Talk:Mister Rogers' Neighborhood/Archive 1

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Is the trolley a character? Mr. Rogers talks to it, and it tinkles back at him... --Uncle Ed

I think tinkling is qualification enough for trolley to be a character. Plus, trolley's magical. :) Atorpen

The Fred Rogers article contains a section on this show. Should it be moved here? -- Kimiko 14:30, 4 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Definitely, especially considering that his biography article has more information about the show than the article about the show itself. The current article about the program doesn't do nearly enough justice to the show that influenced more children's lives (mine included) than any other. :) Kakashi-sensei 05:03, 6 September 2005 (UTC)

"The series was divided into two halves. The first half aired from 1968 to 1976 (pre-79). The second half aired from 1979 to 2002 (modern series). Episodes of the first half are no longer shown on television."

What about 76-79? or should it read 1968-79 03:49, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

Comment by Jcr13 17:39, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

I am working on expanding this article a bit. I talked to FCI on the phone today. Here is an email that I am about to send them:

First, you can take a look at the current article here:

In my opinion, the article is still a bit lean (only one picture... only five sections). The largest section is currently "Mister Rogers in popular culture," which simply lists pop culture references to the show.

I recently expanded the "About the Show" section quite a bit. I would like to add a new section called "Show Topics" that would focus on the types of issues that Mister Rogers discussed. One amazing thing about the show was that it dealt with "difficult" topics (issues that other childrens' programming avoided). I am aware, from other articles about the show, that the topics included divorce, death, and war. I also recall, from my personal exposure to the show, that Mister Rogers talked quite a bit about anger and how to deal with it in peaceful ways (such as pounding clay).

In the "Show Topics" section, I plan to give a general list of topics discussed and then give more detailed descriptions of particualarly interesting episodes as highlights.

So far, I am interested in writing a summary of the "Conflict" series (1983, season 14, episodes 651 through 655). All that I know about this series now is that there is some kind of "arms race" in Make-Believe between the Neighborhood and Southwood, and that the conflict ends in a peaceful manner.

Are these particular episodes available from your archives?

I am interested in samples of other episodes that covered other "difficult" topics as well.

Also, some sort of list of the topics covered by all 895 episodes (e.g., an archive index) would be helpful when I compose the general list of topics covered. For this list, I want to give a good overview of all the topics covered (including Grandparents, Sharing, Be Yourself, etc.), and not just the difficult topics.

Also, while I've got your attention, two more things...

Here is a quote from the current article:

>>>> Pittsburgh-area native Michael Keaton got his first major acting break as a "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" character in 1975. >>>>

Is this accurate? If so, what character did Keaton play?

Are the very early episodes (from the CBC or NET shows) available in your archives? If so, I would be interested in writing a bit about those to highlight how the show changed over the years. For example, it would be great to have something in the article about the first-ever MisteRogers show (episode 1, if you will). According to the current article, the CBC broadcasts were only 15 minutes long.

Thank you for your time, Jason Rohrer

Re: Michael Keaton

According to IMDB, 1968 was the first instance of him on TV--and yes, it really was on Mr. Roger's show (he is credited as the "stage man".)

-- JFB 07:26, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Jcr13 17:08, 21 April 2006 (UTC) Okay, got a nice letter back from FCI and made a lot of changes. Here is a dump of source material for you:

Dear Jason,

Thanks for being in touch with us. I�m glad to help with your questions. Let me know if there�s any other information you still need after you�ve read this.

Michael Keaton was on the production crew in 1975. Part of his responsibility was running the Trolley for us. He was on-camera twice: once in a group of �circus acrobats� who parodied circus acts � called themselves �The Flying Zookeenies.� They did their �tricks� as a gift for King Friday�s birthday. He also appeared as a phone answerer, along with others who were helping with the Museum-Go-Round TV auction that was similar to the PBS auctions that public stations used to have as fund-raisers.

I think we have somewhere here only a few of the early programs from the CBC�We also have the early NET programs. You might like to know they are available for students at our archives at the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information sciences. A number of tapes are also at the NY Museum of Radio and Television. What�s on the air now starts with the programs made from 1979 on. Actually, the program didn�t change much over the years! Fred Rogers used to say that �While the outsides of children�s lives may have changed, their insides haven�t changed at all�evolution doesn�t happen that quickly!� One thing that was new � from 1979 on, each year he wrote the programs as Theme weeks � with a theme across a whole week. (In the earlier years, the theme sometimes carried over to the next week�or lasted only a few days. He may have picked up his pace just a bit from the ones we did in the late 60�s and early 70�s�and he showed more factory videos. But other than that, the pacing and tone and format matched what helps children learn -- then and now!

We don�t show the Conflict week any more. King Friday misunderstood about the small parts that were ordered by a neighboring community � thought they were building bombs. It turned out they were making record players. That week was written during the time when bomb threats weren�t real�today they are!

