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Episode 1285

Air Date: March 23, 1973
Previous Episode: 1284
Next Episode: 1286

Mister Rogers arrives with a pair of chopsticks which he compares to a fork and spoon. Mr. McFeely arrives with a film about people using chopsticks to feed themselves. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers attempts to pick up carrot sticks with the chopsticks.

At Bob Trow's workshop, Mr. Trow is building a bird house for a "troglodytes aedon" -- a wren.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday XIII has a new pet -- a wooden bird on a stick he has named "Troglodytes Aedon."

Lady Aberlin, who has been caring for Purple Panda, has lost track of her friend and is searching for him throughout Make-Believe. Paul and Pauline Purple briefly appear and inform her that Purple Panda has done a "sixteen" which means he cannot return to Planet Purple.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings I Like To Be Told. He concludes for the day by making his own pet bird on a stick.


The writing on the chopsticks says "happiness / wealth / long life / comfort / health."

Mr. McFeely cannot stay to watch the film about chopsticks. He must return home where he and Mrs. McFeely will be grooming Brambles -- the horse seen on Episode 1283.

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell (uncredited), Dave Nohling, Bob Trow
Eating With Chopsticks Film by George Boyle
Produced and Directed by Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producers: Betsy Nadas, David Newell
Assistand Producer: Laura Perkins
Production Assistant: Azriel Gamliel
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David Smith
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, David Anthony, Dick LaSota
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

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© 1972, 1973 Family Communications, Inc.

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