"Lots of people make the assumption that if it's entertaining, it couldn't be educational. If it's educational, it couldn't be entertaining. That's not true. It can be both, as I've proved over and over and over and over again."
About This Interview
Science show host Don Herbert (1917-2007) was interviewed for two hours in Bell Canyon, CA. Herbert described his early years as an actor on stage and radio before turning to television where he created the classic children's science series Watch Mr. Wizard. He detailed his hosting of the show, as well as working with his young assistants. He talked about his simultaneous work as G. E. Theater's "progress reporter," hosting a different three-minute commercial segment for each episode through the majority of the run. He talked about the later incarnations of the "Mr. Wizard" franchise. He also mentioned his appearances on morning and late-night television talk shows. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on January 24, 2005. NOTE: DURING THIS INTERVIEW, MR. HERBERT WAS EXTREMELY HARD-OF-HEARING.