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Heartland writer, TV show creator remembered

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - "Something for Joey," "Three for the Road" and other popular television programs are credited to a man whose last name will be very familiar to you.

Jerry McNeely had a long career as a TV show creator and writer in Hollywood, but it all started in the Heartland.

Family and friends remembered 86-year-old Jerry McNeely on Wednesday at a ceremony in Cape Girardeau. We all remember his brother Don, who worked here at KFVS, but Don said Jerry was someone he looked up to.

Jerry McNeely went to Cape Central High School and then Southeast Missouri State University. He made his way out to Hollywood where he really made a name for himself.

You may remember "Owen Marshall," "Counselor at law," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Marcus Welby MD" and countless others.

His brother Don said Jerry kept writing as long as you at home kept watching.

"He was teaching a course on professional writing and one day decided if I'm going to teach this school about dramatic writing, I'm going to have to do some of it myself," Don said.

Jerry McNeely recently died of Parkinson's disease. He was 86 years old.

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