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Who Remembers The Six Million Dollar Man?

I’m going to date myself with this post.

Who remembers the Six Million Dollar Man television show? It was one of my favorites. The show, which starred the handsome Lee Majors, ran from March 7, 1973, to March 6, 1978, on ABC.

The Hollywood News summarizes the show as follows: “Steve Austin is an astronaut who is seriously injured when his spaceship crashes. Handsome and athletic, Austin undergoes a government-sanctioned surgery, which rebuilds several of Steve’s body parts with machine parts, making him cyborg-like. When Steve recovers, his machine parts enable him to have superhuman strength and speed, as well as other powers. With these powers, Steve goes to work for the Office of Scientific Information, battling evil for the good of mankind.”

My brothers and I stayed up late to watch this show every week.

I remember the theme song. I remember the introduction at the beginning of the show: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better . . . stronger . . . faster.”

I wonder now what I found so compelling about The Six Million Dollar Man.

I think I liked that the show’s premise was ahead of its time. I mean, The Six Million Dollar Man was basically an earlier version of The Terminator. In addition, Steve’s superhuman powers were fantastic. He could run faster, lift heavier objects, and see farther than ordinary men. The idea of good versus evil always appealed to me. It is a constant in my books and characters. I have always loved science fiction. The show certainly had a little of that. Finally, The Six Million Dollar Man opened with something incredible—a spaceship crashing to earth and the person inside miraculously surviving.

My brothers had the Steve Austin doll. He was quite the charmer in his red jumpsuit. At least, my Barbie doll thought so. As soon as Steve showed up in our house, Barbie ditched Ken and got a new boyfriend. Steve Austin was way more interesting.

Most of all, I remember spending time with my family watching The Six Million Dollar Man. Those are special memories.

What was your favorite television show growing up? Why did you love it so much? What attracted you to it? Would you still find it appealing today? For me, the answer to the last question is a resounding yes.

Until next time.



Image courtesy of Mike Mozart (CC BY 2.0)

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