Springtime with Mister Rogers

We recently came upon a videotape of a one-hour special that is missing the first 15-20 minutes. Unfortunately, it is all we have of “Springtime With Mister Rogers,” which was produced in 1979. Below is a description of the missing opening section. The program begins with Mister Rogers walking down a city street greeting his neighbors. When he arrives at his house, he is told that Betty Aberlin’s Little Theater has a leak in its roof. Everyone in the neighborhood is getting together at the New Old Market to donate whatever they can to raise money to fix it. Mister Rogers refinishes a cabinet he plans to donate. A special musical springtime show is planned for the event. In the Neighborhood of Make Believe, Lady Elaine is sad because she can’t become a princess. This is where our video begins.