Good-bye Mr. Wizard

Mrwizard_2Can’t say I have first-hand memories of watching “Watch Mr. Wizard,” but I do appreciate the role Don Herbert played as a TV pioneer and in introducing explosive baking-soda-and-vinegar science experiments to the youth of America. By all accounts, Herbert, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, was as nice a guy as he seemed on the air. He was famously one of the first guests on David Letterman’s “Late Night” show in the early 1980s, and he was one of those guests who Dave seemed genuinely excited to meet. The vintage TV wonderland that is has a fantastic “Watch Mr. Wizard” page, including a full-page ad in Variety touting the NBC show airing on “118 stations of the NBC-TV Network” when it was still airing from Chicago prior to Herbert’s move to New York.
You know that somewhere up in the Seattle area, Herbert’s kindred spirit Bill Nye (the Science Guy) is feeling a little sad today…

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