To get a good look at the topics, why don�t you go to our website and click on the newsletter on the lefthand side, you�ll see the words Broadcast Schedule � click on the year at a glance. That�ll give you the calendar for the year. You can see on the schedule the theme for each week. In fact, maybe you�ll tell people to go to our two websites: and

What other difficult things did we deal with? Here�s my list:

Divorce, death, adoption, scary things on TV, anger, when parents are at work, going away & coming back (hard issue for young children when their loved ones go away�until they trust they�ll come back!), competition, jealousy, concerns about the new baby, going to the emergency room � x-rays and stitches, the pediatrician�s office for an exam, getting an immunization, what�s in an ambulance, nighttime fears, scary dreams, fear of going down the drain, sharing, when adults get angry, feeling shy, going to the dentist, going to the eye doctor, feeling more comfortable with people who have disabilities.

And yes, Fred Rogers also wrote a lot of programs that are joyful! The operas, the parties, the festivals, Celebrating the Arts, celebrating the little moments in life�celebrating children�s growing (especially their �inside� growing), helping children feel good about who they are � and appreciating others.

I found a number of things in your writeup that I felt weren�t quite right or accurate. Is there a chance you�d consider a few minor revisions? Here�s one: we didn�t refer to Mister Rogers� Neighborhood as a show�we called it a program. There is a difference (a show is more for entertainment�this is entertainment, but it�s also about life lessons�a show is more one-sided, but this is more interactive). I see that you have a lot of references to �show� � any chance you�d change them to the word program?

The first paragraph refers to the program in the past. We are currently being broadcast on almost all PBS stations. Can you please change it to :Mister Rogers� Neighborhood is a children�s television program created and hosted by Fred Rogers, which was produced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Rogers� non-profit company, Family Communications., Inc.

(actually, in the late 1960�s for a few years it was produced by WQED, but after Fred formed his own production company, we just used their studios � and our offices are housed at WQED).

8) Under History�the end of the second paragraph is more accurate if you say on most PBS stations.

It�s also more accurate in the third paragraph under History to say that: The first half was produced from 1968 to 1979. The second half was produced from 1979 � 2001. (In the broadcast schedule, we had to mix the old ones with the new for a number of yeras, until we had enough new ones to fill a whole year).

It�s also more accurate to say the program was produced at WQED, rather than originated.

9) Under About the Show (Program), in the paragraph that starts� This reality/fantasy distinction�it�s more accurate to end it by saying Sesame Street, which freely mixed realistic and fantasy elements. (I guess you were trying to balance realistic with fantastic, but fantastic makes it sound super-wonderful!)

When you write about the music � Fred composed all the songs (the melodies and the lyrics!) There are over 200 of them! John Costa arranged and played them, along with the other members of his trio, but he didn�t compose them. And he wasn�t Fred�s brother-in-law. That�s the first time we heard that one! Wonder where you found it!

10) Under Characters on the program, can you list Bob Trow (Bob Dog, Robert Troll) up there with the real people? Now he�s listed after the puppets.

Also in that paragraph, it�s more accurate to say that the puppet characters were developed by Rogers years earlier for The Children�s Corner, the educational children�s program he co-produced with Josie Carey.

On the last paragraph in that section of Characters, I wouldn�t refer to Fred as a character. He was himself on the program, not a character. I would just eliminate the beginning phrase. Or you could say Host and creator of the program Fred Rogers passed away�

11) For the latest addition under Mister Rogers in popular culture -- did you hear the news last week, that the CD called Songs from the Neighborhood � Fred Rogers� songs sung by such great musical artists as Roberta Flack, Amy Grant, Jon Secada, etc., and produced by Dennis Scott � won the Grammy for best children�s music? You can find out more about it on

Jason, hope this has been helpful. Let me know if you have any questions�or need anything more. I�ve been here almost 40 years�and I know a lot of history.

Hedda Sharapan


If the show was aired on CBC first, why does it say that the country of origin is the 'United States'? - IstvanWolf 17:12, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Prank edit...?

I noticed in the About the show section of this article, in the 4th paragraph down, it says:

"Once, a crew member managed to sneak onto the set, and Mr. Rogers reportedly cried, "Snakes on a plane." This episode was taken off the air and was never aired again."

Considering the whole viral internet meme going around about the soon-to-be-released (and already cult) movie Snakes On A Plane, I think that this is obviously put in the article as a prank... misternuvistor 04:31, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Crowd Control

"When Fred Rogers died in 2003, PBS was forced to do some crowd control via their website to make children not to be scared about Mr. Rogers recent death and addressed parents on what to say to them about Mr. Rogers and how to approach a child who asks about him. PBS stated that the parents would have to say that although Mr. Rogers is no longer with us, he shall live on in the television show."

What kind of crowd control keeps kids from being scared? --Gbleem 06:18, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

I noticed this too, and I revised it. I think they meant to say "damage control", but even that isn't quite the appropriate phrase (though I get what they were trying to say). NickBurns 19:21, 22 October 2006 (UTC)


" It is noted for having the longest run of any American series that is not a news program or a soap opera."

