13 June 2007

I used to watch him

An icon from the early days of television - Mr Wizard has died. I can remember watching him. I think his sponsor was General Electric... I think.


Fish-2 said...

I remember watching his show and being fascinated by things he did. He got to play with all the cool stuff. I remember him taking a box with a handle sticking out of it and dipping it into liquid oxygen. The box was filled with Mercury and it froze it so solid he picked it up by the handle and drove a nail into a board with it.

A.G.T. said...

It's a good thing you got to see that 50 years ago, Fish, because if Mr Wizard had a box of mercury today he'd have the HazMat Team and the EPA Gestapo on his butt!

Fish-2 said...

Makes me think of cleaning my gun as a kid. I used Carbon Tet (tetrachloride) to clean it. I'd give the druggist a quarter and he'd give me a pint bottle of the stuff. I was 12 or 13. They'd lock him up UNDER the jail today for that. I'm not even sure if I could buy it today at all.