Today’s LA Times carried this obituary by Dennis McLellan.
Don Herbert, who explained the wonderful world of science to millions of young baby boomers on television in the 1950s and '60s as "Mr. Wizard" and did the same for another generation of youngsters on the Nickelodeon cable TV channel in the 1980s, died Tuesday. He was 89.
A low-key, avuncular presence who wore a tie and white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, Herbert l
Herbert used basic experiments to teach scientific principles to his TV
In explaining how he brought a sense of wonder to elementary scientific experiments, Herbert told the New York Times in 2004 that he "would perform the trick, as it were, to hook the kids, and then explain the science later.
"We thought we needed it to seem like magic to hook the
"Watch Mr. Wizard" garnered numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, four
Herbert's experiments on the show typically used household items.
As a 1951 Time magazine story noted: "Herbert's object is to show his
And Herbert had a lasting effect.
"Over the years, Don has been personally responsible for more people going into the sciences than any other single person in this country," George Tressel, a National Science Foundation official, said in 1989.
"I fully realize the number is virtually endless when I talk to scientists," he said. "They all say that Mr. Wizard t
I don’t know if it was Mr Wizard who t
Vale, Mr Wizard!