I'm not sure I like these kinds of statistics. Why not the longest running TV show staring a guy named Fred? The longest running show with a toy trolly? --Gbleem 01:37, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

It is an awkward way to say that....But it is true that the only shows on TV that have run longer than MRN are either news programs or soaps - I think that a handful of the soaps have been on 40+ years, with "Guiding Light" turning 70 in 2007 (if you factor radio time in as well) and I believe either "Meet the Press" or "Face the Nation" - or both - have both hit 50-60 years. NickBurns 19:24, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

apartment building

does anyone have a cap of the building they used in place of the NET building in early 70s model neighborhood? Also, when did they switch th the building that they used for the rest of the show's run? 23:11, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

The article says it's the same building repainted. --Gbleem 23:22, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Urban legend/vandalism

I removed the following from the article:

"However, this gentleness was a cover-up of the dark and violent past of Fred Rogers. As a sniper in Vietnam, Mr. Rogers had at least 41 confirmed kills. This figure does not include women and children. Mister Rogers' trademark sweaters began as a method to cover up his tattoos. Though not confirmed, it is rumored that his left arm features a graphic image of Satan stabbing Abraham Lincoln with a trident."

Come on, people. That's just tacky. I get that it's supposed to be humorous, but draw the line somewhere. --Matt S. 16:18, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

References in popular culture

I keep looking at the pop culture section and trying to weed it out some; it's too big, and I think the single-line references to Mr. Rogers in things like The Simpsons need to go. --Chris Griswold () 04:51, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

DUDE! A tip of the hat from Seth McFarlane on 'Family Guy' when Stewie, as King Friday, decries the notion that a King wouldn't have a castle by the train tracks and asks if this is Mexico! LOL A must-add RIPC. Macshill (talk) 23:52, 17 July 2009 (UTC)


While this section lacks citation, it is important to keep this section up and available for editors to review and research. I agree that we should tag this section for "sources", but we must give it more than a few hours before removing the section. Why? Well, for one, it gives editors a chance to find sources. These episodes were taped prior to the advent of the web. As a result, sources may not simply be a Google search away. For another, I've e-mailed the good folks at FCI and asked them to review this section. It's Friday, and I would expect it will take them a week or two to get to it. If this section is removed, they won't be able to review it, and I doubt they're versed in the esoterica associated with scanning article histories for prior versions. Sure, we could send them a copy of the section, but by leaving it up, they can review the whole article - something they have done for us in the past. As a minimum, though, except in cases of blatant vandalism, it's only polite to give more than a few hours to find sources after sources are requested. Rklawton 00:00, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

The section remains in the history. But I will try to compromise by moving the selection here:
The other special was a more updated version of the famous 1968 Robert F. Kennedy episode that aired in 1981 due to Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II's assassination attempts. The reason behind this was the continuous airing of the shootings in the television media. The story has Rogers discussing the recent tragedies including John Lennon's murder from 1980. But it mostly deals in the Neighborhood of Make Believe where a character named Walking Talking Tree was found dead and believed murdered. On Lady Elaine's TV station MGR-TV, Lady Elaine and a male human co-anchor did continuous coverage of her co-anchor sadly carrying the dead Walking Talking Tree. He gets annoyed with Elaine because she keeps showing him carrying the dead tree. After a moment of fear, the killer turned itself in, which was another walking talking tree. This special was aired for only 3 months in 1981 and was never shown again. Rogers was asked about this particular special during an interview for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation but stated that he couldn't remember.[citation needed]

If anyone wants to further research this, they may. But I am very seriously calling it into question, so this does not belong in the article until it is verified. --Chris Griswold () 00:37, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

In that case, you are the first editor I've found who has marked something as unsourced and removed it in the same day without a shred of evidence - and without giving other editors a chance to research the matter. That shoot-first approach isn't typical of experienced editors. Rklawton 02:57, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
That's fine. I do like to be bold. And the guidelines guide my actions: from WP:CITE: Don't be inappropriately cautious about removing unsourced material...If it is doubtful and harmful, you should remove it from the article; you may want to move it to the talk page and ask for a source, unless you regard it is as very harmful or absurd, in which case it shouldn't be posted to a talk page either. Use your common sense. This section very much seems inappropriate, and so I have removed it from the article. It is that simple. Wikipedia:Verifiability dictates that we do not add unverifiable material to articles, and currently, this is unverifiable. As you have pointed out, there is no trace of this special online, but the offline work I have done has turned up nothing either. The only thing that will merit this selection's return to the article is a published reliable source. --Chris Griswold () 04:32, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
I watched Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood when the special about the Walking Talking Tree aired, and remember parts of it vividly. I don't remember the scenes with Lady Elaine and the TV coverage, but do have a clear memory that a walking talking tree appeared as a character in that episode, and then later a larger walking talking tree showed up. Near the end, one of the regular characters (it may have been Daniel) told another character that the big WTT had killed the little WTT. No violence was shown on screen.
I believe the deleted entry describes a real episode and is not a hoax. There are no solid sources on the Web, but there must be film or documentation somewhere. Does anyone else remember this episode, or know of someone still living who might have a script or other record of it?
Cephal-odd 16:50, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

FCI e-mails

I just noticed these above. These are not reliable sources. Please do not treat them as such. --Chris Griswold () 00:37, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Just out of curiosity, why is an e-mail from FCI not considered a reliable source? I would have thought it would be the most reliable source possible. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:29, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Popular culture

