Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mr. Wizard is Gone

For those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 60s, television was an extraordinary new thing and a total mystery. Howdie Doody, the Mickey Mouse Club, Captain Kangaroo, and Romper Room were totally enthralling to our impressionable, young minds. Mr. Wizard, however, was way cooler. He actually explained things like why grass is green, how sodas get their fizz, and why humans can't fly. He showed us how to run our own experiments at home without endangering life or limb. Even if an experiment failed during the live broadcasts, his enthusiasm and gentle manner were such that kids actually learned! Mr. Wizard, a.k.a. Don Herbert died at home on June 11th at the age of 89. Not only was he a war hero, having earned the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II, but he was a hero and inspiration to kids everywhere. Rest in peace, Mr. Wizard.

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