Traumafession: Brian K. on Mister Rogers and a Dead Tree

Okay, you ever have one of those childhood memories where you think ‘That couldn’t  possibly have happened, I must have misremembered it?’ But then it turns out it did happen?

I recall an episode of Mr. Roger’s neighborhood that must have aired in the very early 80s. The citizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe are delighted to meet a tree that could both walk and talk. And then…SOMEONE MURDERS THE TREE! I distinctly remember one of the human characters grimly walking through the neighborhood, CARRYING THE TREE’S CORPSE, a la the father in Frankenstein carrying his dead daughter’s body through the village. I assumed I’d just hallucinated this, but I did a google search and apparently, it happened just as I remembered it: HERE.

This allegedly was Rogers’s response to children having to deal with a lot of high profile murders and attempted murders at the time (John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul). But what the hell, man? Really?

Did anyone else see this episode? Does anyone have a clip?
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2 years ago

“On a very special episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood…”

2 years ago

Here’s the intro:

2 years ago

I think if you are going to view it again, you are going to have to visit your library and ask if they can help you with an inter library loan. Even then I’m not at all certain they will be able find a tape that you’ll be allowed to borrow.

Brian Katcher
Brian Katcher(@brianjkatcher)
2 years ago

Thank you, Chieffer and Chainman! I’m a librarian myself, I’ll have to use my resources to track down this holy grail of the Neighborhood.

Lancifer, did you know Lady Elaine got married after the show ended? In new show, ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,’ she’s now married to a musician and has a child.

2 years ago

I’m glad that ChiefferSutherbong and myself got you half way to your goal of rewatching the fir tree funeration. Wait a minute you’re a LIBRARIAN? If I had known that salient substantiation I wouldn’t have assisted you in the slightest with your search. Your ill-tempered ilk made my life and countless others a living hell in lyceum with the legion of limping laps that your kind made us run. On second thought those were grotesque gym teachers and not lighthearted librarians. LOL

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2 years ago

Wow, what a great traumafession. This appears to have aired some time after I stopped watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, but if I had seen it as a kid I am sure that it would have been seared into my memory.

And Unk, yeah, Lady Elaine Fairchild was freaky.

When I read this post I though “Why did it have to be the tree? Why couldn’t it have been Lady Elaine Fairchild?”