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RIP Mr. Wizard

For all you old timers out there.

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/entertainment/events/17360279.htm


TV's 'Mr. Wizard' Don Herbert dies at 89
LYNN ELBER
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - 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.

In "Watch Mr. Wizard," which was produced from 1951 to 1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. On a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items.

"He modeled how to predict and measure and analyze. ... The show today might seem slow but it was in-depth and forced you to think along," Jacobs said. "You were learning about the forces of nature."

Herbert encouraged children to duplicate experiments at home, said Jacobs, who recounted serving as a behind-the-scenes "science sidekick" to Herbert on the '80s "Mr. Wizard's World" that aired on the Nickelodeon channel.

When Jacobs would reach for beakers and flasks, Herbert would remind him that science didn't require special tools.

"'You could use a mayonnaise jar for that,'" Jacobs recalled being chided by Herbert. "He tried to bust the image of scientists and that science wasn't just for special people and places."

Herbert's place in TV history was acknowledged by later stars. When "Late Night with David Letterman" debuted in 1982, Herbert was among the first-night guests.

Born in Waconia, Minn., Herbert was a 1940 graduate of LaCrosse State Teachers College and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II. He worked as an actor, model and radio writer before starting "Watch Mr. Wizard" in Chicago on NBC.

The show moved to New York after several years.

He is survived by six children and stepchildren and by his second wife, Norma, his son-in-law said. A private funeral service was planned.
 

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That was a great show. He taught a lot of us and we never knew he was doing it
 

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Spent hours watching him... He should be in the headline news. He has did a hell of a lot more for the world than Paris Hillton ever will...:crazy:
 

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dont remember the show does anybody have a picture of the man or something that would refresh my memory otherwise RIP
 

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I watched this show all the time when I was young. I asked and received a Chemistry set for my ninth birthday (I had a broken arm and I think it was a sympathy present). I made everything from burn ointment to rockets.

And what followed was 60s folklore and not founded in truth, trust me:laughing: :laughing:

RIP Mr Wizard. You changed my life.
 

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Thanks but still dont remember the show thanks anyway
 

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I've never heard of this guy...:huh:
 
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