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David Newell, Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Gena Asher interviews David Newell, the actor known to several generations for his role of Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

David Newell

I’ve considered myself lucky, because I woke up in the morning for the past forty years enjoying going to work. . . .  It was quite an experience to work all those many years, making programs that really helped families.

Appearing in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as Mr. McFeely, David Newell’s most famous catchphrase was “Speedy Delivery!”

A former high school English teacher, Newell is now director of public relations for Family Communications, Inc., which was founded by Fred Rogers to produce Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He also travels the country as Mr. McFeely, keeping the message of Fred Rogers alive.

A documentary feature film, Speedy Delivery, which chronicles Newell’s travels around the world as Mr. McFeely, was broadcast nationally on public television.

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