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'[OT] RIP Mr Wizard'
2007\06\13@202847 by Jim Korman

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Saw this morning that "Mr. Wizard", Don Herbert
died on June 12th.

http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/
http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/bioandtimeline.htm

I remember watching his shows in the early/mid
1960s. Definitely one who used TV in a positive
manner.

Jim

2007\06\14@114002 by Alex Harford

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Jim,

I'm of the newer generation that watched him in the 80's.  There were
two inspiring shows that I remember: the light pen, where he had a
computer that he could use to 'draw' on the monitor; and an episode
about vacuum, demonstrating that there is a maximum limit that
something could draw... first from the neighbourhood boy's lungs
(didn't go very far), then to a vacuum pump, which made it further,
but still hit a limit.

He will be missed.  I'm thinking about buying the DVD set for my
nephews who are getting to be the right age for the shows.

Alex

On 6/13/07, Jim Korman <spam_OUTjkormanTakeThisOuTspamalltel.net> wrote:
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2007\06\14@115954 by Hazelwood Lyle

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> > Saw this morning that "Mr. Wizard", Don Herbert
> > died on June 12th.
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I recall him sticking forks into each end of a
"plumps as you cook them" hot dog, then plugging in
a line cord and connecting clips to each fork.

The dog plumped at each end, and then the heat moved
towards the center, at which time the dog was "done".

It was a great demonstration, but probably couldn't be
repeated now without safety disclaimers.


He fed the curiosity that still drives me today.
I am in his debt for that.

Lyle

2007\06\14@120856 by PAUL James

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All,

I remember back in the 60's, Mr. Wizard came to our town and recruited
a few people from my school
to appear on his TV show.  One of my classmates made it to the show.  I
was a standby alternate.  
I never got to appear though because all of the chosen participants
showed up.
But it still was quite a thrill to even be considered for the Mr.
Wizard program.  I also remember
that we were the school heroes for a few weeks after that.  

It sure brings back memories.  

Thanks Mr. Wizard for the honor of meeting and knowing you.




                                                               Regards,

                                                                  Jim

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2007\06\21@101639 by Howard Winter

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On Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:59:26 -0400, Hazelwood Lyle wrote:

>...
> I recall him sticking forks into each end of a
> "plumps as you cook them" hot dog, then plugging in
> a line cord and connecting clips to each fork.

Hopefully not in that order!  :-)

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2007\06\21@104135 by Hazelwood Lyle

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> >...
> > I recall him sticking forks into each end of a
> > "plumps as you cook them" hot dog, then plugging in
> > a line cord and connecting clips to each fork.
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> Hopefully not in that order!  :-)
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>
Yes, actually, he did it in exactly that order.
Then he reached under the desktop and turned on a switch.

I was horrified. Great demo, dangerous presentation.
You can cook more than a hot dog that way.

Lyle

2007\06\23@072012 by Howard Winter

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Lyle,

On Thu, 21 Jun 2007 10:41:52 -0400, Hazelwood Lyle wrote:

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Good Grief!

> I was horrified. Great demo, dangerous presentation.
> You can cook more than a hot dog that way.

Quite!  Especially since most US sockets don't have switches on them, it's setting up for people to follow his example and end up rather dead...

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2007\06\23@210448 by Jake Anderson

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>> I was horrified. Great demo, dangerous presentation.
>> You can cook more than a hot dog that way.
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> Quite!  Especially since most US sockets don't have switches on them, it's setting up for people to follow his example and end up rather dead...
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> Cheers,
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> Howard Winter
> St.Albans, England
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Makes for a good demonstration of evolution though ;->

2007\06\23@214831 by Roger, in Bangkok

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Actually it presents a far better example of how far backwards we've slid.
I remember the original episode well, possibly because being a central
Illinois farmboy I knew what hot dogs were of and would never eat one!
Anyway ... at the time there was no outcry of concern of any sort.  You see,
first of all we were taught how to follow instructions ... and we were
taught IN the school system from grade 1 about life, including electricity,
light switches and such.  We were also taught some sort of value that made
learning an important experience and part of life ... today that series
would be of little interest to most students, whereas at the time it was
followed by the sports-jocks, music buffs, artistic and any other student
interest groups imaginable.

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2007\06\23@215202 by Jinx

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> > I was horrified. Great demo, dangerous presentation.
> > You can cook more than a hot dog that way

I remember seeing this demonstration by someone with
technical knowledge. US show, 70s I'm guessing, "That's
Incredible" or something like that. Electrified pickle as a
(spluttering and short-lived) light bulb. Probably a video on
YouTube, got clips of seemingly everything else

http://www.big.uk.com/knowledgebase/shows/food_shows.htm

The Gherkin - Put 240V mains through a pickle and watch!  I
saw Tim Hunkin [Secret Life Of Machines] do this first, but
since I've seen it turn up in other places, Penn and Teller do it
and the original research was done in California (obviously).  The
orange glow is caused by the sodium D line emission from the
salt in the pickle.  I've tried other pickles but gherkins work
best, my onions caught fire and the eggs just stank.  I suspect
that the gherkin is particularly good at diffusing the light.  

I thought it would be nice to get gherkins in different colours by
soaking in solutions of metal salts.  I tried leaving one in copper
sulphate over night but the sodium line is just too strong.  Any
ideas on this appreciated.  I've never blown a fuse or blacked
out a science centre yet but get permission before plugging pickles
into the mains!

Playing with electric pickles is dangerous, keep the equipment
away from people who don't know what they're doing.

2007\06\23@233959 by John, N5DWI

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> Great demo, dangerous presentation.
> You can cook more than a hot dog that way

About 35 years ago, here in Houston,
a fellow ran a fresh fish shop.

He had the fish live, swimming in a big metal tank.

You pointed out which fish you wanted.

He would then stun them with a pair of metal
shishkebab skewers nailed to a piece of wood.  

The skewers were routed to 120V from an old-
fashioned socket, hanging from the ceiling.

One day, while leaning against the tank,
his hand slipped onto the skewers.

The fish shop never reopened.

John



2007\06\24@005522 by Sean Breheny

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Hi John,

Was he killed?

Sean


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2007\06\24@055016 by Roger, in Bangkok

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Several folks over the years have died collecting night-crawlers that
way.  My brother and I would take turns crankin' an old Edison-Phone
generator clipped to 2 stakes in the ground and accomplish the same thing
... only living to tell about it.

Roger, in Bangkok


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2007\06\24@083221 by Russell McMahon

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> YouTube, got clips of seemingly everything else
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> http://www.big.uk.com/knowledgebase/shows/food_shows.htm
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> The Gherkin - Put 240V mains through a pickle and watch!  I



Don't try this at home. YMMV.
Microwaving CD's (the disks, not the players)(pressed versions with
metalisation, not dye based writeables) makes an interesting
diversion.
For best visual results place silvered side up on a glass or similar
and stand clear.
Gas mask optional.

The fireshow only lasts a second or two.
The fumes are very very noxious so keeping the on time down is highly
desirable.

Don't expect to be able to ever use the CD again after the first few
milliseconds.



       Russell



2007\06\24@112531 by Marcel Duchamp

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Jinx wrote:
>my onions caught fire and the eggs just stank.  

It's comments like the one above that keeps me coming back to the
piclist for more... ;>

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