Child Benjamin was crushed today to hear the sad sad news that Don Herbert, perhaps better known as Mr. Wizard, passed away in Bell Canyon today. To understate it just a little bit, Mr. Wizard was the shit. Who doesn’t remember sitting around watching Mr. Wizard as a child (he’d been wizarding since 1951, c’mon, even you old folks should be hip to the Wiz.) He inspired generations of kids to blow things up in their backyards and think science is awesome.
The video above is Mr. Wizard appearing with David Letterman in February of 1982. Let’s all go make some science tonight, eh?