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[Scientists] sometimes say that there will be a new generation of scientists 10 years from now: kids who watched the show and decided to become scientists because they liked the characters. That would be great. I think there should be more scientists and fewer lawyers. It's better to invent a plastic airplane than to sue somebody.
Grew up in Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY, where his mother taught high school biology and his father was a "storefront" lawyer. Attended the competitive Hunter College High School in Manhattan.