Recently it has been rumored that the scientist, engineer and TV host Bill Nye was arrested for manufacturing and distributing drugs. These speculations were originated by the satire website Huzlers, on which an article narrating Nye’s arrest for ‘allegedly selling and manufacturing illegal drugs such as marijuana, acid, and crystal meth’ was posted. In the article he was also accused of being responsible for the majority of the drug trafficking market in Los Angeles.
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Despite the fact Huzlers has always been honest about its satirical and comical nature, some people on the internet have taken Bill Nye’s article out of context and have spread it as true. However, Bill Nye hasn’t been arrested or accused of such crimes.
Who is Bill Nye?
William Sanford ‘Bill’ Nye is an American communicator, mechanical engineer and TV personality, born on 27 November 1955 in Washington, DC USA. He’s widely known for his show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on PBS.
Bill Nye is the son of Jacqueline Jenkins and Edwin Darby Nye – he has a sister named Susan and a brother named Darby. William’s mother was a mathematician and psychologist who worked as a code breaker for the US government during World War II, in which his father Edwin also served as a contractor for the US armed forces.
During his childhood in Washington DC, William attended Lafayette Elementary School, and then started studying at Alice Deal Junior High, until he received a scholarship to attend Sidwell Friends, from where he matriculated in 1973.
William Nye then enrolled into Sibley School of Cornell University in New York, from where he graduated with a major in Mechanical Engineering. During his time in University, William took a class with Carl Sagan: ‘His classes were just fantastic’ said Nye in an interview – ‘If you saw the series “Cosmos”, his lectures were just like those television shows’.
Nye’s first job in the scientistic field was working for the Boeing Corporation, where he invented a suppressor tube for airplanes. He also worked for Sundstrand Data Control in Seattle, and tried to enter the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) training program, but was unsuccessful. Nye was a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and was a volunteer at the non-profit organization Pacific Science Center.
During his time in Seattle, Nye discovered his love for comedy by making impersonations of the actor Steve Martin, even winning a lookalike contest. It was then he decided to create his own stand-up comedy routine, while still working as an engineer. However, in 1986 he resolved to quit his job in Sundstrand to work full-time as a comedian.
“Almost Live!” & More
In 1986 Nye started working as a writer and actor for the show “Almost Live!”, and adopted the name Bill Nye. Although at the start he didn’t have a section in the show, he started by appearing in the program doing a science demonstration, after one of the guests cancelled their presentation. Nye’s segment turned out to be very successful, and led him to win an Emmy for it.
In 1989 he began hosting his own program, “Fabulous Wetlands” which was an educational series focused on showing Washington wetlands and ecosystems.
In addition, Bill Nye offered information about ecology and environmental preservation, explaining the topics with a sense of humor, which promptly set the show apart from other educational and scientific series of the time. Due to his success as a host, Bill Nye was invited to appear in Disney’s “All-New Mickey Mouse Club”.
Even before appearing on Disney, Bill Nye had always wanted to create a show for kids, an idea which was reinforced by an encounter he had with Carl Sagan in 1987. Sagan – who had hosted the highly successful “Cosmos” series – told him the series’ concept shouldn’t be about technology and engineering, as Nye had previously thought: ‘He said ‘Focus on pure science. Kids resonate to pure science rather than technology.’, and that turned out to be great advice’.
In 1991 Bill Nye appeared in a real-life segment of “Back to the Future: The Animated Series”. The series was short-lived though, as it ended in 1993.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Next Bill Nye along with Ross Shafer, the National Science Foundation, Rabbit Ears Productions and Disney Television, created the show “Bill Nye The Science Guy”, in which Nye presented himself wearing a lab coat, showing experiments and offering science information and insights in a simple, entertaining way for kids.
The series resulted in a huge success, breaking records by becoming one of the most watched programs in its category, and winning 19 Emmy Awards during the five years it was on air. The series not only became a reference for children, but also caught the attention of adults.
“Bill Nye The Science Guy” was utilized in schools as an educational resource, and led Nye to publish several books based on it. His appearances in Walt Disney Parks and Ellen’s Energy Adventure were notable as well.
In 1998 the show came to an end, however, it deeply impacted not only television history, but it also changed the popular perception of science. In an interview in 2013 with Seattle Met, Bill Nye said he considered the program’s success as a result of its pioneering and original concept: ‘School curricula do follow us. We pulled it off. That’s why the show has stood the test of time, if you’re asking for a theory’.
The Eyes of Nye & More
After the success “The Science Guy”, Bill Nye wanted to talk about more in-depth topics.
Despite having created the concept of “The Eyes of Nye”, KCTS delayed its production and premier for years, as the company was unsure about the likely success of it. The project was bought by the American Public Television later in 2005, when the show was finally premiered. However, the series wasn’t very successful, and lasted only one season on air.
In the following years Nye, hosted the shows “100 Greatest Discoveries” and “Greatest Inventions With Bill Nye”, and made brief appearances in “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” and “The Climate Code”. In 2008 he hosted “Stuff Happens” of Planet Green, and worked alongside his fellow science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson in an episode of “Brain Storm”.
In 2016 Netflix premiered “Bill Nye Saves the World”, a series in which he explores a variety of scientific topics and its impact in people’s everyday life. The series was renewed for three seasons until its end in 2018.
Bill Nye married Blair Tindall in 2006, though various weeks later he annulled the marriage due to Tindall’s allegedly disrespectful and abusive behaviour towards him, as she supposedly stole items from his house, damaged his propriety, and tried to defame him through emails. He ultimately obtained a restrictive order against her. There are no public details of Bill having any other romantic associations.
Political Views and Advocacy
Bill Nye has openly shown his approval for the Democrat Party, being a close consultant of the Obama administration, and openly supporting Joe Biden during his campaign for the Presidency in 2020.
During an episode of the podcast “Getting Curious” of Jonathan Van Ness, Nye also expressed his pre-occupation regarding Donald Trump’s administration and its negative ecological impact.
As of late 2020, Bill Nye has an estimated net worth of $8 million, which is largely as a result of his works as a TV show host and other media appearances.
Bill Nye is a man of white ethnicity – he has brownish-red hair and amber eyes. He’s 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, but his current weight is unknown.
Bill Nye has made two appearances in the popular long-running sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”.
In 2018 he played baseball in the All-Star Legends event, organized by the National League.
He agrees to criminally charging people who would challenge the international climate change consensus: ‘as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen’.
Although he doesn’t suffer from ataxia, his two siblings have been affected by this illness of the nervous system, inherited from their father’s family. This is the reason Bill Nye never had kids, as he’s afraid they would be affected by it.