If you are fortunate in your career, you have a mentor or someone you owe your inspiration and direction in starting down the chosen path in life. Chemistry teacher Doug Hodous at Heritage High School was my inspiration. As I sat across the hall from his classroom and listened to the occasional explosions and laughter coming from the room, I knew I needed to find a way into that class.

I caught the science bug in that chemistry class. I also noticed a cute blonde in that class that I later married. But that’s another story.

Doug and I did a signature experiment of his for my television segment this week. The demonstration involves a genie, a singing pipe and a secret for awakening the genie of the pipe.

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