Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Six Million Dollar Man

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.

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