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August 17, 2008

Why is it so?

photo of Julius Sumner Miller

A friend pointed me to this wonderful quirky resource... a collection of greatest hits clips from Julius Sumner Miller's science shows from the 60s.

Miller portrayed "Professor Wonderful" for a couple of years on the Mickey Mouse Club back in the 60s, and over the next few decades he racked up an amazing collection of TV credits... demonstrating the wonders of physics on public TV in America, on the CBC in Canada, on The Steve Allen Show, on commercials, and...for 23 years... on Australian TV.

Miller was the stereotypical physics teacher...thick accent, wild hair, experiments that often had a frisson of real danger. I particularly liked the bad-ass way he would often start his show:

How do you do, ladies and gentlemen, and boys and girls? My name is Julius Sumner Miller, and physics is my business.

Australia's ABC TV network has a collection of clips from the show online (they're in Real and Windows Media format). Enjoy!

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 17, 2008 08:25 AM

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