Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 23 Episode 15

Then & Now (5)

Aired Unknown Sep 03, 1993 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers shows a slide whistle. He starts playing Yankee Doodle on the slide whistle, then finishes it on the piano. It took him time to learn either instrument. He goes to the symphony hall to see Itzhak Perlman. Perlman greets Rogers, saying he has been using crutches since he was stricken with polio at the age of four. But his arms are very strong. He plays Yankee Doodle on a 1714 Stradivarius violin. At Rogers' asking, Perlman plays tunes to express sadness and joy. He then plays one of his favorite pieces: a portion of a caprice by Paganini. Perlman talks of his children, all of whom can either sing or play musical instruments. In the NOM, King Friday sees for himself, with Robert Troll's help, that the Neighborhood Trolley can show images of people's past. The Trolley shows Friday as a baby with his parents – an image that delights Prince Tuesday. At Tuesday's request, Robert Troll asks the Trolley to show Robert as a child with his parents. When Miss Paulifficate appears, the Trolley changes its image to show a young Miss Paulifficate with King Friday and Queen Sara. Miss Paulifficate invites everyone, Trolley included, to the Long Ago party at the LA Room. Back at the television house, Rogers spends most of the remaining time discussing Colonial Williamsburg. He shows a picture book called Colonial Williamsburg (unavailable), detailing some of the activities, crafts, and other elements of colonial times. He reflects on one of his visits (video insert), pointing out old wardrobe, buildings, craft demonstrations, and a parade. Among the representations of 17th-Century life, Rogers paid special attention to a kitchen beside a house. Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, You're Growing, It's You I Like, Good Feeling.