David Newell

Actor / Public Relations


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-hour Archive interview, David Newell describes his early career in theatre and his eventual association with Fred Rogers. He talks about starting on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as props manager and with the then-small role of "Mr. McFeely," the "speedy" deliveryman. Newell discusses the inner-workings of the program and speaks about his then-current work as public relations manager for Rogers' company, Family Communications, Inc. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 23, 1999 in Pittbsurgh, PA.

"I'd like to be remembered as somebody who helped Fred Rogers get his message out to his audience, as somebody who is a very important cog in that wheel. It's Fred's creation, and his words, and his weaving of this symphony of words. I want to be remembered as being a very important part of that."

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David Newell on his Mister Rogers' Neighborhood character, "Mr. McFeely"
David Newell on his Mister Rogers' Neighborhood character, "Mr. McFeely's," catch phrase: "Speedy delivery"
David Newell on the cultural impact of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and the legacy of the show
David Newell on his involvement with The Pittsburgh Playhouse and teaching acting to children
David Newell on how working for Fred Rogers on Mister Rogers Neighborhood changed him
David Newell on going to work for the local version of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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