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Episode 0109

Air Date: July 18, 1968
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Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers does not change into his sweater. Instead, he goes to the kitchen where he uses the map of the Neighborhood to show viewers the workshop of Jan Zandhuis -- a glassblower they will be visiting. Before leaving, Mister Rogers sings Let's Be Together Today.

At his workshop, Mr. Zandhuis is putting the finishing touch on a birthday gift for Mr. McFeely -- a glass bicycle. Mister Rogers asks him to blow a few glass balls before Lady Aberlin stops by to ask for some excelsior -- packaging paper for Daniel Striped Tiger's gift to Mr. McFeely.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers changes into his sweater and talks about various glass items found inside his house.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin stops by the Tower where she asks Grandpere's machine for a box to help Daniel package his gift. After saying goodbye to Grandpere, Lady Aberlin moves on to the clock where Daniel shows her his gift -- a drinking glass with Mr. McFeely's name on it. As they talk, Daniel accidentally knocks the glass to the floor where it shatters. Clearly upset, Daniel is comforted by Lady Aberlin who agrees to help him make another glass. She borrows a broom and dust pan from Daniel to clean up the broken glass.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings a "broken glass" variation of Sometimes People Are Good before he talks about things being broken by accident. He also talks about the importance of having good friends and, in preparation for Mr. McFeely's birthday, sings Today is a Special Day.


Preparing to visit Mr. Zandhuis' workshop, viewers get a good glimpse of the Neighbohrood map hanging in the kitchen.


Mister Rogers sings a "broken glass" variation of Sometimes People Are Good: "Sometimes glass things get broken, and you really feel bad about it, but the very same things that get broken sometimes, are the very same things that don't get broken sometimes"

Appearing In This Episode


  • Jan Zandhuis




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Jan Zandhuis
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this series were provided by a grant from The Sears-Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1968 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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