Mr. Wizard (Don Hurbert) Dies at 89

When I was a little boy I used to love to watch Don Hurbert amaze me with his science projects. The experiments that he demonstrated really made my mind turn when I was younger. I looked forward to seeing everyone of his episodes. Some of his experiments can be found on Mr. Wizard Studios. It is neat that you can also buy the shows on DVD. If you are a friend of mine, then don’t forget me on my birthday 😉

If you don’t remember what an episode of “Mr. Wizard’s World” looks like, then take a look at this :30 clip below

Here is a great NY Times article on Don Hurbert http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/13/arts/13herbert.html

Don Herbert, who unlocked the wonders of science for youngsters of the 1950s and ’60s as television’s Mr. Wizard, died yesterday at his home in the Bell Canyon section of Los Angeles. He was 89…

Mr. Herbert held no advanced degree in science, he used household items in his TV lab, and his assistants were boys and girls. But he became an influential showman-science teacher on his half-hour “Watch Mr. Wizard” programs, which ran on NBC from 1951 to 1965.

Millions of youngsters may have been captivated by Howdy Doody and the Lone Ranger, but many were also conducting science experiments at home, emulating Mr. Wizard…

After his children’s program went off the air, Mr. Herbert remained a presence in TV science programming with general-audience shows like “How About” and “Exploration.” NBC revived “Watch Mr. Wizard” for one year in the early ’70s. In the 1980s Mr. Herbert reprised his children’s shows with “Mr. Wizard’s World” on the Nickelodeon cable network.

I was one of those young boys trying to be a wizard at home. It was always so much fun.

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