I saw the sad news that Grant Imahara has passed away, from a brain aneurysm at the age of 49. Although he worked for 9 years behind the scenes and Lucasfilms and Industrial Light & Magic as well as winning the third season of Battlebots, he is probably best known as one of the co-hosts of Mythbusters from 2005 to 2014.
I started watching Mythbusters right about the time that Grant started and I was hooked from the beginning. This was about the time in my life when I was really starting to embrace my interest in science or as my baby sister says “my nerd stuff”. As I know I’ve talked about here before, I spent decades of my life trying to mask my intelligence. Even though I was the “smart one” in the family and did well in school, I never highlighted any accomplishments and purposely didn’t gravitate to things that were too nerdy.
But by the time Grant came into my life I had begun to realize that being interested in science, being a big reader, watching shows like Mythbusters was nothing to be ashamed about. I loved the show and I was always amazed at Grant’s ability to whip up a robot whenever it was needed, from a baseball pitching machine to a robot that could fling a metal rimmed hat at a statue (a la James Bond).
So I will always be grateful to Grant for helping me along a path that has made me happier – I (and the rest of the world) will miss him.
Anything around your house you would like a have a robot do?