So, there's probably no one that remembers this show at all, but it was a childhood favorite of mine. Mr Wizard's World was a show that aired, as I remember it, at 6 or 6:30 am on Nickelodeon (Yes... I was an early riser even then...). Every day, Mr Wizard would show us new, cool science experiments that could be done with typical household items. He kept it simple. He explained the science behind the result. And made it look like so much fun! His interest in the subject made me interested, too, and kept me interested. I hadn't thought about it before, but Mr. Wizard was partly responsible for sparking my interest in science and planting a seed that grew into lifelong inquisitiveness and a love of learning. Or maybe I was just weird... what kid enthusiastically watches kitchen science experiments at 6am? Me.
Now, Mr Wizard was no Bill Nye. There was no flashiness, special effects, or extra characters. No fancy music or graphics or even a set, really. It was just a grandfatherly guy in his kitchen with another kid or two, exploring household objects and letting kids participate. There might've been an occasional "Let your mom or dad help you with this" but never a "Don't try this at home".
Mr Wizard passed away yesterday. He was 89.