Chuck Aber was a frequent neighbor on the television program, both in Mister Rogers’ real world and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In this oral history, Aber remembers rehearsing for the television operas, specifically “Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe” and “Spoon Mountain.” He marvels at Fred’s creative ability while telling the plot of “Spoon Mountain.”
He explains how Fred and Johnny Costa collaborated on the operas when they would vacation in Florida. Fred wrote the lyrics and music and Johnny would do the arrangement.
Fred Rogers Center
Josephine the Short-necked Giraffe
Josephine the Giraffe sets off for a school that she hopes will teach her how to grow a long neck.