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255 comments

Sad week for TV Mr.'s (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19485887)

Just last night, WWE's Mr. McMahon was blown up in his limo, and is now presumed dead.

Re:Sad week for TV Mr.'s (-1, Offtopic)

omeomi (675045) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485911)

Re:Sad week for TV Mr.'s (-1, Offtopic)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485953)

You mean they pretended to blow this guy up and he only gets 648 results on google. Heh athf fucking rocks!!!

Re:Sad week for TV Mr.'s (0, Offtopic)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486421)

that was funny - you insensitive mod!!!

Re:Sad week for TV Mr.'s (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19485979)

Really, ya think? Notice they're making a clear distinction between "Mr. McMahon" (the character) and Vince McMahon (the man who plays him).

Re:Sad week for TV Mr.'s (0, Offtopic)

Grimbleton (1034446) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486719)

What part of professional wrestling are you new to? :D

Sad (4, Insightful)

omeomi (675045) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485891)

Wow, that's sad. I loved that show...

Re:Sad (5, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486001)

Amazing, for someone I've never met, I think I just cried a little (and am not afraid to admit it.) I used to love that show.

Re:Sad (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486035)

in my head right now, i hear my college roommate screaming "FAG" at you

Re:Sad (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486821)

Yea, but when you passed out first at the frat party, well what he did to you was wrong. Just let it out tell us your story, and maybe the voices will stop.

Re:Sad (5, Insightful)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486193)

It's not strange to mourn the passing of one who has impacted so many lives in a positive manner even if you've never met him in person.

He turned a lot of us on to science as kids. He'll be missed.

Re:Sad (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486895)

It's always sad when the world loses a great teacher but I've never heard of him here in Australia. Judging from the posts in this thread, it's sounds like his methods were similar to the late great Prof. Sumner Miller [abc.net.au] who entertained, educated and influenced many people from my generation.

Trivia question: Is he the "Mr Wizard" in the song walking on the sun [guntheranderson.com] ?

Re:Sad (1)

slash_fossils (698785) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486417)

I remember watching that show with such interest. He'd usually have a couple kids as assistants as he worked through some fun experiment. I'm still a student of science to this day. I think he had something to do with it. Thanks Mr. Wizard.

Science is timeless, isn't it? (4, Interesting)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485893)

Just where are the reruns and DVDs of his work?

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (4, Informative)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485915)

http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/ [mrwizardstudios.com]

Predictably, though, the site is just about impossible to get to right now. Judging from the Google cache there are 8 DVDs each with 4 episodes, for $17.95 each.

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486503)

so, boys and girls.... If there are 4 episodes per DVD, and 8 DVDs, how many episodes are available? If each DVD is $17.95, how much would your parents be stung if you nag them to buy the whole set?

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (3, Interesting)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485925)

good point. I remember this one episode like 20 years ago where he put this powder in a tank of water then reached without getting his hand wet, I still wonder what that shit was.

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (1)

LeeBarnes (473092) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485985)

I remember that! iirc, it was yellow. When the kid pulled his arm out, the junk stuck to his arm a bit.

What WAS it? sulpher maybe?

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (2, Informative)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486221)

Just plain ol' ordinary talcum powder IIRC

And my impromptu test with some Gold Bond I had lying around shows it true (but you need a thicker layer of powder on the surface than I at first thought based on the episode, perhaps because Gold Bond isn't pure talc)

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (4, Informative)

RackinFrackin (152232) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486315)

It was Lycopodium Powder.

Digression: I remember being amazed by that experiment, and tons of other things that I saw on that show. I especially remember the demonstration where he used a vaccuum pump to suck grape juice up in a tube. It only went up so far, and he explained how the best vaccuum pump in the world wouldn't do any better because of the limited pressure at the bottom.

I really learned a lot of science from his show.

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486033)

He called it "likapodium", but I'm not sure of the spelling.

What can I say? For some things, my memory is way too good (and I haven't seen that show since nick was still running "You can't say that on television")

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (4, Funny)

emc (19333) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486841)

it's You Can't Do That on Television [wikipedia.org] . I'll leave out the remark about your memory.

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (3, Funny)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486885)

You can't do what on television? *grin*

(Sorry. Couldn't resist leaving a setup)

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (2, Informative)

nbvb (32836) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486041)

I remember that too.