Since this article is about Fred Rogers, it seems to make sense to limit this section to Mr. Rogers' involvement in popular culture - rather than the other way around. That is, if Mr. Rogers made a guest appearance on another show, at an event, etc, then it belongs here. If some other show referenced Mr. Rogers without his actual involvement, then this reference belongs in that article's show and not here - as Mr. Rogers had nothing personally to do with it. If an editor would like to include a sourced paragraph on Mr. Rogers' impact on popular culture, that would be great. However, many of the examples currently provided demonstrating this impact actually comprise original research regarding his impact on popular culture and are therefore not appropriate for Wikipedia. Thoughts? Rklawton 19:52, 3 January 2007 (UTC)


How was it spelled on his banner? --Gbleem 10:56, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Too much trivia

The pop culture section really needs to be trimmed. Too much trivia, really. --Chris Griswold () --Chris Griswold () 08:17, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely

They both feature in a song by "BloodHound Gang", album "One Fierce Beer Coaster, song "Your Only Friends Are Make Believe". After the joke at the start of the song, it coninues with; "Knock, knock Mr Rogers. It's Mr McFeely. I brought you a letter, speedy delivery. Well Mr Mcfeely, if there's postage due, you can go f-yourself like Captain Cangaroo...". The song continues on a seemingly negative direction, but the end is not bad - "...Your best friend is you, I'm my best friend too, I share the same views and hardly ever argue..."

AliceD 14:05, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Fred Rogers and Yo Yo Ma.jpg

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After I did a reversion edit to this article, which I labeled as being due to vandalism, I realized that the article probably ended up looking like it did due to some editing errors by I wanted to be sure I didn't falsely accuse someone of vandalism. Nonetheless, the revision was warranted. Thanks! Kyhiking 14:34, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Show cancellation

I was shocked to read in this article that the show was being eliminated from PBS as part of the new fall line-up; however consulting my local affiliate, the show will still air at 6:30am. I looked for a more definitive source, but couldn't find anything. I changed it to 'some PBS affiliates', which I hope is more accurate.

Signless 09:20, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

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Verb in introductory sentence (is vs. was)

The show's last episode was in 2001. There have been so many is/was changes to the verb in the introductory sentence and I can't find any discussion in this talk page. Georgia guy 17:19, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

The proper form is to use "is", as per Wikipedia convention. (You're not alone in asking about this - it comes up all the time.) Basically, the show still exists as a creative work, as the the episodes have not been destroyed. Therefore, it "is" a television series. It "was" in production (as that has ceased); the trick is to structure the lead so as to allow for the different tenses. Hope this helps. --Ckatzchatspy 18:36, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Trolley specs

I'm trying to dig up my old 1987 issue of Model Railroader that featured an article about the two trolleys. The big one was G scale, the little one was HO scale, kitbashed by the author in 1982, and pulled through the set with a fishing line. Although, Mr. Rogers had a motto of: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," he was delighted by the results. MMetro 20:14, 8 November 2007 (UTC)


Talk has added "Baby Products Company" to Johnson&Johnson in the funding list. This seems superfluous. Is there any reason why it should stay?Cstaffa (talk) 06:04, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Not that I'm aware of. I've never heard the company referred to by that name. I've only heard it called "Johnson & Johnson." The change was made without an explanation by a unregistered user listed only by an IP address. Due to these circumstances, I would suggest reverting the change unless the individual in question produces a concrete reason as to why the change was made and why it should remain. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 23:22, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Conflict week

The article currently says "Almost all of the 1979–2001 episodes are in active rotation on PBS. The only exception is the week-long "Conflict" series (episodes #1521–#1525), first aired in November of 1983 to coincide with ABC's airing of the television film The Day After, and designed for children to cope with the aftereffects of that film. The series/story arc covered the topics of war, bombs, and an arms race. The "Conflict" series was last aired starting April 1, 1996, due to the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995 and again during the week November 12, 2001 due to 9/11."

I don't think that is entirely true. First of all, although Conflict did air the week of April 1-5, 1996, I don't think that airing had anything to do with the Oklahoma City bombing, since at the time, Conflict week (and all other post-1976 weeks) aired every year. As far as I know, that was just its regular airing for the year. Is there any source that says Conflict aired then because of Ohlahoma? If not, then that comment should be removed, and it should just say that it's last airing was the week of April 1-5, 1996.

Secondly, I've never heard anywhere that Conflict aired Nov. 12-16, 2001. Everything I've ever heard says that Conflict last aired April 1-5, 1996. Can anyone provide a source saying that Conflict aired Nov. 12-16, 2001? Or, at a minimum, does anyone specifically remember watching Conflict week airing that week? If not, then that should be removed.

If nobody comments or updates those comments, I'm going to go ahead and update them, but I want to give others a chance, and not delete something that could possibly be correct. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:22, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

What happened in the missing years?

