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Episode 1173

Air Date: April 14, 1971
Previous Episode: 1172
Next Episode: 1174

Mister Rogers arrives with a basket of balls which he shares and as he talks about how each one might be used in various games. After looking inside an old tennis ball and baseball, he sings I'm Interested in Things.

Twin basketball players, Barry and Garry Nelson, stop by to visit Mister Rogers and talk about how twins are the same and different. Moving outside for a moment, they demonstrate a basic warm-up technique used in basketball. Back inside, Picture-Picture shows a film of the Nelsons playing basketball. When the film is finished, they watch it in reverse.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl is tossing a ball into a basket held by Lady Aberlin. Lady Aberlin sings It's You I Like before moving on to the clock where she finds Daniel Striped Tiger and Lady Elaine Fairchilde playing with a ping-pong ball. Daniel is frustrated because he is difficulty holding on to the ball. As Lady Aberlin encourages him to keep trying, the Nelsons -- who are in Make-Believe playing basketball -- suggest using a sponge ball which is easier to handle.

Back at the house, the Nelson's talk about the importance of practice before heading off to practice themselves. Betty Aberlin stops by for some help making up a new marble game. Mister Rogers concludes by talking about what it means to be frustrated.


Barry and Garry Nelson played basketball for Pittsburgh's Duquesne University from 1968-1971.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Barry Nelson
  • Garry Nelson




Episode Credits

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

Created by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Barry Nelson, Garry Nelson

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1971 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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