Mr. Wizard (1951–1972)
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IN SPOTLIGHTING VARIOUS branches of Science by performing on air experiments, host Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard, himself) fueled our curiosities. Who knows just how many kids did get involved in research, technology, medicine and all other related fields, due to the viewing of this show.
AS ONE PERSONAL experience, we can testify to the veracity of this. We definitely wanted to be a "scientist" at age ten. Just because a career as a Chicago Cop came instead was certainly not MR WIZARD'S fault; but rather our lack of scholastic achievement on our part. Sorry. Mr. Wizard.
ORIGINATING RIGHT HERE in our fair city of Chicago, MR WIZARD was produced at the old studios of NBC's local station, the wholly owned subsidiary, WNBQ, Channel 5 (now WMAQ). It was responsible for shows of the 'Chicago School of Television' such as: GARROWAY AT LARGE, DING DONG SCHOOL, ZOO PARADE and KUKLA, FRAN & OLLIE.
Mr. Wizard was real, even though he was an actor primarily, Don Herbert took a keen interest in the science he was demonstrating to the kids. He really seemed like a scientist.
I eventually went to college and graduate school, my career was in the sciences, primarily Chemistry with heavy emphasis of mathematics and physics. Was my career motivated by this TV show, "Mr Wizard"? We'll never know of course but I always have fond memories of watching episodes.