Don “Mr Wizard” Herbert; 1917-2007

Don Herbert, “Mr. Wizard” died Tuesday at the age of 89 from multiple myeloma.

“After “Watch Mr. Wizard” ended its 14-year-run in 1965, Herbert showed up frequently on talk shows, including “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night With David Letterman.”

“Watch Mr. Wizard” was revived in 1971 for a season, and “Mr. Wizard’s World” ran on Nickelodeon from 1983 to 1990.

Born July 10, 1917, in Waconia, Minn., Herbert later moved to Minneapolis and then La Crosse, Wis. He graduated from LaCrosse State Teachers College in 1940 and could have taught English or general science — his majors — but he recalled later that he was more interested in the theater.

He worked as an actor and stagehand in a Minnesota theater group before moving to New York City in 1941.

A year later, he volunteered for the Army Air Forces. As a B-24 bomber pilot, he flew 56 missions over Italy, Germany and Yugoslavia and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak-leaf clusters.

Herbert wrote several books, including “Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science” and “Mr. Wizard’s Experiments for Young Scientists.”

In recent years, he helped set up his website, http://www.mrwizardstudios.com .

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Norma; his two sons and a daughter from his first marriage, Jay and Jeffrey and Jill Rogers; his stepdaughters Kendra Jeffcoat and Kris Nikosey; his stepson, Kim Kasell; and 13 grandchildren.” Full Story: Don Herbert, 89; TVs Mr. Wizard – Los Angeles Times

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