For the Nikoseys, who made the donation, Don Herbert’s public history has become their personal mission. They run the website MrWizardStudios and they keep up with some of Herbert’s most devoted fans.
“People still keep in touch with us,” says Tom Nikosey, a graphic designer. He says that he recently tracked down the author of a piece of Herbert’s fan mail, and had a long conversation with him. “He raved about Mr. Wizard, and we had this really wonderful exchange.”
Herbert passed away in 2007. In an obituary that ran in the Los Angeles Times, he got an ovation from someone who’s followed in his footsteps: the science educator Bill Nye. Nye wrote, “If any of you reading now have been surprised and happy to learn a few things about science watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” keep in mind, it all started with Don Herbert. . . [he] changed the world.”
“Mr. Wizard,” a display of documents and archival materials from the popular television science educator is on view through October 2, 2015 at the National Museum of American History.