NEWELL BRINGS 'SPEEDY DELIVERY' TO CAL U
David Newell, also known as Mr. McFeely of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will bring his “speedy delivery” to Cal U on April 2.
Two special events are planned:
A discussion for Cal U students and other members of the campus community, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Manderino Library, Room 208.
In addition to his role as Mr. McFeely — the messenger whose catchphrase was a cheery “Speedy delivery!” — Newell was in charge of production for 130 episodes of the award-winning children’s television show created by Fred Rogers. He continues to serve as public relations director for The Fred Rogers Co., created to build on Rogers’ legacy through a wide variety of media.
His discussion may be of special interest to students studying elementary and early childhood education, TV production, public relations and marketing, and to fans of the classic children’s television show.
A presentation for students, educators and members of the public, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.
Newell will introduce Speedy Delivery, a 70-minute documentary about his current work — traveling around the world as Mr. McFeely to share Fred Rogers’ message.
Newell will address the audience before and after the film; a question-and-answer session is planned.
Newell will appear in character for a portion of the talk. Admission is free, and he will sign autographs after the presentation.
A busy day
Newell’s appearance will cap off a full day of activities that includes storytelling at The Village preschool and child care center at the The Center of the Woods in California, Pa. He also will visit with elementary-school children from California Area School District.
At some of his stops, Newell will be accompanied by Purple Panda and puppets from the TV show.
'Speedy Delivery' Trailer
Cal U is easy to reach via major highways and Toll Route 43. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.
“I had the good fortune to meet David Newell in fall 2010, and I was struck by his genuine interest in children’s media and the message that he and Fred Rogers helped to promote on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood."
Ryan L. Sittler, MSLS, MSIT
Instructional Technology / Information Literacy Librarian