This month the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is giving a special gift to our very own “Speedy Delivery,” David Newell, whom we all know as “Mr. McFeely.” We’re proud to announce that David will be inducted into the National Academy’s Gold Circle at the Emmy’s Children and Family Award ceremony for his more than 50 years of distinguished service within the industry.
It was 1967 when David began working on the Neighborhood, with dual responsibilities – as the props man behind the scene and as Mr. McFeely on the screen. In later years of the Neighborhood production, David moved up in the office, juggling his work as Director of Public Relations with his McFeely appearances on camera and as an ambassador on the road at public stations all around the country, Children’s Museums, State Fairs and Comic Cons.
February 2024: The other day in the dentist's office, I found myself quoting a Fred song - "I like to be told." I was thanking the hygienist for letting me know what to expect, each step of the way. As Fred sang, "It helps me to get ready for all those things that are new...I trust you more and more..."
January 2024: We live in a world where we've come to expect instant gratification. We expect immediate answers to our emails. We expect next-day deliveries for our online orders. We expect our microwaved food to be ready in seconds. No wonder we get upset when we have to wait.
November 2023: Around this time of year, a number of years ago, I received in the mail a drawing from my 3-year-old granddaughter. It was sent from her child care center. At the top was a note she dictated to her teacher, letting me know that the scribbles, lines and circles said "I love you, Grandma Hedda."