Don Herbert, AKA, Mr. Wizard passed away today.
No one inspired me as a kid like Mr. Wizard did. I can attribute more “ah-ha” moments to that Nickelodeon show than from anything else I can remember. Mr. Wizard’s World and my cousin David peaked my curiosity to hack at an early age.
Mr. Wizard > McGyver > 3-2-1 Contact > World Book Encyclopedia > Cub Scouts.
Off the top of my head:
- That mousetrap ping pong ball thing to teach chain reactions
- The balloon full of H
- Slip and Stick: friction
- Measuring a speed of sound with walkie talkies, a starter pistol, and a stopwatch
I would have given up all my Lego to be a kid on his show.