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Postby TriLink » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:38 am

Well this sucks. Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert apparently died Tuesday from complications of Bone Cancer. For you youngin's out there, Mr.Wizard was a T.V. Show that aired on Nickelodeon in the late 80's and early 90's about how to do cool science experiments. It sounds weak, but it was actually quite awesome.

R.I.P. Don- Your mixing Vinegar and Baking Soda with the angels now.

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Postby NAveryW » Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:33 am

Awwww :(

I never saw his show during the original run, but I saw a few episodes a couple of years ago. Though they looked older than 80's-90's... I mean, they were black and white and crackly.

And Bill Nye the Science Guy was one of my favorite shows as a child, and Nye was admittedly heavily influenced by Mr. Wizard, so I have him to thank for that.

Also, there was the "Mr. Lizard" segment on Dinosaurs that originally made me very upset (come to think of it, Mr. Lizard probably makes Dinosaurs the first Disney show to show a young child's death), but I grew to find funny over time. And it's possible (though I've never seen it confirmed anywhere, but they are quite similar) that Kenny's repeated deaths were inspired by Timmy's repeated deaths, so there's a chance that South Park would be different if not for Mr. Wizard.
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Postby DatDude » Wed Jun 13, 2007 7:59 am

Damn, I remember loving that show
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Postby drinian » Wed Jun 13, 2007 10:15 am

Yeah, I remember getting up early to watch his 80s show (he also had one in the 50s-60s) on Nickelodeon.

We need more science TV...

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Postby NAveryW » Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:41 pm

drinian wrote:Yeah, I remember getting up early to watch his 80s show (he also had one in the 50s-60s) on Nickelodeon.

We need more science TV...

Ah, so the one I saw the rebroadcast marathon of was the 50s-60s version.
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Postby CorporalChaos » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:12 pm

Unfortunately, I haven't seen it or don't remember seeing it. This thread makes me feel like I've missed something.
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Postby NAveryW » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:56 pm

CorporalChaos wrote:Unfortunately, I haven't seen it or don't remember seeing it. This thread makes me feel like I've missed something.

You have. Let's just say that science is fun and now you'll never know why.
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Postby Executor » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:12 pm

I've always liked Science. Espcially when combined with fiction :mrgreen:

But, seriosly, I do feel pretty bad. Mr. Herbert's family has all my sympathys

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Postby CorporalChaos » Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:21 pm

NAveryW wrote:
CorporalChaos wrote:Unfortunately, I haven't seen it or don't remember seeing it. This thread makes me feel like I've missed something.

You have. Let's just say that science is fun and now you'll never know why.
Nah, my science teacher lets us help him blow up stuff. Like superheating soda cans and dropping them in water. Or pumping natural gas through dishwasher detergent and lighting it. Although I wish I'd seen the show. I think it was before my time though. (I was born in 1990, so when I hear 80's and 90's, it was probably on before I was born, or before I was old enough to remember stuff like that)
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Postby NAveryW » Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:53 pm

CorporalChaos wrote:
NAveryW wrote:
CorporalChaos wrote:Unfortunately, I haven't seen it or don't remember seeing it. This thread makes me feel like I've missed something.

You have. Let's just say that science is fun and now you'll never know why.
Nah, my science teacher lets us help him blow up stuff. Like superheating soda cans and dropping them in water. Or pumping natural gas through dishwasher detergent and lighting it. Although I wish I'd seen the show. I think it was before my time though. (I was born in 1990, so when I hear 80's and 90's, it was probably on before I was born, or before I was old enough to remember stuff like that)

If there's nowhere you can get DVDs and nowhere to download it, I'll be quite surprised.
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Postby Hunter21 » Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:56 pm

When I was a kid one of my favorite things was to get up early and watch him on Nickelodeon. His show was one of my favorites and really was what got me into science. I still remember making baking powder rockets when I was young after watching one of his shows. That and making juice into pop by using dry ice, that was a fun one too. I am going to miss the old guy.
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Postby NAveryW » Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:40 pm

Even Overlooked Remix has put up a small memorial.
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