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Episode 1064

Air Date: May 8, 1969
Previous Episode: 1063
Next Episode: 1065

Mister Rogers arrives with a box full of buttons. Before telling viewers what is inside the box, he shares a film about buttons. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers finishes the puzzle he has been working on and then shows the many kinds of buttons he brought with him. Taking out a small plate, he plays a game where he tries to use one button to flip another onto the plate.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Vija Vetra is at the castle preparing to dance a button dance with a button band. Handyman Negri arrives to introduce the Royal Button Band which performs as Miss Vetra dances.

When everyone goes to the R Room for refreshments, X the Owl goes to the Museum-Go-Round with Lady Elaine Fairchilde where she attempts to teach him a very confusing button game. When X becomes frustrated by the difficult game, Handyman Negri offers to play an easier game with him.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings The Clown in Me as he talks about how people sometimes act silly when they are uncomfortable.


The Royal Button Band consists of John Costa (piano), John Vincent (drums), Carl McVicker (bass), Tom Lee (flute), and Handyman Negri (guitar). Their performance includes an instrumental of You've Got To Do It.

Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers has his hands full with the puzzle and the box of buttons. As he goes to walk out the door, it is clearly opened for him by someone on the outside.

Appearing In This Episode


  • John Vincent
  • Tom Lee
  • Vija Vetra




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
Music Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: Johnny Costa, Tom Lee, Carl McVicker, Joe Negri, Vija Vetra, John Vincent
Film: Diana Dean, George Boyle
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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