What? Not a WORD about why the show went away between '76 and '79???? Inquiring minds want to know! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:32, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

The show didn't "go away" during those years. In the in-between times, episodes made before '76 were reaired while the newer version of the series was in production for three years. Then, after the newer episodes started to be aired in '79, the older episodes were taken off the air, never to be seen again unless you get the DVD version of the show. However, all this, I believe (unless I'm mistaken) is detailed in the article itself. For more information, visit the Mister Rogers' page on, the official Mister Rogers site which is independent of PBS. Does that help? --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 22:24, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
That was not entirely true that the older episodes were taken off the air when the newer episodes started in 1979. From 1979-1995, the schedule each year would be a mix of older and newer episodes. It was not until 1996 that there were enough new episodes to fill a full year schedule. There were only about 3 weeks of new episodes each year. August 11, 1995 was the last time that a pre-1979 episode aired.
I do not know what Fred did during the hiatus. In fact, I saw an interview where he was asked, and he said tha the had no memory of there being a break in production. I wonder if he really forgot about it, or if he just didn't want to talk about it for whatever reason.

Dates and date formatting

I have changed the date formats to U.S. usage, and eliminated repetition in the date ranges. I think this is justified by Wikipedia:DATE#Dates, specifically the points beginning "Date ranges are preferably given with minimal repetition" and "Strong national ties to a topic." I further removed autoformatting-linking from a date in a quotation according to "Consistency within articles...except...dates within quotations and titles...." Cstaffa (talk) 23:37, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Reverted, for now - some of the changes don't appear necessary. Why did you remove wiki formatting; that prevents the preferences settings from working. --Ckatzchatspy 23:50, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
The links unnecessarily highlight the dates. The links which I removed don't seem to add anything to understanding; they only reduce readability. As this article is about a U.S. television program, readers should not be bothered if the dates appear in U.S. format. Did you bother to read the sections of Wikipedia:DATE#Dates which I referenced? And why revert me if only *some* of the changes "don't appear necessary"? Cstaffa (talk) 01:01, 4 June 2008 (UTC)


In this article it says that Arthur's appearance on this show, in 1999, was prior to Mister Rogers appearance on Arthur, but according to the episode guide Mister Rogers apperance on Arthur was in 1997, so it came before. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gabrielboros100 (talkcontribs) 18:03, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

And it had to be before because Mister Rogers makes reference to his appearance on "Arthur" when he visits Marc Brown and meets "Arthur" again. This should definitely be fixed. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 03:37, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Since there has been no commentary on this issue in the last five days, I'll go ahead and change it. Any disagreements should be posted here before changing it back. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 19:38, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Opening/Closing songs

I'm posting this because a user recently removed the text of the opening and closings songs for this program on the basis that the inclusion of such constituted a violation of WP's policy on copyrighted material. I contend that if the songs are in the public domain, they are permissible for inclusion as long as the location from which they came is sourced. The FCI website gives the texts for many of Fred Rogers' songs. Following are links to the songs that opened and closed the show during the 1978-2001 run:

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

It's Such a Good Feeling

Both of these merely contain the notice that the songs were copyrighted on the date indicated. You will notice that the "Good Feelings song" was copyrighted in 1970. "Won't You Be My Neighbor" was copyrighted in 1967. In either case, that was over 30 years ago, and I believe there is a proviso in copyright law that if a copyright is not renewed within a 30 year period of the original copyright date, then the copyright no longer applies. However, even if the copyright is still valid, there is no proviso about the terms of that copyright. This means, in essence, that if we provide a source for the songs, they are permissible for inclusion.

I found a lot of sources for the "Tomorrow" song, one of which was on Wikiquote, but none of the sites I found with this song tell where the text actually came from. I'm sure if we searched hard enough, we could find it, but I wouldn't know where to look.

At the end of the day, the real issue is not the fact that these songs are copyrighted. The real issue happens to be whether or not such copyright applies today and whether or not this places a limit on whether or not we can post these lyrics. I'm not seeing anything that forbids the posting of these songs in the public domain, and even if there was, if the source for the songs is listed, it shouldn't be a problem. Thoughts? --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 19:31, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

No feedback has been provided on this issue. If I'm wrong in what I said previously, I'd like to know about it. I believe we can safely include the text for "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and "It's Such a Good Feeling." The same, of course, obviously applies to the "Tomorrow" song, since it's older than either of these. I strongly feel this issue should be resolved. Does anyone object to or agree with reincluding them? --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 00:52, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Why doesn't the Open/Closing Songs paragraph even mention the "Tomorrow" song? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:32, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

Still running?

Okay, Mister Rogers is deceased, but they're still showing reruns. Does that really mean the show is still running? By that definition, Star Trek is still running. (talk) 22:54, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

As I understand it, if reruns are still being shown somewhere, the show is still running. But I'd welcome anyone correcting me if I'm wrong. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 00:44, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Navy Seal Tattoos?

