"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
In his two-hour Archive interview, science show host Don Herbert (1917-2007) describes 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 details his hosting of the show, as well as working with his young assistants. He talks 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 recalls the later incarnations of the "Mr. Wizard" franchise. He also mentions his appearances on morning and late-night television talk shows. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Bell Canyon, CA on January 24, 2005. NOTE: DURING THIS INTERVIEW, MR. HERBERT WAS EXTREMELY HARD-OF-HEARING.