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Episode 1358

Air Date: April 3, 1974
Previous Episode: 1357
Next Episode: 1359

Mister Rogers arrives with a film as well as balls of white string and purple string. In the kitchen, uses the string to make a ring. Wearing his glasses as he works, he talks about how they help him to see and then shares a film about people who make lenses for eyeglasses. After the film, Mister Rogers sings Everybody's Fancy.

At Elsie Neal's Craft Shop, Mister Rogers meets Myra Stone, a silversmith who shows some of the jewelry she has created. He and Ms. Neal watch as she uses her special tools to make shape a piece of metal into a bracelet.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is unhappy with the changes happening on Planet Purple. Paul and Pauline Purple tell her that with her discovery of the planet, Lady Elaine became their "liberator" and one of the changes they have made is to the name of the planet, now called Planet Purple Fairchilde. With this information, and a special Planet Purple Fairchilde ring she is given, Lady Elaine is full of pride and much more content with the changes to Planet Purple.

At the castle, Lady Elaine suggests changing the name of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe Fairchilde. King Friday finds this idea preposterous but Lady Elaine seems determined to hold a vote in Make-Believe much like the name-changing process that took place on Planet Purple.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special.


Before the film, Mister Rogers makes a point to emphasize the human element of the lens-making process: "There are a lot of machines...but the people do such important work."

Appearing In This Episode


  • Myra Stone




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Elsie Neal
With Myra Stone
"How Eyeglasses Are Made" courtesy of University of Houston College of Optometry
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

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

1974, 1975 Family Communications

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