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A Night of Science with Bill Nye at Penn State Behrend

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He's known round the world for his hit science show.

That man, is Bill Nye "The Science Guy," and on Wednesday night, he spoke to a jam-packed crowd at Penn State Behrend.

According to Nye, his love of science began at a very young age after being stung by a bee.

"My brother had a chemistry set from the good ol' days when they were really dangerous, and he made ammonia in my hand," said Nye.  "Then, I got stung by a bee, and we put ammonia on it, and the whole thing fascinated me."

After graduating Cornell University, Nye headed to Seattle, working as an engineer by day and stand-up comedian by night.

"The host of the show said 'Why don't you do that stuff you're always talking about Bill.  You could do some science thing.  You could be like Bill Nye the Science Guy or something.'  And then he closed his brief case, and walked out of the meeting." said Nye.  "And I went wow, that's really good."

After years of performing, his television show began in 1993.  It ran for five years and won 18 Emmy awards.

"Your hope is that you throw this Hail Mary pass into the future, and some young person who is graduated from Penn State Erie goes on to invent the better battery and change the world for all human kind," said Nye.  "It's very exciting.  The possibility remains."

As for his performance on 'Dancing with the Stars'.....

"It was the coolest thing ever, but it was so disappointing," said Nye.  "My leg is still not right."

Nye's visit is part of Penn State Behrend's Speaker Series.

 

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