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Mr. Wizard

See Herbert, Don.
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A half-century ago, it was the "Watch Mr. Wizard" television show sparking interest among youngsters in matters scientific.
In "Watch Mr. Wizard," which was produced from 1951-64 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom.
Born in Waconia, Minn., Herbert worked as an actor, model and radio writer before starting "Watch Mr. Wizard" in Chicago on NBC.
Didn't these people watch Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert, who is still on TV and he's as informative in the digital age as he was in the days of analog controls and vacuum tubes) in the early days when aspiring scientists wore little pocket protectors and sheathed slide rules like sabers on their belts?
Television was in its infancy in 1951 when Don Herbert began his "Watch Mr. Wizard" TV series, featuring scientific experiments and kids.