RIP Mr. Wizard

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
  • Oscilloscope
  • 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.


About John Herren

John Herren is a developer and technical consultant with focus on web applications. He currently serves as Director of Development for Primetime US, the company behind the hit movie and book The Secet. John was formerly staff writer and developer community evangelist for Zend Technologies. Along with founding neat experiments like, John is an active member in the mashup community, working with API providers and speaking at conferences. He is a published author of Linux certification study material. John enjoys using open source software like PHP and Ruby on Rails to bend the web into exciting new chimeras of hyperlinked goodness. View all posts by John Herren

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