A Wizard In The Lab
by Txchnologist staff
GE’s progress reporter demonstrated a plastic foam developed by the company during a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater. The segment, called House of Magic, featured Don Herbert. Some might remember him as Mr. Wizard, TV’s original science guy.
At the time, the plastic foam that Herbert was presenting was being used for aircraft and rocket insulation. Its special chemicals could grow more than 150 times in volume when mixed, and the concoction changed from a liquid to a solid.