It's all over but the crying. Who can forget the bionic man? Remember the 1973 ABC TV series 'The Six Million Dollar Man'? "We can rebuild him - we have the technology. . . Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster." (OK, maybe I'm dating myself here, but stay with me.) He was the ultimate man - after all six million dollars was a fortune at that time and he was the best money could buy. No evil doer could get past him. The world was a safer place.
Well, my notions were shattered this morning when, while watching Morning Joe, I saw Lee Majors (aka the 6M$M) sitting in a wing chair, selling the new "bionic" hearing aide. (Yes, I saw it with my own eyes.) What has this world come to? What have we come to? He looked old - real old. Six million dollars was not enough to bring him into the 21st century.
But I had other heroes from the 70's. The Road Runner always beat Wile E. Coyote - every time (in spite of the devilist devices from the Acme Catalog Co.) And he has aged well. Heck, he now has a lucrative career advertising for Time-Warner. Unlike Lee Majors, the Road Runner is still on top of his game. Come to think of it, I'll stick with cartoon characters as my heroes - until they start hawking walkers and wheel chairs.