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