Deleted sentence in "History of the Show" which claimed that Rogers wore sweaters to cover up Navy Seal tattoos. Source link mentioned no such thing. (talk) 21:31, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

"The Ultimate Showdown"

I've seen "The Ultimate Showdown", it's very funny, and the ending with Mr. Rogers was pretty ingenius, but that song is humorous for it's irony. Though that Mr. Rogers is reffered to as the victor is a fact, I have deleted the information in tribute to the man's sincerity in his life's work. Mr. Rogers was not an ironic person, he was completely serious. Thus, the fact is gone. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:16, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

episode list

Shouldn't we create articles of each season of this series like we have done on Thomas and Friends (a single article on the episode list would be too long as there are some 800 episodes). The same thing should also be done for Reading Rainbow.trainfan01 talk 19:45, November 16, 2010 (UTC)

Whoops, I just discovered the RR episode list article now. trainfan01 talk 20:56, November 27, 2010 (UTC)

The rumor of Costa being his brother-in-law

Fred Rogers had only one sister, and she was never married to Johnny Costa. Also Fred's one and only wife was not related to Costa. Therefore, I do not see how Rogers and Costa could be brothers-in-law. It's clearly impossible. Therefore, anyone saying so is spreading a rumor --Trivia in included, which is not even sourced at all! Anyone can throw nonsense in there, if they choose. When you try to edit the "Trivia" section at IMDb, it says "By the action of sending information to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) via this form, you declare that the submitted data is correct to the best of your knowledge, not copyrighted by a third party and you hereby give the IMDb permission to use it." That does not guarantee that everyone reads that statement or even adheres to it!

Thanks to PSWG1920 for pointing out that the attempt to add this rumor to this article had no reliable source. Costa and Rogers were never related. --Skol fir (talk) 07:42, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Yes, apart from being poorly sourced, I was pretty sure that that claim was simply false. I knew that Fred's wife's maiden name was Byrd, and that Fred's only sister was Elaine, while Johnny Costa's wife was Helen. That left the possibility that Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Costa were sisters. But then I found out that Joanne Byrd Rogers had been an only child, so that was out as well. And even if you stretch "brother-in-law" a bit farther, there still doesn't seem to be any evidence of a relationship. PSWG1920 (talk) 10:41, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
That's right. I didn't think of the two wives being sisters, as I knew that Rogers was already married when he started his show in Toronto, well away from the final location in Pittsburgh, where he met Costa for the first time. Costa was married in 1941 (when Rogers was only 13 years old), and Rogers was married in 1952. If they had been sisters, it would have been strange that Rogers would not have known Costa until he joined him on WQED.
FYI, I had IMDB change the section in "Trivia" to remove the rumor about them being brothers-in-law. They quickly obliged, as you can see here: MisteRogers' Neighborhood (1968) - Trivia -- "Johnny Costa was the musical director of MisteRogers' Neighborhood, as well as pianist, conductor and arranger. Following the death of Costa in 1996, his music continued to be used on the show." --Skol fir (talk) 21:55, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Mention of Wagner documentary about Fred Rogers

I believe that the addition of this material was unjustly labeled as SPAM by User:Mbinebri. Maybe this editor failed to even read the contents of the article cited, where he would have seen the artistic and historical value of this film. I would suggest that in the future that editor should be more cautious and courteous when approaching NEW editors, who are just becoming familiar with all the millions of rules here at this online encyclopedia. Please read WP:NEWBIES to see what I mean. It would be nice if senior editors would be more considerate when they revert a newcomer's edit!

This documentary about Rogers is a recent, legitimate, well-received and highly regarded documentary, which does have relevance to the life of Fred Rogers, and therefore qualifies as a valid addition to this encyclopedia. However, where the original submitter may have erred, is that this information does not belong in this article, which is about the show, not the man. I would put the note about "Mister Rogers & Me" (Benjamin Wagner, dir. - 2010) into the article about Fred Rogers in a new section related to "Works about Mr. Rogers". Please resubmit there, with more than one citation, as there are several on this film -- see Press about the film. --Skol fir (talk) 02:29, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

You don't seem to understand my edit. I have no issue with mentioning such a film in this article or another. I cited WP:REFSPAM because the editor who added the info only did so in order to link to a certain website. If it was a one-time thing, it wouldn't be an issue. However, when you do it to every article you edit, always linking to that certain website, it becomes a sly form of promotion and that's not allowed here.  Mbinebri  talk ← 03:14, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, Mbinebri, if I came across as a bit harsh. My initial impression was that you had come down too hard on this editor, ACuningham. I looked at one or two other edits and they seemed fine to me, just some minor touch-ups. However, you may be right, that on closer examination, this person might be trying to promote one site, although I don't see any other articles he edited that would require this site. Are you talking about ""? Is his girlfriend maybe the curator, whom he is trying to promote: Homa T. Nasab, an American curator ? I would have to look closer to see if that was his intent. I'll get back to you. :-) --Skol fir (talk) 21:20, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
That didn't take long. I started checking the first edit of every grouping and saw the repeated link to a citation from "". Now, I see the pattern. I once had even a worse case of self-promotion to revert, where a person was trying to push his own blog, because he had created cartoons copied after "Dilbert" (in essence violating Scott Adams' copyright in the process, and pointing us to that violation). Anyway, now I see your point, and I realize that I was too nice to this character, ACuningham. I pointed him here on his talk page, so he'll see that I have come around to your point of view. However, I still think that he had a good idea with the film about Rogers, if only he had used a different approach and put it in the Bio instead. That's all I have to say. --Skol fir (talk) 21:33, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Don't worry about coming across as harsh. I'm certainly guilty of coming across that way when I didn't mean to. And if ACuningham's intent is promotion, it's not the worst I've seen by a long-shot. I once had to deal with an editor who was both the subject's agent and wife - it was like a COI double-whammy!  Mbinebri  talk ← 22:31, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

