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Episode 1247

Air Date: May 2, 1972
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Mister Rogers arrives with a battery-powered bell which he takes to the kitchen to demonstrate. After he explains that anything with wires attached should be handled only with the help of a grown-up, he sings I'm Interested in Things.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the telecan continues to move up and down as Mr. McFeely delivers a package to X the Owl from the Owl Correspondence School. The package contains a history puzzle featuring various individuals from American history. Mr. McFeely uses the malfunctioning telecan to call Lady Aberlin and ask her to help X with the puzzle. The completed puzzle forms a lenghtly display with a ringing Liberty Bell at the bottom which Lady Aberlin hangs from the telecan.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers calls Mr. McFeely and learns that he is not feeling well. Visiting Mr. McFeely at his home, Mister Rogers observes as Dr. Crippens makes a housecall and examines his weary friend. Dr. Crippens finds that Mr. McFeely is healthy but recommends that he rest in order to rebuild his strength. Talking with Mister Rogers and Mrs. McFeely, Mr. McFeely wonders if he should slow down his hurried lifestyle a bit -- espcially after his grandchildren had recently expressed a similar concern to him. Mrs. McFeely brings out Gingersnap, a puppy they are caring for.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers talks about how children often have wonderful ideas.


Leading into Make-Believe, Mister Rogers does not use his regular models. Instead he uses pieces from the 1970 Neighborhood of Make-Believe Puzzle Toy.

The instructions for the OCS lesson are signed by "Fern Owl, Director of Curriculum."

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Crippens, Betsy Nadas, David Newell
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh
The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1972 Family Communications, Inc.

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