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Episode 1670

Topic: Then and Now
Air Date: September 3, 1993
Previous Episode: 1669 - Then and Now
Next Episode: 1671 - Things to Wear
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Mister Rogers arrives with a slide whistle which he uses to play the beginning of Yankee Doodle before moving to the piano where he finishes the song. He explains that things take time to learn.

Visiting the local symphony hall, Mister Rogers introduces visitors to Itzhak Perlman, a concert violinist. Mr. Perlman walks with crutches as a result of polio and uses his strong arms to play wonderful music on his violin. After playing Yankee Doodle, Mr. Perlman plays some music to show how me might express various emotions. Mr. Perlman also shares about his children who are all musically talented as well.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday asks the Trolley to show the picture of when he was a baby with his mother and father. Prince Tuesday find the picture humorous and asks to see a picture of Robert Troll as a baby. When Miss Paulificate appears to invite every one to the LA Room of the castle for the "Long Ago Party," Trolley produces a picture of her as a child.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings You're Growing before he spends some time talking about Colonial Williamsburg. Sharing a picture book about Williamsburg, Mister Rogers talks about what life was like for people in colonial times. He remembers a time when he visited Colonial Williamsburg. He concludes by singing It's You I Like.


The symphony hall visited by Mister Rogers is Heinz Hall located in Pittsburgh.

After King Friday shows a picture of himself as a baby (the same picture seen in Episode 1668), a picture of a young Robert Troll with his parents is shown as well. Also seen is a picture of Miss Paulificate as a girl.


As can be seen in the credits, this week's episodes are the first that do not include Albert V. Corrado M.D. and/or Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D. as consultants.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Itzhak Perlman




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Lenny Meledandri, Itzhak Perlman, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
Special Thanks to: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Glesner Pianos & Organs
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Susan Howard
Assistant Art Director: Catherine Stanton
Properties: Matthew Marcus
Production Assistants: Scott Smith, Lenny Meledandri
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Production Coordinator: Hugh Downing
Assistant Director: Chelle Robinson
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Director: Kate Kearney
Studio Cameras: Jack Arthurs, Don McCall, Art Vogel, Al Rosen
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Dick Lasota
Videotape: Bill Moore
Floor Managers: Jim Seech, Nick Tallo
Location Production: Mark Adelsheim, John Burdick, Bob Chamberlain, Chris Dahl, Scott Eads, Don Esposito, Jay Kemp, Scott Lage, John Nelson, Rich Seig, John Thomas
Carpenter: Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Elliott Boswell, Richard Donnelly, Smith Hutchings, Sandra Streiff, Beth Ann Zamborsky
Post Production Editor: Kevin Conrad
Post Production Sound: Joe West, Dennis Williams
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Trolly's [sic] Extra Dimension inspired by Spencer Grant

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1993 Family Communications, Inc.

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