How about using a source like this one? EDIT: Yes, the Fred Rogers article would be a better place for it. PSWG1920 (talk) 10:27, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

That would be great, along with any one of the other Press articles I mentioned in my link above -- Press about the film (except for the one from "museumviews", which is correctly considered spam). If you have time, you could make the addition to the Fred Rogers article. If not, I'll try to find the time. I'm glad you agree, PSWG1920! --Skol fir (talk) 22:06, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Undue weight

Malikishak1991 (talk · contribs) has been adding unsourced information about Rogers being a sniper, as well as rumors and child molestation. This is considered undue weight. Can anyone take a look into this matter, please? Thanks, Darth Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 00:39, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Look in — Preceding unsigned comment added by Malikishak1991 (talkcontribs) 00:46, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

False Rumors

There are rumors that Rogers began his television career as a result of being convicted of child molestation and as a part of his sentence, he must fulfill a community service obligation by performing a television show for children on a local public station. This is exaggerated by the lack children on his program and adult characters with suggestive names, such as Mr McFeely. However, this is entirely false as Rogers got his start in television through his musical background when, after earning a bachelor's degree in music composition in 1951, was hired by NBC television in New York to serve as an assistant producer (and later as a floor director) for several of the music-variety type programs (The Voice of Firestone, The Lucky Strike Hit Parade, The Kate Smith Hour) prevalent on TV in the early 1950s. Given the protests and boycotts directed at Disney when it was revealed that Victor Salva, the writer-director of their 1995 film Powder, was once convicted of child molestation, it it incredulous to believe that Rogers' show could have maintain its position for 33 years (1968-2001) on public television amidst howls of condemnation by the public, parents included. Furthermore, his sentence has never being brought up by the media and there are no official records of Rogers' sentence.

The lack of children on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was due to stylistic choice. As for Mr McFeely, his name is easily explained: McFeely is also Fred Rogers' middle name, taken from his grandfather, Fred Brooks McFeely.

I found it in Go check it yourself! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Malikishak1991 (talkcontribs) 00:48, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately, even if they are false rumors, please try to find reliable, third party sources in order to verify these claims. Darth Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 00:57, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) The objectives of Wikipedia don't include the spreading of rumors. The only reason to include such content would be if it were noteworthy, and you haven't demonstrated that it is. One editor reverted it over undue weight concerns, I concur and am removing the content again. Rumors are not noteworthy unless they've been shown to be persistent and important to the subject, and that isn't the case here. If there's evidence that the rumors have been widely discussed by multiple reliable sources, then this can be revisited. Otherwise, everyone knows that rumors abound on the Internet, but WP is one site that doesn't spread them without very good reason. Rivertorch (talk) 01:02, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
I agree that there should not be any false rumors added to this article. I initially felt very wary about having some in the Fred Rogers article, but in that case, it seems the consensus was that because the urban legends of Fred Rogers having originally been a hardened soldier were not a priori libelous and were reasonably well commented on by third-party sources, it was okay to succinctly rebut them in an appropriate section. This case, though, seems much more unsavory and less notable, and I agree that it ought to be excluded. —Bill Price (nyb) 04:23, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
This is hardly notable as these are not widespread rumors that need debunking. For example, in the article on Tipping, it is appropriate to include that "tip" does NOT stand for "To imporve performance" as that is a widespread misconception. Whether or not it is appropriate to include in WP, it should, hypothetically, be in the Fred Rogers article, not here. Njsustain (talk) 13:02, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Number of episodes?

The infobox on the side lists two episode numbers, for the EEN episodes: 100. For the PBS episodes: 895. I added up all the episodes listed in all the seasons' articles and the grand total of those equals 905. This causes a disparity of 90 episodes. -Gohst (talk) 08:54, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

I noticed this as well. The Episodes listed are only those from NET/PBS, so it is actually only a discrepancy of 10 episodes, but obviously this is still wrong. Since there's no source given for the number 895, I'm changing it to 905. Tad Lincoln (talk) 05:48, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

Original public tv distributor

There was no "network premiere" of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in the U.S. Public television does not have "networks". Public Television is a de-centralized system of individual, local public tv stations, most of whom have subscriptions with membership organizations such as APT and PBS. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was originally distributed in the U.S. by APT, which was formerly known as Eastern Educational Television Network. — Preceding unsigned comment added by WingedEarth (talkcontribs) 19:54, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

That was BEFORE it premiered on NET in 1968. In 1966, it was distrubuted by APT — Preceding unsigned comment added by ACMEWikiNet (talkcontribs) 03:07, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Broadcast History

The "Broadcast History" section contains several unsourced statements that may or may not be true. Does anyone have a source for these? Or does anyone even remember if they are true? The statements I am talking about are:

"The series' first season (1968/69) consisted of 130 episodes, produced in black-and-white. These episodes were not repeated once the series switched to color production." Does anyone know for sure that these episodes absolutely never aired again anywhere after Feb. 10, 1969? I've heard that is not true, but I haven't seen proof either way, and that was before I was born.

