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originally posted by: schuyler
The thing is, Bill Nye is not a science guy. He's a mechanical engineer who worked at Boeing. He quit there to start a career in comedy with "Almost Live," a Seattle spoof (and usually quite funny, locally) of Saturday Night. A friend of mine actually dated him, said he was "extremely weird." Of course, so was she.
originally posted by: peter vlar
a reply to: schuyler
In all fairness to Bill, when he was first working on his pitch for what eventually became "Bill Nye Science Guy", his original focus for the show was going to be based on engineering principles like how bridges are made, his families interest in sun dials (his dad was a Japanese POW who became obsessed with sun dials because of the lack of electricity in the camps) and some other random topics that were much closer related to his engineering background. It was Carl Sagan who convinced him to go in a more "pure science" direction to get kids more interested when they met at Bill's ten year reunion at Cornell in the late 80's. But yeah, even most of his enthusiasts don't realize he's only got a bachelors in mechanical engineering. He did develop a sundial for the Mars Rovers if Im remembering right too. Not sure if you would know or not, but did the monicker of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" come from Almost Live? Or is that an apocryphal story?