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Episode 1716

Topic: Be Yourself: That's the Best
Air Date: August 25, 1997
Previous Episode: 1715 - Sharing
Next Episode: 1717 - Be Yourself: That's the Best
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Mister Rogers enters as he makes a flying motion with his hand. After changing into his sweater and sneakers, he continues making his hands fly before visiting the Neighborhood theater where the Flying Karamazov Brothers are rehearsing. This team of jugglers demonstrate parts of their rhythmic and musical routine much to the delight of Mister Rogers. The group provides Mister Rogers with a set of scarves to help him learn to juggle.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Neighbor Aber is making a donation to Queen Sara's Food for the World campaign. Walking by the tree, he hears a hammering sound and finds that X is trying to fix a his owl copy machine.

Inside the tree, Neighbor Aber learns that X is planning to offer flying lessons and was making copies of his advertisements when the copier jammed. Neighbor Aber is able to remove a scarf from the inside of the copier allowing the copies to continue. Outside the tree, Neighbor Aber provides a copy of the flying flyer to Henrietta and Mayor Maggie before they sing You Are Special.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special before Mr. McFeely stops by with a video about how people make macaroni in a factory.


Leaving the castle, Neighbor Aber whistles the tune to Won't You Be My Neighbor.

Appearing In This Episode


  • The Flying Karamazov Brothers




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Paul Magid, David Newell, Howard Jay Petterson, Michael Preston, Maggie Stewart, Sam Williams
Special thanks to: Hershey Pasta Group Winchester Inc., Miller Milling Company
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Location Director: Gary Hines
Associate Producers: Allen Feuer, Susan Howard
Music Directors: John Costa, Michael Moricz

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1997 Family Communications, Inc.

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