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Episode 1372

Air Date: April 23, 1974
Previous Episode: 1371
Next Episode: 1373

Mister Rogers arrives with a pair of headphones which he was recently using to listen to music. Explaining that when he unplugs the headphones, he can no longer hear the music, he goes on to talk about what it may be like to not hear.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl continues looking for his new teacher as he communicates with Pilot Ito who is searching from the sky. X has joined Pilot Ito when his new teacher, Professor Scanlon, arrives at the tree. At first, Henrietta Pussycat is afraid of Professor Scanlon because he sounds different when he speaks. He explains to Lady Aberlin that he is able to understand others by reading their lips and seeing their faces. Professor Scanlon shows her the many educational tools he has in his cart. When King Friday XIII learns that the Owl Correspondence School has sent X the Owl a teacher who is deaf, he refuses to meet him fearing that he will look foolish if he is not able to understand him.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits Betty's Little Theatre where Tim Scanlon and others from his pantomime group are rehearsing.


Professor Scanlon arrives prepared to teach lessons in art, archery, acting, pottery, pole vaulting, and printing.

To help him find X the Owl, Professor Scanlon uses a detailed drawing of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

At the end of the episode, Mister Rogers shows a hand game he used to play as a boy where he would form a "house" with his hands which he could open up to show all of the "people." This is commonly played using the rhyme: "Here's the church, here's the steeple, open the doors and there are the people."

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Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Elaine Bromka, Yoshi Ito (uncredited), Rico Peterson, Joseph Sarpy, Tim Scanlon
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, Inc.

Tim Scanlon and Elaine Bromka appear courtesy of the O'Neill Center's National Theatre of the Deaf. The NTD receives basic funding from the Office of Education, Department of Health, Education & Welfare.

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