A quick google search reveals it to be "Lycopodium" ...

http://www.cmste.uregina.ca/Quickstarts/powderglov e.html [uregina.ca]

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (1)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486065)

thanks, it's literally been haunting me for years.

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486117)

I agree about where are the reruns.

He talked to kids, unlike the shows aimed at the younger generation now that talks "at them". The science he showed them was always rooted in basics and almost always had a bit of fun to keep their interest. I for one wish some channel would pick him up for reruns.

Re:Science is timeless, isn't it? (0, Troll)

Gerocrack (979018) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486143)

The DVD's have been delayed because they have to scrub out all the profanity and full frontal nudity.

I emailed him (2, Insightful)

moosehooey (953907) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485895)

I sent him an email about a year ago thanking him for a great show. I learned a ton about science from that show, even stuff that helped me with high school and college physics. I'm very sad to hear about this.

Re:I emailed him (4, Interesting)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486283)

The frightening thing is that, as I understand it, before his health turned for the worst, he used to answer all of the emails he got from fans.

I always thought that was rather cool.

Re:I emailed him (1)

moosehooey (953907) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486525)

I did get a reply from his secretary, saying that she told him about the email. I hope she really did.

Re:I emailed him (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486601)

I've heard from people in the past that the emails they got actually came from him. His secretary may have taken over once he started not feeling as well.

It kind of ranks up there on my cool-o-meeter with the fact that someone I knew got a reply from Carl Sagen on a science topic he was curious about. However, the fact that we know one of his nephews probably didn't hurt...

EEEEEEEE!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19485903)

EEEEEEEE!!!

An inspiration to a generation (4, Interesting)

sharky611aol.com (682311) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485921)

What a loss. He turned on an entire generation of kids to science. Surely I'm not the only one who used to wake up before school at 6 AM to watch Mr. Wizard on Nickelodeon before school? I know I wouldn't be where I am today (M.D.) without Mr. Wizard, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Re:An inspiration to a generation (4, Insightful)

Bayoudegradeable (1003768) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485961)

Even though I am a social studies teacher, I inject as much science as I can, especially in geography class. Certainly Mr. Wizard sparked a love of science that I still carry today. Even more so, he fed all of our curious natures, and helped us answer questions about why stuff happens. If only someone were carrying the torch today. I don't quite trust the Wiggles and Barney to carry the next generation...

Re:An inspiration to a generation (1)

Lane.exe (672783) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486971)

I think that kids shows today are less about "learning" in the traditional sense and more about teaching (very worthy) goals of tolerance and acceptance.

I just don't see why we can't teach both, at once. Human knowledge and education is the great equalizer... virtually no prejudice or societal ill can't be cured by a good education.

Re:An inspiration to a generation (1)

evanbd (210358) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486015)

Nope. I remember waking up in the predawn hours to watch the show while eating breakfast.

Re:An inspiration to a generation (-1, Flamebait)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486053)

What a loss. He turned on an entire generation of kids to science.

PI'm 43. Never heard of the guy.

Re:An inspiration to a generation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486125)

Because like you, we grew up with this guy [abc.net.au] instead. Watch it, watch it now!

\\//_

Re:An inspiration to a generation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486133)

Dear Republican Scum,

You fools owe the liberals for everything you have. The great achievements in human history were all done by liberals. In fact, conservatives fought these liberals, because conservatives are for the "status quo." Liberals are all about growing in new directions.

We liberals said the Earth was round. You didn't believe us. We said the Earth was not the center of the universe. You excommunicated us. We said there were dinosaurs. You said it was a hoax. We said there were cavemen. You still don't have an answer for that one. We liberals said women and blacks deserved to be equal members of society. You conservatives fought us, and killed many of us.

We are the great painters, comedians, writers, playwrights, poets, songwriters, scientists, and lovers. Name me one conservative legend in human history who was regarded as a good person. Just one. You can't, can you? There are no conservative Mozarts - only Salieris. We had MLK. You had Bull Connor. We had Picasso, Warhol, Dali, Da Vinci, Michelangelo. You would have hung a few of these guys for being gay. Where are your artists? You have nothing. No artists. Because you conservatives are not creators. You are destroyers.

All of Silicon Valley and most of Wall Street is center-left liberals and progressives. The blue states in this country account for most of the country's wealth. We have Harvard and the Ivy League. Where are the great conservative colleges? University of Texas? Name the great cities of the world that are known for being conservative? London, Paris, Rome? Anyone?

