Mr. McFeely

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Mr. David Alex McFeely is the primary employee of the Speedy Delivery Service. He is the husband of Mrs. Betsy McFeely and the grandfather of Chrissy and Terri Thompson. Mr. McFeely has followed in the footsteps of his father who was also a speedy deliveryman.[1]

Early on, he was in a constant hurry as he made his deliveries throughout the Neighborhood; however, in later years Mr. McFeely become more patient. His deliveries around the Neighborhood vary but he often stops by to visit Mister Rogers with a film which he even narrates on occasion. Typically on foot, Mr. McFeely sometimes uses a tricycle,[2] a small battery-operated car[3], the Speedy Delivery car[4], and even a kayak[5] to make his deliveries.

Mr. McFeely has similar responsibilities in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where he also serves as the speedy delivery man.


Operas and Plays

Mr. McFeely appeared as himself in the Neighborhood opera All in the Laundry.


Mr. McFeely's Name and Background

According to some sources, Mr. McFeely's original name was to be Mr. McCurdy. Fred Rogers had named him after the man who was the show's benefactor at the time. This idea was not liked by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation so the name was changed to Mr. McFeely -- named for the grandfather of Fred Rogers.

Mr. McFeely's first name is mentioned several times throughout the run of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood including Episode 1433. His middle name -- Alex -- is mentioned in Episode 0057.


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First MRN appearance
[Episode 0001]
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe [Episode 1176]
Tap-dancing in the Variety Show
[Episode 1281]
Riding his tricycle
[Episode 1596]
"Speedy Delivery!"
[Episode 1765]
Getting married
[Episode 1476]
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Mr. McFeely doll
[Episode 1695]
Illustrated in the Pencil Play Book
On the cover of Speedy Delivery
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Illustrated in Time To Be Friends
Illustrated in Planet Purple
A childhood picture
[Epiosde 1697]

Notes

  • A caricature of Mr. McFeely is seen in Episode 1068 as part of a book called Who's Coming to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • The character of Mr. McFeely was originally named Mr. McCurdy -- named for the Neighborhood's funding partner from Sears & Roebuck. According to the A&E Biography of Fred Rogers, Sears & Roebuck's Mr. McCurdy declined this honor at the last minute.[6]

Merchandise


Puppet / Costume Variations

1281 Wears a suit for the Neighborhood Variety Show
1410 Puts on red jacket to hand out theater tickets
1437 Puts on magician hat and cape
1466, 1467, 1468, 1469, 1472 Carries camera equipment
1489 Puts on a hard hat
1588 Tries on fire helmet
1594, 1596, 1617, 1748, 1761 Wears bicycle helmet
1613 Wears a flower lei
1649 Tries on homemade hat
1661 Tries on bear costume hat
1671 Tries on three cornered hat
1672 Wears blue jeans
1732 Wears helicopter headset
1733 Tries on straw hat

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

In Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Mr. McFeely continues to making speedy deliveries around the Neighborhood.


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References

  1. Episode 0110. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  2. Episode 1596. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  3. Episode 1655. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  4. Episode 1679. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  5. Episode 1025. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  6. A&E Biography: Fred Rogers (2003)

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