"Never talk down to the viewer. The viewer is another scientist and we're just having a chat."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Bill Nye talks about his early interest in science and recalls learning astronomy from Professor Carl Sagan at Cornell University. He discusses moving to Seattle, where he worked for Boeing as a mechanical engineer and shares why he quit his job to get into television. Nye speaks of his appearances on Seattle's Almost Live and the origins of his "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" persona. He then explains the creation of Bill Nye, the Science Guy and details how topics are selected for the program, outlines the format of the show and shares his favorite episodes and moments. Nye also talks about his identifiable wardrobe (bow tie, lab coat), discusses the program's music videos and outlines how the show's opening was inspired by a James Bond movie. He talks of censorship issues on the show and comments on his September 2012 appearance in the headlines based on his comments on evolution and creationism. Craig Tomashoff conducted the interview on September 5, 2012 in Studio City, CA.