Thank You Dr. Frank Baxter, Wherever You Are!
A recent post on Scott Adams’ Dilbert blog has set off a ripple of memories from the true (for me anyway) golden age of television. In that posting, someone had mentioned not having enough ping pong balls or mousetraps in their reply to one of Scott’s posts. This was a subtle reference to an episode of a t.v. show that was called “The Bell Science Hour”, that ran in the very late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Those items mentioned were key props used to demonstrate in a simple way how atomic energy worked.
It’s Just Fission, You Know!
This was a weekly show in the early 60’s hosted by the aforementioned Dr. Frank Baxter, in my research for this I found that some of the episodes were directed by Frank Capra. The show was aimed at the brighter children who could ramp up their learning curve and become the intelligent and honest leaders of the 20th and 21st century.
Some, eh…. Not so much.
Anyway, this trip down memory lane also brought back memories of many happy hours watching Mr. Don Herbert, the on camera host of a TV show called “Watch Mr. Wizard” which ran on NBC for 14 years.
You just knew that he knew things…..
What a great educational boost in science interest these and other t.v. shows of the day gave to so many American kids who were destined to grow up and be great and honest leaders.
Or not, but I digress.
Sadly, Mr. Herbert died of Cancer in 2007.
And Mr. Baxter died in 1982 of a heart attack.
The hosts of these shows were people that you knew at a glance that you could trust, they carried along the very presence of Walter Cronkite.
My true heroes…. they will all be alive as long as I’m breathing….
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