Donald Herbert Kemske

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (15)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

Jul 26, 2020 04:00 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I loved Mr. Wizard!  We watched him all the time!

Jul 26, 2020 04:03 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I remember Mr Wizard  and loved that show....

Mr. Wizard Studios - Home of Watch Mr. Wizard, Mr. Wizard's World ...

Jul 26, 2020 04:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I also remember Mr Wizard but don't recall knowing of his background.  

Jul 26, 2020 04:41 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Dating my self I remember watching his program.

Jul 26, 2020 05:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I remember Mr. Wizard and really liked his show as a kid. Like Bill Nye he had no education in the sciences what so ever but unlike Mr. Nye he didn't politicize his view, brainwashing (and scaring) children. Thank you James Dray .

Jul 26, 2020 05:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... sad to say, I didn't know the "stage names" of Donald or his "real" name. Of course, now I do. :)

Jul 26, 2020 05:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

This one I am unfamiliar with on both counts!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 26, 2020 05:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Have a vague recollection of Mr. Wizard. That still makes me old. Enjoy your day!

Jul 26, 2020 05:53 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never heard of that program but I guess it was before my time.

Jul 26, 2020 07:00 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I know Ron loved those shows growing up.  Wishing you and your bride a happy Sunday.  A

Jul 26, 2020 07:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I actually knew who you were talking about the minute I saw his name!  I loved Mr. Wizard!!!!! But I did not know that he flew bombers!

Jul 26, 2020 01:03 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting story.  I am not very familiar with Mr. Wizard - though I had heard his name.  

Jul 26, 2020 04:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James how interesting and he is lucky he lived... I am  reading about B-24's and they had more accidental deaths than from enemy fire..... a future post coming your way:)Endre

Jul 26, 2020 10:34 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I remember Mr. Wizard as being a show in which I had no interest. I liked cartoons...Bugs Bunny and such. I also did poorly in chemistry and physics classed in high school.

Aug 07, 2020 01:05 PM

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