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Episode 1359

Air Date: April 4, 1974
Previous Episode: 1358
Next Episode: 1360

Mister Rogers arrives with pictures of four children and a paper with their names. After showing four more pictures of the same children, this time wearing costumes, he asks viewers to vote for their favorite costume. Using these pictures as an example, Mister Rogers explains the voting process.

At Bob Trow's workshop, Mr. Trow is working on a voting machine. He and Mister Rogers show how the machine is used and they explain the procedures that grown-ups go through in order to vote in an organized election.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is conducting a survey to see who might be in favor of changing the name of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe Fairchilde." Meanwhile, X the Owl has completed printing a series of campaign posters for Lady Elaine. Handyman Negri quickly finds that most neighbors are against the idea of changing the name of Make-Believe. Lady Elaine takes the news quite well when it is delivered by Handyman Negri as she realizes that she still has a planet named after her.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about winning and losing before singing The People You Like the Most. He concludes by using rhythm to stack some random objects on the kitchen table.


The names of the children in the costume vote are Anire, Jonathan, Justine, and Tereneh.

X the Owl's campaign posters include photos of Lady Elaine with the slogan: "Purple Planet did it. You can too. Add the name Fairchilde. That's what to do."

The final vote for changing the name of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe is 7-3 against making the change. Lady Elaine, Handyman Negri, and X the Owl voted in favor of the change. King Friday, Queen Sara, Grandpere, Dr. Bill, Elsie Jean, Henrietta, and Corney voted against it.

Grandpere is not at the castle but casts his vote by leaving a note. Translated from French, this note reads: "I vote NO to change the name of our neighborhood."

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: W.P. Barker, Joe Negri, Bob Trow
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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