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Neighborhood of Make-Believe - The magical neighborhood of Fred Rogers, a slender, gentle-looking Presbyterian minister from Pittsburgh hosted the popular Public Television children series MISTEROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD that debuted on WQED in Toronto, Canada in 1963 as a 15-minute daily program called MISTEROGERS.

Dwelling at 4802 Fifth Avenue in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the gateway to the Neighborhood of Make Believe, Mr. Rogers (Fred McFeely Rogers) entered his TV home singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood..." and followed-up with the invitation "won't you be my neighbor?"

Neghborhood of Make-Believe Illustration
Neighborhood of Make-Believe

After changing from his street clothes into more casual sweater and slippers, the soft-spoken Mister Rogers explored the wonders of the world interacting with such lovable characters as: Lady Aberlin, Handyman Negri, Chef Brockett, Mr. McFeely "the Speedy Delivery Man," Robert Troll, and Police Officer Clemmons.

Puppet characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe included:

  • King Friday the XIII, Queen Sara Saturday,
  • Prince Tuesday,
  • Lady Elaine Fairchilde (who ran the Museum-Go-Round),
  • Henriette Pussycat, the shy Daniel S. Stripped Tiger (who lived in a clock),
  • X the Owl,
  • Donky Hodie,
  • Cornflake "Corny" S. Pecially (who owned a rocking chair factory),
  • Henri de Tigre (Grandpere),
  • William Duckbill Bagpipe Platypus the IV,
  • Dr. Tadpole Frog,
  • Harriet Elizabeth Cow
  • Hischer Booptrunkventriloquist, a dummy  (Fred Rogers' childhood toy).

Mr. Rogers' philosophy towards his children viewers was comforting. He constantly reminded them "There is only one person in the whole world exactly like you, and people can like you just the way you are."

Neighborhood of Make-Believe Trolley

When not visiting the Neighborhood of Make Believe (via the magic trolley) children watched Mr. Rogers talk with artists, astronauts, musicians and sports figures; play with materials and make paper airplanes or finger-paint; visit the corner Bakery to see how bread was made; drop into a crayon factory to see how they were manufactured; or take a trip to the local library and listen to a storytelling hour.

At the end of each program, Mr. Rogers said goodbye by singing "I'll be back when the day is new, and I'll have more ideas for you. And you'll have things you'll want to talk about. I will too."

See also - CHILDREN'S SHOW HOSTS - "Mr. Rogers"


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