Don Herbert died this morning at age 89. This really saddens me. I was obsessed with his shows in the 80’s when they were broadcast on Nickelodeon. He was probably the first man to show me what geekdom was and how cool it could be. I was amazed at how many ways you could blow things up just with baking soda or how useful fire was in science experiments 🙂 Ah good times. In fact, I watched his show so much that my parents bought me my first chemistry kit from Sears to actully try some of the stuff (just without the fire or explosions) Don, we’ll miss you buddy!

Message from his web site

It is with deep sadness that we regret to announce the passing of Don Herbert – the one and only “Mr. Wizard”. Don lost his battle with cancer today, June 12, 2007, at 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time – slightly more than one month shy of his 90th birthday. He was lovingly surrounded by his family, who are at once, saddened by his passing, and relieved that he is no longer suffering.

We all feel extremely lucky to have had him in our lives and to have known and worked with Don over the years. We have also been tremendously honored to carry on his legacy as an original and truly legendary figure in the worlds of both Television and Science Education. He has been inspirational and influential in so many ways and on so many lives and we are comforted in the fact that his ground breaking work and legacy will continue to inspire many more people for years to come.

Thank you so much to all of you for your support and sympathy.

Sincerely, The Family