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September 30, 2004 8:15 AM   Subscribe

Watch, watch it now... watch!
I'm Dr. Julius Sumner Miller, and physics is my business.
Witness the drama of science in video clips from a groundbreaking 1960s program, and ask yourself, Why is it so?
posted by putzface_dickman (16 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
See also this thread for his Australian heir.
posted by putzface_dickman at 8:26 AM on September 30, 2004


His man Anderson "executes his responsibilities with uncommon care and diligence". How sweet and innocent everything seemed back then. I just love the one about the knobs...

The prof reminds me so much of The Wizard of Oz, only scruffier. Thanks for this link - must watch every one.
posted by iconomy at 8:31 AM on September 30, 2004


Notice however much it rotates gentlemen, and however much it gets deformed, does it not always end up how?

Hilarious. What a funny old man.
posted by scarabic at 8:51 AM on September 30, 2004


Canadians (and some Americans) will remember him as "The Professor" from the awesome Hilarious House of Frightenstein.
(Billy Van R.I.P.)
posted by chococat at 9:22 AM on September 30, 2004


Yes, I saw this guy on PBS on an afternoon long ago. I've been looking for tapes of complete episodes ever since. The closest I've ever gotten is Western Instructional Television. The professor is pure awesomeness in a bottle and I wanted to burn his antics to DVD, because if anyone deserves a DVD box set, it's this man. The search continues.
posted by BartFargo at 9:54 AM on September 30, 2004


Oh wow, we used to watch videos of this show in my middle school science classes in the 80s. We (okay, nerdy I) used to look forward to the next installment because he was so entertaining. I agree, a DVD box set would be superb. Great find, and a superb post. Thanks!
posted by boomchicka at 10:07 AM on September 30, 2004


I stubbled across that Frightenstein page a while back while looking for a DVD box set myself, and that "I say GO BACK" mp3 is classic.
posted by bob sarabia at 10:10 AM on September 30, 2004


Seems like a much cooler version of Mr. Wizard
posted by adamms222 at 10:57 AM on September 30, 2004


That was fantastic. And the theme music is icing on the cake.
posted by O9scar at 10:59 AM on September 30, 2004


[this rules]
posted by glenwood at 11:35 AM on September 30, 2004


The prof reminds me so much of The Wizard of Oz, only scruffier.

See also this thread for his Australian heir.


I read that as his Australian HAIR. Scruffiness lends credibility to the mad professor types, and he's got it goin' on.

Very cool stuff.
posted by Shane at 1:23 PM on September 30, 2004


He used to do Cadbury chocolate advertiments here (Australia). Sucking a hard-boiled egg into a milk bottle by dropping a burning piece of paper in it. I KNOW there is "a glass and a half of full-cream dairy milk in every two hundred gram block of Cadbury chocolate" because the Professor said so. A mainstay of Australian TV, they occasionally use these segments as filler between programs on the ABC.

Neato.
posted by bdave at 3:56 PM on September 30, 2004


My great-aunt and uncle used to know this guy.

I remember staying at their farm back in the 80s and being told proudly that "professor sumner-miller was here last week!"

/random
posted by theducks at 5:27 PM on September 30, 2004


"Is that not wonderful to look at! Is that not wonderful to see!"

Unbelievably great footage!
posted by red cell at 12:22 AM on October 1, 2004


Sorry...I was so excited I messed up his quotes!

The good Professor quotes Michael Faraday: "Is not that wonderful to look at; is not that marvelous to see!"

Yes! Yes, Professor...a million times YES!
posted by red cell at 12:27 AM on October 1, 2004


Experimenting with knobs - During this experiment Professor Julius makes sure we get a good view of his man Anderson. See how his assistant, who "executes his responsibilities with uncommon care and diligence", helps make sparks fly.




Oh, that is just twisted!
posted by Keyser Soze at 11:52 AM on October 1, 2004


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