"As a consequence, season 9 consisted of only 7 special episodes, which were not meant to be part of the daily repeat package. Five new episodes (which aired the final week of original episodes of the so-called "first series") featured Mister Rogers in his workshop, watching scenes of past episodes of his series, which he recorded on videocassettes and kept on the shelf in his workshop. On the Friday episode of that week (February 20, 1976), he reminded viewers that they, too, could watch many of those old episodes beginning the following week." Later, it says "Three years later, it was decided to resume production of the series, with an eye towards "freshening up" the show by producing fifteen new episodes per year. These "second series" episodes would be mixed in with the already-airing cycle of repeats from the so-called "first series" (i.e., the color episodes of seasons 2-8, produced from 1969-1975)." implying that the Season 9 episodes from 1976 never re-aired.

I know for a fact that the implication that the 5 "season 9 episodes" never reran is incorrect. I have seen printed schedules showing that week rerunning the week of May 26-30, 1986 and again the week of June 12-16, 1989. I personally remember it rerunning that week in 1986 (I stopped watching MRN before 1989, but people do remember it airing then, so that is likely correct too). I also heard (but it may or may not be true) that it reran the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 1983. My question is, was there ever a time that the 1969-75 episodes were rerunning, but not the week from 1976? Or is the entire statement incorrect?

"Eventually, the "second series" shows were also added to the cycle of repeating shows." That implies that there was a time that the "second series" episodes were being produced, but only the "first series" episodes were rerunning. That sounds bizzarre, but I don't doubt that it's true if someone can cite a source or even have a memory of that. Does anyone know if that is correct? (talk) 05:15, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

Since it has been over a week, and nobody responded, I deleted all of the unsourced content in the Broadcast History and Reruns section. If anyone has a source (or even a memory) they can feel free to add it back. (talk) 03:39, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Still airing?

The article says, "Almost all of the 1979–2001 "second series" episodes are still in active rotation on a number of PBS stations." Is this still the case? I'd think that most PBS stations have switched to Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Is Mister Rogers' Neighborhood still airing on some PBS stations? —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 06:32, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

Well, it is unsourced. I'd think it would be reasonable to slap a cn tag on it and remove it if it's still unsourced in a few weeks or so. It's repeated at the end of the lede (sort of), and I'd be inclined just to remove that. Ideally, we would dig up a source that would allow us to say "As of [date] . . ." Rivertorch (talk) 18:02, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
I found a source for this and updated the article with this source. Msw1002 (talk) 19:00, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 04:18, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 14 May 2017

please add "Betty's Little Theater" to the list that includes "Joe Negri's Music Shop", "Don Brockett's Bakery" & "Bob Trow's Workshop"

in the listing of puppet characters please list as "Daniel Stripéd Tiger" because that is the way Fred pronounced it. [1]It referred to "by his stripes we are healed" (talk) 16:10, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. This is regarding your first request. Your second request, which also lacks a reliable source ("worked on show for 33 years" isn't a valid reference), poses an additional problem. If I understand you correctly, you mean that Rogers pronounced "striped" with two syllables. However, the presence of an acute accent isn't universally understood as denoting that and might confuse readers. I also note the absence of diacritical mark in Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where Daniel Striped Tiger's main entry resides, and we should be consistent whenever possible. RivertorchFIREWATER 20:00, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 16 May 2017

In the "Regular Songs" section, the sentence ending in "which was only used on Friday episodes, as he wouldn't be back again on Monday" didn't make much sense to me. If I'm not mistaken, it should be changed to "which was only used on Friday episodes, as he wouldn't be back again until Monday." Thanks! Annajsohn (talk) 23:14, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Fixed. Nice catch! RivertorchFIREWATER 23:31, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

is "Misterogers" correct?

I see "Misterogers' Neighborhood" is used several times in the text, I've not been able to find anywhere that has it written like that. JMWt (talk) 21:10, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

From the article:

Rogers moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1961 to work on a new series based on The Children's Corner which was called Misterogers, a 15-minute program on CBC Television. Misterogers' aired
He renamed the show Misterogers' Neighborhood, which initially aired
In 1970, when PBS replaced NET, it also inherited this program. Around the same time the show had a slight title change, to the more-familiar Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

So the "Misterogers" construction was apparently used for the predecessors of the program this article is primarily about. If you have reason to think that isn't true, please provide reliable sources to refute it. RivertorchFIREWATER 02:44, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
Fair enough, it is quite possible that all that is needed is a source to show that this was indeed the case. It isn't down to me (or really very easy) to prove a negative. Hence the flag here. JMWt (talk) 09:30, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
OK, well, this and this demonstrate the "Misterogers" spelling, although not the interim "Misterogers' Neighborhood" title. I don't have more than a couple minutes to devote to it this morning or I'd poke a bit deeper. RivertorchFIREWATER 10:53, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

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