Mr. Wizard's Junior Science Show by Ruth Hubley Thayer | Illustrated by Robert Bonfils | 1957 Vintage Picture Book | Watch Mr. Wizard
Mr. Wizard was the Bill Nye the Science Guy of the 1950s-1960s. The show was so popular it inspired a series of picture books by Rand McNally.
ABOUT WATCH MR. WIZARD (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Watch Mr. Wizard was an American television program for children that demonstrates the science behind ordinary things. The show's creator and on-air host was Don Herbert. "It enjoyed consistent praise, awards, and high ratings throughout its history. At its peak, Watch Mr. Wizard drew audiences in the millions, but its impact was far wider. By 1956, it had prompted the establishment of more than five thousand Mr. Wizard science clubs, with an estimated membership greater than one hundred thousand." Watch Mr. Wizard first aired on NBC on March 3, 1951. In the weekly half-hour live television show, Herbert played a science hobbyist and every Saturday morning a neighbor would come to visit. Mr. Wizard always had some kind of laboratory experiment going that taught something about science. The experiments, many of which seemed impossible at first glance, were usually simple enough to be re-created by viewers. The show was very successful; by 1954 it was broadcast live by 14 stations, and by kinescope (a film made from the television monitor of the original live broadcast) by an additional 77. Mr. Wizard Science Clubs were started throughout North America, numbering 5000 by 1955 and 50,000 by 1965. The show had produced 547 live broadcasts by the time it was canceled in 1965. The show was cited by the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society for increasing interest in science and won a 1953 Peabody Award.
• Mr. Wizard's Junior Science Show
• Written by Ruth Hubley Thayer
• Illustrated by Robert Bonfils
• Published by Rand McNally, 1957
• 32 page hardcover with full-color illustrations
• Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2"
• In great condition
• Covers show almost no wear
• Pages are in excellent shape - no marks or tears
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