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Episode 1534

Topic: Grandparents
Air Date: May 10, 1984
Previous Episode: 1533 - Grandparents
Next Episode: 1535 - Grandparents
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Mister Rogers arrives with a handheld cassette recorder which he demonstrates by recording himself and playing it back. He plays another tape recording of various grandparents who tell what their grandchildren call them and also shares a few photographs of his own grandparents.

Visiting the Neighborhood Aquarium, Mister Rogers meets Mr. and Mrs. Ellison and their granddaughter Raushana who are looking at the fish. He talks with Raushana about her grandparents and what she calls them. Moving on to one of his favorite fish tanks, Mister Rogers watches families of fish before Randy Goodlett, the aquarium director, shows him how the fish are fed. While looking at more fish, Mister Rogers talks with Bob Trow and his friend Annie whose grandfather was unable to be there.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Miss Paulificate is making arrangements for the Express de Grandparents to bring Reardon to the Neighborhood for the opera. Since the flying trolley will only transport grandparents or grandchildren, this is allowed because Reardon is a grandson. Meanwhile, it is decided that Betty Okonak Templeton and Miss Paulificate will play fish in the opera while Lady Aberlin will be a trolley engineer. Reardon arrives and sings When the Day Turns Into Night, a song he has written for the opera. Daniel is given the part of the one who wants a granddad.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings a short portion of the song Reardon shared in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.


Mister Rogers shares that when he was younger, he referred to his father's parents as "Grandmother Rogers and Grandad Rogers" and to his mother's parents as "Nanna and Ding-Dong."

The "Neighborhood Aquarium" is actually a part of the Pittsburgh Zoo.

This episode is included on the DVD Kindness Collection.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Randy Goodlett




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Francois Clemmons, Randy Goodlett, Michael Horton, John Reardon, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
Special thanks to The Pittsburgh Zoo
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1984 Family Communications, Inc.

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