You conservatives have been a drag on human development since the very beginning. Since Cain (the conservative, always trying to please Daddy) and Abel (the good son, the open-minded son). When you conservatives ruled the world, you hijacked Christianity and turned it into a ritualistic mega-church with a standing army. You massacred millions. There is a reason why that era was called the Dark Ages.

We liberals countered with the Enlightenment. The Renaissance. It is a fact that all the writers, all the artists, all the great men to come from this era were liberals. Many were seen as enemies of the Church and State. But as always, we liberals brought you conservative fools out of the darkness. We dragged you out, kicking and screaming, as usual.

We showed you the wonders of evolution, of science, and you hate us. We are showing you the miracle of stem cell research, the promise that it has, and you want to shut it down. We have showed you the dangers of global warming, whether it's man made or not - and you still refuse to believe.

We tried to free the slaves. And you fought us. We crafted the world you Republicans live in. Your 40 hour work week, getting paid for overtime, no child labor, Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid... We created all of it. We created the very world you live in. The art you see, the movies you love, words on the page that stir your heart. And still you fight us.

You Republican fools would let a simple TV ad stop you from purchasing a product that would probably benefit you. As usual, you cut off your nose to spite your face. Typical. But completely expected. After all, when your heroes are Hannity and Limbaugh and Beck, you must live a sad, hateful life. Anti-everything that makes sense - and pro-everything that doesn't make sense.

I guess that's why you fools support this war, even though it makes us less safe. We're fighting them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here! Genius.

So, continue to hate the liberals and progressives among you. Just be sure to step out of the way as we lead humanity into this next century. Oh, and hate Steve Jobs and Bill Gates - two of the people responsible for you even typing on your computer. By the way, they're both big-time liberals.

Love,
The Liberals

Re:An inspiration to a generation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486535)

Liberals are just a bunch of stuck-up twats.

Re:An inspiration to a generation (2, Insightful)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486135)

Ahhh those were the days when America liked kids to learn science, not sex after school.
But since those kind of kids tend to question the Govt., It has slowly now toned down the science completly
and instead displays would prefer a mud fight between Britney in nude and Paris in Jail costume...
Even seen FOX show any such science show? NO
They would prefer a Creationist Show, O'reilly, etc.

 

Re:An inspiration to a generation (1)

rafaMEX (1111415) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486195)

well I dunno who he is, but in the 80's I remmeber a lot of TV shows about science, and the best of all was COSMOS (for me , i learned a lot from it) with Carl Seagan, imo nowadays there is not enough tv shows like that, or you need to have cable and know english (im mexican) to watch discovery channel and the like.

Re:An inspiration to a generation (1)

modmans2ndcoming (929661) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486207)

MOre than a generation... he still had a kick butt show in the 80's!

An inspiration for TWO generations. (5, Informative)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486227)

He turned on an entire generation of kids to science. Surely I'm not the only one who used to wake up before school at 6 AM to watch Mr. Wizard on Nickelodeon before school?

That was his second show.

His first one turned on many (including me) in my generation (now becoming eligible for Senior Citizen Discounts).

Re:An inspiration to a generation (1)

doormat (63648) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486237)

No you weren't. My parents weren't even awake and I'd be downstairs watching it.

So long. (1)

nbvb (32836) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485931)

So long Mr. Wizard, and thanks for all the memories.

I always wanted my own HERO robot ....

The Fahrealz Gandolf. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19485947)

I remember this one episode, he had this huge pulley system. And he lifted some heavier-than-if-trying-without-pulleys load that went up. And this other episode, he got this kid up on like a 10 story building, with this super long straw, and had him try to suck up the plum juice. There was so much space, human lungs can't create a large enough vacuum. So then he had him hook up a vacuum pump, and up the plum juice went.

R.I.P. Mr. Wizard. I will never forget you.

Re:The Fahrealz Gandolf. (1)

Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (221748) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486103)

I remember the plum juice episode. Even with the vacuum pump it didn't reach the top because of the nature of water (surface tension, density, viscosity...). I remembered that lesson years later when we were discussing a similar topic in a low level chemical engineering class.

