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Episode 1395

Air Date: February 21, 1975
Previous Episode: 1394
Next Episode: 1396

Mister Rogers cleans out his coat closet and finds a variety of items including stocking caps, dress pants for his sons, and a paper hat. In the kitchen, he uses newspaper to show how to make a paper hat.

At Betty's Little Theater, Mister Rogers observes as Lester Evans teaches a tap dancing class. Johnny Costa provides the music for the class. Audrey Roth and Mary Lou Autenreith perform a routine they have been practicing before Mister Rogers tries a few basic steps himself.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin dances her way to the tree where Henrietta Pussycat is cleaning her house. Henrietta plans to give her clothes she has outgrown to Ana Platypus for dress-up play. X the Owl refuses to try on one of Henrietta's hats for fun because he expects that he will then become a girl. Lady Aberlin expains to him that wearing someone else's clothes does not turn them into that person.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is thinking about the giant she was expecting to come for the Frisbee. Lady Aberlin tells her that it is okay to be afraid and that things can be less scary when you talk about those fears.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about being afraid and concludes by singing Everybody's Fancy.


Mister Rogers refers to the stocking caps as "tossle caps" -- a term apparently specific to Pittsburgh natives.

During Lester Evans' performance, Johnny Costa plays a rearrangement of Duke Ellington's Satin Doll.

Before he makes a paper hat, Mister Rogers mentions that someone once told him that when he did it before, he did it too fast and they could not see how it was done. This may be in reference to Episode 1180 when he and his son Jamie made paper hats.

Let's Be Together Today plays in the background as the episode transitions to Betty's Little Theater.

Johnny Costa plays several familiar tunes during the tap dance lesson including Look and Listen, I Like To Take My Time, and You Are Special.

As Henrietta Pussycat cleans her house, she hums the tune to Just For Once.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Lester Evans
  • Mary Lou Autenreith




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Mary Lou Autenreith, John Costa, Lester Evans, Joe Negri, Audrey Roth
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa
Bass: Ronald Fudoli
Percussion: Robert Rawsthorne
Written by Fred Rogers
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Film Producer: Laura Perkins
Associate Producers: David Newell, Nan Wheelock
Assistant Producer and Associate Director: Azriel Gamliel
Assistant to the Director: Terry Marie Baskot
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David M. Smith
Propmaster: Janus Purins
Assistant Propmaster: Norene Confeld
Lighting Director: Gregory King
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Jack Arthurs, David Anthony
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Dick LaSota

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, Johnson & Johnson, Public Television Stations, the Ford Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Supplementary funds for this series have been provided by the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, U.S. Office of Education

© 1975, Family Communications, Inc.

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