Kids who grew up in the 1980s lost a TV icon this week. Don Herbert, the popular science expert and host of the Nickelodeon kids cable TV show “Mr. Wizard’s World“, has died at 89. Herbert had a long battle with multiple melanoma.
Mr. Wizard’s World
Herbert used basic experiments to teach scientific principles to his TV audience via an in-studio guest boy or girl who assisted in the experiments. Herbert liked to perform his scientific experiments as “tricks” to get the kids hooked, then explain the science behind it later.
Don Herbert’s Life After Mr. Wizard
Don Herbert successfully extended his brand beyond just the Mr. Wizard TV shows. In years following Mr. Wizard’s World, Herbert wrote several books, including “Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science” and “Mr. Wizard’s Experiments for Young Scientists.” He also helped create a website called mrwizardstudios.com where fans could order Mr. Wizard videos, merchandise, books and contact his staff.