RIP: The Wiz

Don Herbert has died:

Don Herbert, who as television’s “Mr. Wizard” introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Very sad.

He might not have had the commercial success of Carl Sagan or the popular-curmudgeon visibility of Richard Dawkins, but I remember his shows as a driving force behind my curiosity about the world, or at least as a means to get some answers. I can only hope that as my wee lad and lass (and whatever the third one might be) grow and learn, that they too can turn on the television to learn about science and the world around them, rather than being inundated by the tripe spewed by intellectual hooligans like the Discovery Institute.

2 Responses to “RIP: The Wiz”

  1. Jon Swift Says:

    God Takes Mr. Wizard: No Scientific Explanation Ne…

    Don Herbert, who used science to try to “explain” the universe to millions of young people on television as “Mr. Wizard,” was by all accounts a kind and genial man. But his gentle disposition masked a sinister and devious plan: To turn the young pe…

  2. Blake Says:

    Yeah, he still stuck with me years after. But what is it that makes you sad?

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