In a world where fraudulent hucksters like Kevin Trudeau and Sylvia Browne capture people’s imaginations and dollars with ridiculous and dangerous pseudoscience, and while many U.S. politicians outright deny science, it’s with a heavy heart we say good bye to Don Herbert.
Thank you, Mr. Wizard, for helping so many youngsters understand science and reality. You will be missed.
Don Herbert, who as television’s “Mr. Wizard” introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89. Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Bell Canyon home, said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.
“He really taught kids how to use the thinking skills of a scientist,” said former colleague Steve Jacobs. He worked with Herbert on a 1980s show that echoed the original 1950s “Watch Mr. Wizard” series, which became a fond baby boomer memory.
Crossposted at Williamkwolfrum.com