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Mr. Wizard Was a Jerk

Mr. Wizard was a hero who taught kids a love for learning and science, right?


Mr. Wizard was a jerk. Watch the proof after the fold…

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

7 Comments on Mr. Wizard Was a Jerk

  1. It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen Mr. Wizard that I think my memories of him and Mr. Clean melded together to the point that I no longer recognize this man!

  2. TheAdlerian // July 19, 2012 at 12:38 am //

    Well, science is supposed to be honest and so is Mr. Wizard.

  3. Not funny.

    Mr Wizard aka Don Herbert spent 40 years educating children in science.

    At its peak, Mr. Wizard drew audiences in the millions, but its impact was far wider. By 1956, it had prompted the establishment of more than five thousand Mr. Wizard science clubs, with an estimated membership greater than one hundred thousand.

    I expect more from SF Signal than denigrating science education.

  4. OMG! All this time I thought Mr. Wizard was cool and science was neat! This video has opened my eyes! How could I have been so blind? I hate Mr. Wizard and science now! I hate them!

  5. Ray Villard // July 19, 2012 at 10:13 am //

    Tsk, tsk, you can make anybody look bad with the right editing

    More than any school teacher I had, the original Mr. Wizard in the 1950s inspired me to pursue a lifelong career in science communication.

    Thank God I didn’t have iPad video games for distraction back then, just an Etch-A-Sketch

  6. Jeff Patterson // July 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm //

    No Don Herbert show would ever make it to air these days. He exposed children to radioactive material, acids, industrials chemicals, and cigarette smoke. Quite frankly he’d be in jail, and more’s the pity. Funny video, though. I recall he was a bit rough on kids.

  7. Oh calm down it was funny. Oh a lifelong career in “science communication”?
    What the hell is that?

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