Re:The Fahrealz Gandolf. (2, Insightful)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486119)

That should not have been any more than a three story building. The atmosphere can only support a column of water about 32 feet high. This is why you have to put a pump at the bottom of a deep well (force pump) rather than using suction from the top.
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Re:The Fahrealz Gandolf. (2, Informative)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486423)

As I understand it, one atmosphere (1 bar) = 14.7 PSI. When you pull a vacuum, the best you can do is reduce that to zero, or close to it.

That said, when the combined fluid in the straw reached a certain weight, 14.7 PSI of pressure is no longer enough to "push" more fluid up higher (the other end is 0 PSI of course).

Which leads me to my question. Why is 32 feet the limit? Given what I just stated, one would think the maximum height would change depending on two factors. 1. The diameter of the straw. 2. The weight of the fluid per unit volume.

Re:The Fahrealz Gandolf. (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486529)

On number 2 you are correct. A mercury (density about 13 g/cc) column is a familiar 29 inches or so. On number 2, if the straw is verrrry thin, you can get surface tension effects that can increase the column for water (capillary action). Redwoods push the limit for this. But, for typical straws/pipes the diameter does not matter. We are looking at pressure so it is mass per unit area that matters and this is the same with a thick or thin straw.

Re:The Fahrealz Gandolf. (3, Informative)

Cadallin (863437) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486611)

1. The Diameter of the straw doesn't matter because pressure is only dependent on depth. The Pressure exerted on a body submerged 10m below the surface of a body of water is the same, regardless of whether its a swimming pool or the ocean (with one caveat, which I'll get to in a second)

2. The Density of a fluid does matter. The denser a fluid is, the lower the height the pressure of the atmosphere can support it. So, ocean water, being denser than distilled or fresh water, can't be supported up to a full 32ft. Mercury, being exceptionally dense, over 13 times as dense as water, can only be supported to a height of 760 millimeters.

The last fact I mentioned is why barometers are traditionally made using mercury. In order to accurately measure atmospheric pressure (useful in meteorology) you need to be able to see changes in the height of a fluid column (before we got more advanced equipment anyway). Water is obviously inconvenient for this, requiring a column 32 ft high, although it is very precise, because minute changes in pressure cause large fluctuations in the height of the column. This is why mm*Hg (millimeters of mercury) is a standard unit of pressure, with 760mm*Hg = 1atm.

The caveat I mentioned above is that the pressure exerted on a body 10m under the surface in the ocean is higher, but only because salt water is denser than fresh water. It has nothing to do with the size of the body.

Got me hooked on science (3, Interesting)

PoitNarf (160194) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485959)

I distinctly remember watching an episode of Mr. Wizard when I was about 5 years old. He was showing the power of centripetal force; took a bucket full of water and made a quick vertical circle with it. All the water stayed in the bucket of course. To my 5 year old mind, that totally blew me away. Ever since then I was hooked on science. Thanks for showing me the light Mr. Wizard.

Re:Got me hooked on science (1)

hmccabe (465882) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486873)

It's funny how strong an impression this show made on people. I remember a few weeks back, people were arguing about the Greenpeace/Apple fiasco and somebody mentioned styrofoam. Instantly, my mind pictured the episode where he made a styrofoam fish by heating the foam balls in a mold. Is there somebody doing a science show for kids these days? I'd do it, but I swear to damn much.

Sorry Mr Tagline Writer... (1)

mikesum (840054) | more than 7 years ago | (#19485971)

but Don said, on Coast to Coast AM and maybe elsewhere, that there were no experiments on the show. They were more like demonstrations. I remember when Alex Albrecht said he was dead. This was just after his Coast to Coast interview, and it wasn't true.

I remember him from the 80s show he had, but he was around since the 50s as far as I know. This majorly sucks.

I remember (1)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486031)

I remember the orginial MR. Wizard show and enjoyed it as a child.I'm sure that most people my age at least watched the show.
My deepest prayers goes out to Mr.Herbert's family.

Who is our generation of Mr. Wizard? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486057)

This is shitty news. I used to watch Mr. Wizard on Nickelodeon as a kid. My dad watched him as a kid in the 1950s.

Of course, we had Carl Sagan on TV too.

I don't really watch too much TV, but someone please tell me that there are others like him that promoted reason and experimentation. Is it Bill Nye? Is there someone else? Where do gets get their appreciation of critical thinking and the scientific method? Who are the media-friendly scientist role models of today?

