Life Lessons from The Professor, or Why I Blog

by Larry Hehn on May 7, 2012

Back in 1971, television station CHCH in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada produced an incredible 130 episodes of a children’s series called The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. It’s an unlikely place to find the reason why I blog, but I have found it there.

Though the show contained mostly comedy sketches, it also offered educational segments like The Professor, featuring unforgettable physicist and television personality Julius Sumner Miller.

A student and friend of Albert Einstein, Miller had an unrivaled enthusiasm for his subject matter (“Physics is my business”) and for education in general.

As you can see from this clip here, Miller’s passion is undeniable and downright infectious!

Did you catch some of those nuggets?

“Lots of people look. Not everybody sees too well. And lots of people listen. But few hear. So you must see when you look, and hear when you listen.”

What do you think of what he said about intellectual inertia and photophobia?

Too much for a children’s program, you think? I love what he has to say about that in the following clip:

You know, I’ve always struggled to communicate why I blog, until now.

But I feel a certain kinship with The Professor when he says, “My singular purpose is to make everyone reach, and thus their brains are stretched, and their emotions moved, and their spirit touched.”

It’s not that I think I have any superior personal wisdom or insight to share. Rather, it’s the excitement of shared discovery that brings me back to the keyboard time and again.

Just doing my best to fight intellectual – and spiritual – inertia.

Yours? Well, yes I suppose. But, truth be told, mostly my own.

I’m just pleased to have you along for the ride.

That’s why I blog.

Who has made you reach, stretched your brain, moved your emotions, touched your spirit?

Why do you blog?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Juan Cruz Jr May 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Larry, the music from the clips reminded of old black and white sci-fi movies : ) I blog because I believe that I have a message that I want everyone to hear. That I have a piece of information that I want to share that hopefully will help someone in all areas of their lives. I blog because it gives freedom to my words and ideas that are in my brian.
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Larry Hehn May 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Those are great reasons to blog, Juan. Yep, that intro music fit in perfectly with the Hilarious House of Frightenstein theme. It was pretty spooky for me as a kid, but also lots of fun!


Liz McLennan May 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Am sort of commenting here, mostly to say I’ll be back to comment.

Am chewing on this and thinking I’ll probably turn it into a blog post, which I sometimes do after reading something you’ve written, Larry….
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Larry Hehn May 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I always look forward to reading your posts, Liz. Can’t wait!


Kevin Martineau May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I first started blogging as a means of processing things that I was learning. This is still is big reason why I blog but I also blog now for the encouragement and edification of others.
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Larry Hehn May 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Thanks for sharing, Kevin!


David Rupert May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm

You have the right mix of humor, thoughtful prose and direct commentary.

A well-written blog. Glad you have better hair than the professor!


Larry Hehn May 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Wow, thank you very much David!
I’m glad about my hair too. 🙂


Liz McLennan May 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Apparently, I had a lot to say, in response to this question, Larry!
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Larry Hehn May 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Great post, Liz. Thanks for sharing the link here!


Roger Davison May 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

Great post. I found it very interesting and totally loved it.

Thanks for sharing.

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Larry Hehn May 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

Roger, Roger! 😉


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