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Episode 1401

Air Date: March 3, 1975
Previous Episode: 1400
Next Episode: 1402

Mister Rogers shows how shoelaces keep shoes together and how a zipper keeps his sweater together. After demonstrating a velcro patch, he goes to the kitchen where he opens a box full of metal buttons. Mister Rogers then spends some time thinking about being in a button factory.

At Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers meets a group of young musicians called the Ozanam Strings. After listening to them practice, he spends some time talking with the members of the group before they share some more music.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is playing his bass violin as Handyman Negri helps him pack for a trip to Westwood. Queen Sara suggests that they might want to bring Bob Dog along with them on their trip and asks Handyman Negri to find him.

Meanwhile, Henrietta Pussycat is crying after losing a button off her dress. With the help of Handyman Negri, the button is quickly sewn back on. As he sews, he and Henrietta sing A Handy Lady and a Handy Man.

At Daniel's clock, Bob Dog is sleeping but is happy to find that he is being invited on the King and Queen's trip to Westwood.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about going back to see old homes after you have moved away. Looking at the buttons a bit more closely, he talks about how friends are all different and sings You Are Special.


Handyman Negri packs the following items for King Friday's trip to Westwood: 2 night shirts, tooth brush, tooth paste, extra t-shirts, boxer shorts, extra stockings, royal bath robe, lounging jacket, mocasins, and an extra-royal robe.

Queen Sara mentions that Bob Dog was born in Westwood.

Appearing In This Episode


  • The Ozanam Strings
  • Sister Francis Assisi Gorham




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Joe Negri, Deborah Neal Stampo, Bob Trow
The Ozanam Strings: Tracy Almond, Stuart Bullard, Demetrius Colbert, Timothy Colbert, Ramon Douardo, Brian Hall, with Sister Francis Assisi Gorham
"How Buttons Are Made" film by Steve Fairchild; Edited by Pasquale Buba
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Directed and Produced by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

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