Re:Who is our generation of Mr. Wizard? (3, Informative)

nschubach (922175) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486083)

The last one I can think of is Bill Nye. Other than Bill, I'm not sure. It's kind of sad. I just saw him on TV the other month for something but I can't remember what.

Re:Who is our generation of Mr. Wizard? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486233)

I was always partial to Beakman myself, but Bill Nye may be more appropriate.

At any rate, sad news.

RIP, Science Man... (4, Funny)

DCheesi (150068) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486077)

Ahh, the guy who caused me to "forget" how to swallow, just in time for a visit with my super-cook aunt :)

I watched an episode where he demonstrated that swallowing is more sophisticated than just throwing food down your throat. I subsequently tried to "observe" my own swallow reflex; but, being a true reflex action, conscious observation disrupted the whole process. Then I started to get scared that I might swallow wrong and choke myself; from there, the self-consciousness made it impossible to swallow properly, and I could only (literally) choke down a few swallows of food in a sitting.

Everyone wondered why I wasn't chowing down as usual, but it wasn't until the end of the trip that I admitted what was going on. Eventually, of course, I got over it, and I can now shovel food down my throat with the best of them :) However, I still have trouble swallowing pills, or chugging a beer, because I re-learned the swallow reflex in a way that prevented too much food going down at once.

Nonetheless, I think Mr. Wizard's departure is well worth noting. A toast to Mr Wizard! :-)

Re:RIP, Science Man... (1)

Tickletaint (1088359) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486161)

Consider yourself lucky you never saw the "THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING!" troll. Oops...

Re:RIP, Science Man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486475)

Just think about your breathing-Yes that's right, THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING. Why you might ask? Well it's simple!

Your brain usually takes care of breathing FOR you, but whenever you remember this, YOU MUST MANUALLY BREATHE! If you don't you will DIE.

So do us all a favor and think about your breathing and then think about not breathing so you will be as fucking dead as the fake scientist who was nothing more than a fucktard.

GO AHEAD FUCKING FLAME AWAY OR WASTE YOUR GODDAMNED MODPOINTS FUCKTARDED SHITDOT SHEEPLE!

In Mr. Wizard's world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486109)

...all your base are belong to the baking soda volcano.

Thank you, Mr. Wizard (2, Insightful)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486183)

Thank you very much. I used to watch your show religiously as a kid.

I was only 9... (1)

vrmlguy (120854) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486211)

I was only 9 when "Watch Mr. Wizard" went off the air, but I still remember it well. Yes, I'm an old fart. No, I didn't remember the correct name, everyone always just called it, "Mr Wizard".

How old are you slashdot? (1)

Blahbooboo3 (874492) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486257)

Wow, i am in my mid-30s and I never saw this guy and only heard of him via TV show jokes etc. I thought he was dead. Go figure... sounds like a lot of you really loved him. May have to pick up his DVDs at some point.

Re:How old are you slashdot? (1)

Laebshade (643478) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486413)

I'm 24, and I watched him on Nick. But they were probably reruns, but still... what I remember about the show is an episode where he and this kid made dirty water (grass, food coloring, etc.), then used evaporation to get fresh water. Totally awesome. Mr. Wizard and Mr. Rogers were the two best edutainers of a bygone era.

Re:How old are you slashdot? (2, Informative)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486415)

I'm in my mid/late 30s, too. I used to watch him all of the time on Nickelodeon ("Mr. Wizard's World") in the mid-80s. He had a very basic approach to science but tried lots of different things, even the science behind pyrotechnics.

It was really great because all of his helpers were fellow teens or pre-teens who actually did the experiments. He just directed them, except for the really dangerous experiments, of course. So, it really helped to get kids involved because you watched other kids doing things that you would have thought only adults would do, and he would do things with basic, household items, like jars. I remember once when he used a muffin baking pan to demonstrate how fire would have different colors based on the chemical composition. In fact, if I remember, one of his "lab sets" was a kitchen.

Really cool stuff. Lots of good memories -- even the cheesy-by-today's-standards, computer-generated cutscenes.

Damn. Now I'm all nostalgic for You Can't Do That On Television as well.

Re:How old are you slashdot? (4, Funny)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486505)

Damn. Now I'm all nostalgic for You Can't Do That On Television as well.

