Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert

Before Beakman and before Bill Nye the science guy, there was Mr. Wizard. Don Herbert, a.k.a. Mr. Wizard, died yesterday after a long fight with multiple myeloma. The LA Times has a nice obituary article for Don Herbert.

I remember watching Mr. Wizard's show when I was a kid. The Mr. Wizard Studios web site has a nice bio/timeline page. I clearly remember watching his first-run shows from 1970. I always thought he was Canadian because of that set of shows. I didn't realize he was also from Minnesota. Those shows and the short spots he did for Saturday morning cartoon interludes in 1972 were always interesting. Who knows, maybe that started my interest in science.

Anyone else remember watching Mr. Wizard or are there more Beakman and Nye folks that are blog readers?


~Carla~ said...

ya know, even though I am younger, I remember him. He was older than what you remember when I saw him. He came on every saturday morning for an hour long show, and then eventually, it went down to short 30 or 15 min spots here and there through out the morning. When he retired, Bill Nye, "the science guy" was the next one to try to step in - but obviously, he didn't do as well as Mr. Wizard. He'll be missed - he made science look like a LOT of fun.

Erika said...

Oh bill Nye. ahhh That man drives me insane

Josh Lane said...

I have seen very little of Mr. Wizard, but I'm a big fan of Beakman.

Once I was an adult, Beakman taught me about Bernoulli's Principle of fluids.

Thank you for all you've done for us, Mr. Wizard.

Earl said...

Thanks for all the comments!