Donald Herbert Kemske was born in Waconia, Minnesota back in 1917. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse majoring in English. He wanted to be an actor but that was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the United States Army as a Private, later transferring to the United States Army Air Force.
He became a B-24 bomber pilot flying 56 combat mission from Italy with the 767th Bomb Squadron, 461st Bomb Group. By the time he was discharged in 1945 he had attained the rank of Captain, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
Afterwards he worked at a radio station in Chicago. He had an idea for a children’s program which premiered in 1951. That program lasted until 1965 with 547 live episodes. His program won a Peabody Award in 1953. He produced eight films which aired on public television. He died in 2007 from multiple myeloma in Bell Canyon, California he was 89.
While you may not know his name maybe you know his stage name Donald Jeffry Herbert or Mr. Wizard.
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