I *heard* that... :P

Re:How old are you slashdot? (3, Funny)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486549)

Nice!! :D

Well, then I guess that we'll still be able to see Mr. Wizard if we go to Barth's Diner. After all, who do you think's in the burgers?

(Note to moderators: if you don't understand it, then you missed some good Nickelodeon shows in the mid-1980s.)

Re:How old are you slashdot? (4, Funny)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486627)

After all, who do you think's in the burgers?

I don't know... :P

Re:How old are you slashdot? (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486681)

I was waiting for that. :) Ross! Get Lisa or Moose over here to clean up this green slime!

Damn. Major memory flashback flood here. The 80s was such an awesome time. I'm glad that Mr. Wizard was a part of it.

Re:How old are you slashdot? (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486759)

I couldn't resist *grin*

Yes. The 80's - Mr Wizard (who is now on dvd - both his shows and books are on his site), You Can't do That on Television (which needs to be on dvd), Double Dare was actually cool unlike when they tried to bring it back, Count Duckula (also on dvd now =]), actual music on Mtv, childrens' cartoons that didn't make you want to rip your eyes out so your brain didn't melt and drip out of your ear...

What the heck happened? I'm only 27 and I feel old thinking of some of this...

Re:How old are you slashdot? (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486839)

Good fun. Heh. I'm 10 years older than you. How do you think I feel? :/

I wish they'd bring YCDTOTV onto DVD as well. At least I have the entire DangerMouse DVD set -- another Nickelodeon favorite from the 80s. Yes, I'm going to have to try to get my hands on the Mr. Wizard DVDs, although I suspect that with this announcement they will be difficult to find for a while.

Re:How old are you slashdot? (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486871)

I doubt it. They've been sold on his site for quite some time, and that's really the only place you can get them. Amazon doesn't carry them.

They even sell his project books and, I believe, shirts and mugs.

You should just have to wait for the traffic to calm down a bit so you can actually access it.

Re:How old are you slashdot? (1)

SnakeEyes (123104) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486969)

"After all, who do you think's in the burgers?

I don't know... :P"

D'Eeeeeyyyyye heard that!

I had no idea he was still alive! (1)

evilpenguin (18720) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486285)

Mr. Wizard not only was an intro to science for us 40+ year olds, he was also the figure being satirized by Dr. Science ("Remember, he's not a real doctor!" "I have a Master's Degree" "In SCIENCE!") so he is, in a sense, two pop-culture icons for the price of one!

I didn't realize he wasn't dead already... (1)

MayorDefacto (586113) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486305)

Seriously, I thought Don Herbert died in like 1989. Shows how much I know.

Re:I didn't realize he wasn't dead already... (1)

Achoi77 (669484) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486833)

Mr. Wizard's shows were always fun to watch, I remember sitting in front of the tv watching him bake potatoes in cardboard boxes, loop rubber bands within (which I've been trying to copy for months after I saw that), and cracking rubber balls with a hammer. God I miss that show.

I used to watch his show something like 20 years ago. (has it truly been that long?) And I thought he was pretty old back then too. Looks like he's lived a full life. I only hope to be so lucky.

Perhaps Mr. Wizard will return one day, as Mr. White Wizard. (sorry for the lame LOTR reference)

his last words... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486353)

"i could have kicked bill nye's faggot ass."

As Mr. Wizard would say... (3, Insightful)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486357)

He wouldn't want us to mourn but rather to celebrate and learn. After all, life and death are, as he would say, "based on scientific principles". :)

Godspeed, Mr. Wizard, and thanks for the memories!

generational gap (4, Insightful)

f1055man (951955) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486389)

Interesting to see who knows who he is and who doesn't. He was on from 50s to mid 60s, a brief stint in the early 70s and then throughout the eighties to early 90s. So as a child of the 80s, I share something in common with the boomers, my parents, but not with my older cousins. If you were born in the 60s or early 70s you probably missed out on something great. My condolences to all of you.

It's also worth mentioning that he not only reached kids through his tv shows, thousands of teachers and later science shows learned from his example as well. So even if you don't know who he is, it's likely your science teachers did. Having influenced millions over the last 50 years, it becomes hard to comprehend just how much of our technological society we owe to Mr. Wizard.

Re:generational gap (1)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486483)

If you were born in the 60s or early 70s you probably missed out on something great.

