TV's "Mr. Wizard" Dies

TV's "Mr. Wizard" Dies

The man remembered by a generation of Baby Boomers as TV's "Mr. Wizard" has died at the age of 89.  His son-in-law says Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Los Angeles home.

As Mr. Wizard, Herbert introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science.  His Peabody Award-winning program "Watch Mr. Wizard" was produced from 1951 to 1964. On the show, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. Using a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items.

Herbert's place in TV history was acknowledged by later stars.  When "Late Night with David Letterman" debuted on NBC in 1982, Herbert was among the first-night guests.

Science reporter Jason Lindsey recently caught up with Mr. Wizard's son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.  Tom tells Jason many people didn't know that Mr. Wizard was an accomplished ukulele player. 

Jason grew up watching Mr. Wizard on Nickelodeon and says Don hooked him on science! Tell Jason what you remember about Mr. Wizard by going to his science Blog at and clicking on comments.

Source:  Associated Press