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TV's 'Mr. Wizard' dies at 89

Don Herbert, star of the long-running "Mr. Wizard" television show which showed children the fun in science, and the science in ordinary things, died yesterday, according to CNN:

Don Herbert, who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Bell Canyon home, said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.

"He really taught kids how to use the thinking skills of a scientist," said former colleague Steve Jacobs. He worked with Herbert on a 1980s show that echoed the original 1950s "Watch Mr. Wizard" series, which became a fond baby boomer memory.

Rest in peace, Mr. Wizard. Read the entire story at the link above.

I remember watching his show on Saturday mornings as a kid. He was always interesting and entertaining without being pretentious in the least. We always need more people who can instill the love of learning in young kids, but yesterday we lost one of the great ones.


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Comments (9)

R.I.P Mr. Herbert.... (Below threshold)

R.I.P Mr. Herbert.

I spent many hours watching his show that sparked an interest in science that remains with me today.

I only saw the "real" Mr. W... (Below threshold)

I only saw the "real" Mr. Wizard a few times, but his legacy will always linger on in my memory, thanks to five little words:

"We're gonna need another Timmy."


It always seemed to me he w... (Below threshold)

It always seemed to me he was one notch from going off the kids he was working with.

Hemo the Magnificent.... (Below threshold)

Hemo the Magnificent.

Our Friend, the Atom.

Hey mantis, what would Cock... (Below threshold)

Hey mantis, what would Cockburn think of 'Our Friend, the Atom'?

Hey mantis, Chagoury hearts... (Below threshold)

Hey mantis, Chagoury hearts Richardson.

And Joe Wilson, too. Check... (Below threshold)

And Joe Wilson, too. Check out Rocco rockin' the house Just Every Minute. New Mexico might get too small for the both of them.

Or did it just get a little too hot in the kitchen for you? Someone I much admire for her political perspicacity likes Biden. She didn't like Quayle when she was a Republican.

Shade tree mechanic in acti... (Below threshold)

Shade tree mechanic in action. Park the computer under a tree, wait for the tree to fall on it. What's the problem here; have you no patience?

I'm an idiot, wrong thread.... (Below threshold)

I'm an idiot, wrong thread.






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