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Wiki for Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert.

Damn, I almost forgot about this one from my younger days. There goes another one from my youth.



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His was a tv show that I enjoyed.

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Aw, I loved Mr. Wizard. I always learned something from him and he always looked like he was so cool about everything. I think he really enjoyed being Mr. Wizard.




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When I was young, I always made sure to watch him. I wonder if a show like his would make it today?



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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    When I was young, I always made sure to watch him. I wonder if a show like his would make it today?
Only with a host who could handle all the "pedophile" cracks that would undoubtedly ensue - although the latest science show attempts (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman's World) always seemed a little more targeted to the ADD diagnosed and ritalin takers, I'm still a big fan of the slower-paced stuff.



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The great thing about him was that he loved teaching Science so much that he even came out of retirement to do his show for Nickelodeon and it became the stations longest running show from the mid 80s to 2000 (reruns by then, but still held up in ratings surprisingly.)

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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by DrDirt
      When I was young, I always made sure to watch him. I wonder if a show like his would make it today?
    Only with a host who could handle all the "pedophile" cracks that would undoubtedly ensue - although the latest science show attempts (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman's World) always seemed a little more targeted to the ADD diagnosed and ritalin takers, I'm still a big fan of the slower-paced stuff.


Zed, I agree about the frenetic pace. Mr. Wizard, got you interested and you actually listened as much as watched. Bill Nye and company are fine but it felt more like an infomercial than science.



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Something folks might find interesting - although there's nothing revealed that's too earth-shattering:

Mr. Wizard interview from May 2007 (Wired Online)





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I read the Wired interview; he seemed like a nice, excellent ambassador for science with very little ego.

    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by CRZ
        Originally posted by DrDirt
        When I was young, I always made sure to watch him. I wonder if a show like his would make it today?
      Only with a host who could handle all the "pedophile" cracks that would undoubtedly ensue - although the latest science show attempts (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Beakman's World) always seemed a little more targeted to the ADD diagnosed and ritalin takers, I'm still a big fan of the slower-paced stuff.


    Zed, I agree about the frenetic pace. Mr. Wizard, got you interested and you actually listened as much as watched. Bill Nye and company are fine but it felt more like an infomercial than science.


Is it a crime to state that I liked all three shows (Nye to a lesser extent)?



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I liked Nye too...missed Beakman's World some where and if you were a Nick kid in the 80's this is where you got your true science lesson of the day.

RIP - Mr. Wizard. There won't be another like you.



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