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Episode 1053

Air Date: April 23, 1969
Previous Episode: 1052
Next Episode: 1054

Mister Rogers arrives with the things he needs to play a fishing game he played when he was a boy. With a friend seated on one side of a folding screen with a fishing pole, Mister Rogers would sit on the other side and attach a surprise to the line when it was cast over the screen.

After Mister Rogers sings You Are Special, he prepares the fishing game for the arrival of Mr. McFeely, who will be stopping by with a package from the Neighborhood store. Mr. McFeely gladly participates in the fishing game and "catches" a few pretend fish which Mister Rogers has taken from the package he just received. Mister Rogers takes a turn as the fisherman, as well.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl shares that he will play the part of Benjamin Franklin in the opera and Henrietta will be his mother. Robert Troll wants to be in the opera and decides he would like to play the part of a whale. Reardon arrives at the tree to provide everyone with copies of the music for the opera and is happy to learn that Robert Troll will be participating.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Reardon finds Elsie Jean Platypus who is looking after the museum for Lady Elaine while she is at the scout jamboree. Elsie Jean will play the part of Nessie -- the Loch Ness Monster. Meanwhile, Daniel Striped Tiger is dangling a fishing line outside his clock to help Robert Troll prepare for his part as a whale.

Moving on to the castle, Officer Clemmons is invited to play the part of a welcoming policeman in the opera. Officer Clemmons gladly accepts as he sings We Welcome You Today.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers shows a few whales carved from ivory and shares a film about his visit with the artist who carved them.


The film of Miss Macy -- the artist carving from ivory -- is also shown in Episode 0122. The whale carvings are also shown in this episode.

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in association with Small World Enterprises, Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and Produced by Fred Rogers
Directed by David Fu-Ying Chen
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: W.P. Barker, Francois Clemmons, David Newell, John Reardon, Bob Trow
Film: Diana Dean, Tom Minchin, P.J. O'Connell
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

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

© 1969 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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