On the contrary. I was born in 1970 and I used to watch his show every day after getting home from school in the mid-1980s on Nickelodeon. You only missed out during that time if you didn't have cable. :)

What can we do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486395)

Was there any particular charity he supported we can contribute to? Perhaps cancer reseach?

Re:What can we do? (3, Insightful)

mcb (5109) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486477)

Volunteer on science days at your local schools, such as space day [spaceday.org] . I still remember watching Mr. Wizard as a kid in the 80s and I have no doubt my interest in science was heavily influenced by his show on Nick. We need to continue his legacy of fostering an interest in science and technology in the next generation.

Mr. Wizard was the Man! (1)

jimktrains (838227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486397)

I loved his show! I'm 20 and I remeber watching it and being very upset when it wasn't on TV (localy at least). I learned so much about science and he is one of the reason I am going to go for my phd. I remeber clearly the episode he showed where absolute zero came from:)

My condolences to his family. He was an awesome guy!

Re:Mr. Wizard was the Man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486471)

Mr. Wizard was an early inspiration to me. Without him, I would never have grown interested in the plague bacillus, smallpox, anthrax, and Jack in the Box.

Re:Mr. Wizard was the Man! (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486609)

Fruit, cereal, milk, bread and butter. Or other foods for variety, such as eggs or breakfast meat.

rj

great man (1)

ph4s3 (634087) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486445)

It takes a great individual to be able to talk to kids about science (or anything, really) in a way that intrigues them and inspires their own exploration. I think the two greatest things I had growing up were the How Things Work books and this show, each teaching that you can wonder about your world and find your own answers. I only hope my kids have a similar source of inspiration.

Re:great man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486493)

Great in the truest sense.

Re:great man (1)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486545)

I only hope my kids have a similar source of inspiration.

Both his first series and his second series are for sale as boxed sets on his website. So are the books that he came out with.

They're even reasonably priced.

where are they now? (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486459)

so many episodes i remember... mouse traps in the plexiglass box, the iodine/starch pitcher pour, the newspaper to break the stick, the candle making the paper spiral spin around, the impossibly cut paper, the hole in the paper so large i can jump through, all the LOGO exercises, the speech recognition software that shows you a waveform of your voice, so those with speech issues can "see" their speech and make it better, the measuring of the tree with a plate of water, the starter pistol sound delay via walkee talkee, the neighbor's dog's tracks in plaster, the i beam vs solid beam...

i think some of the shorter skits from mr wizard's world are on youtube, i rememeber looking those up once, and spending a few hours reliving many of these. they weren't as mindblowing as i remember, but the girls i had crushes on then--as a 9 year old--had some pretty good fashion sense.

i've always wondered what those kids are up to now...

Brings me back (2, Insightful)

spiralpath (1114695) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486463)

Mr. Wizard had a huge impact on me as well. I remember watching him, 3-2-1 Contact, and later Bill Nye and Beakman's World. There was an episode where he had some hydrophobic sand that he'd poured into a fishtank. It floated on the surface and when he plunged his hand into the water, it coated it like a glove. Pulled his hand out, it wasn't wet.

However many years later, and I am doing after-school science programming for a company called Mad Science. We have a kit with the sand in it, and I get to do the same experiment myself, and pass it on to another generation. It brings me back.

He will be missed.

show of hands... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19486513)

Who else thought he died like a decade ago?

Gonna miss him... (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486539)

So long, and thanks for all the experiments.

Bone cancer, eh? (1)

momerath2003 (606823) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486541)

My only regret is... that I have... boneitis! [gak]

rip mr wizard. here's a few of my favourites... (3, Interesting)

vena (318873) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486599)

baking soda and aluminum foil, when heated in water, can remove tarnish from silver
how to cut a piece of paper so it makes a hole big enough to jump through
how to crush a metal box without using your hands, only hot and cold water
a bucket of water can stop a bullet

Paved the way for Bill Nye and Mythbusters (1)

kylehase (982334) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486603)

I loved this show when I was a kid. I especially liked the episode about steam where he crushed a metal container and burnt a piece of paper all with steam. Besides building enthusiasm in students for topics such as science and engineering I also think his show paved way for shows like Bill Nye and Mythbusters.

loved his show, (1)

ridgecritter (934252) | more than 7 years ago | (#19486817)

probably was half of what pulled me into the sci/tech lifepath when I was a tyke. Thanks, and bon voyage, Don! Very glad we have your reruns.
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