Let's give thanks to Bill Nye the Science Guy (It's his birthday!)
Bill Bill Bill, it’s your birthday! That’s right, everyone’s favorite childhood science teacher, Bill Nye, celebrates his big day today, conveniently on Thanksgiving this year. So while we’re all giving thanks for friends and family, let’s also give thanks to the guy who taught us all about volcanoes, wetlands, magnetism, amphibians, fossils and phases of matter, just to name a few. There are a hundred episodes alone of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so there are a hundred reasons to love him right there!
Our love for him reaches far beyond early morning shows on PBS, though. He’s done countless television specials, popped up on all sorts of newscasts throughout the years, and he’s a pretty big pop culture icon that we still love today. Our fondness for Nye and his bowties show no sign of slowlying down any time soon. So, in honor of his birthday, here are some of the most awesome things he’s done, and here’s to the many more yet to come!
Back to the Future: The Animated Series
Bask in the awesome VHS glory of yesteryear, before he was his own science guy, Nye actually helped out another scientist, Emmett “Doc” Brown. Spinning-off the Back to the Future series, the animated version show expanded the adventures of Doc and the gang, and sometimes they needed to do a little science experiment. Nye played the Doc’s live-action assistant. Why don’t they make Saturday morning television shows like this anymore?
“The Science Guy”
Here’s a fun fact that might blow your mind: “The Science Guy” originated as part of a sketch show. Nye, fresh out of college with his degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, lived in Seattle and belonged to a television sketch show called Almost Live! One of the producers there suggested Nye start doing segments about science experiments, and the rest, you might say, is history.
Nye’s trademark bowtie