Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Six Million Dollar Man

Sometimes I’m searching for one thing on the internet, and end up stumbling across something entirely different.

Take for example this morning. I was trying to find some fun advertisements from the 70s to share with you.

Like this:

You see, we had widescreen televisions in the 70s.

And ran across this:


Look familiar? If you’re around my age or older, you’ll recognize Steve Austin (played by actor Lee Majors) from the American television series ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, which ran from 1974 to 1978. It was about a former astronaut who was severely injured in an aircraft, and who was rebuilt in an operation that cost (you guessed it!) six million dollars. His right arm, both legs and left eye were replaced with "bionic" implants that enhanced his strength, speed and vision far above human norms. He used those abilities working for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent.



My two brothers and I never missed an episode, and I don’t think there was a kid I knew that didn’t love this show. Lee Majors was a pop culture icon during that period, and I had a huge crush on him. Hey, don’t judge me. I was only nine when ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ aired.

There were even toys available, because...you know...profits.

A spin-off series, The Bionic Woman, ran from 1976-78.

And just for nostalgia’s sake, here’s the show’s intro:



(Did you notice that even though he’s “...a man barely alive” after such a critical accident, his face is intact? Not even a scratch...)

Did any of you watch this?

27 comments:

  1. I used to watch re-runs of this show all the time as a child! Plus he's from right here in Kentucky. Can't wait until the movie comes out soon!

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    1. It was very popular back then, so I'm not surprised there were re-runs.

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  2. I suppose that was a "cutting edge" computer in photo #2, Martha? Don't know if you noticed the small print at the bottom of that TV ad... looks like "cabinet solid veneered wood": probably the height of chic in the 70's, when manufacturing technology was trying to put wood cabinetmakers out of business. They failed, thank goodness :)

    I missed out on the toys, as I was a teen in the SMDM/BW time frame, but I vaguely remember all the marketing that went on :)

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    1. Hahahaha...yes, it was quite 'cutting edge' for its time. It's a little corny now. I never had any of those toys, either; there's no way my parents would waste money like that! I hadn't noticed about the TV ad! You have quite the eagle eyes :)

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  3. Being much older than you Martha I missed this one but certainly knew it was on TV....it was everywhere in our 70's culture.
    And judging you?....No way! Perfectly understandable......I guess.

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    1. It was a really well-known show, so you'd have heard of it even if you didn't watch it!

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  4. Do I ever remember, loved the show and the spin-off the bionic woman loved it oh well what can you the 70's great shows some pretty stupid, hey just like today!!!!Mission Impossible wow ...Early Edition one of my fav 90's I guess ah so many it's so funny I love it, I know at one point he (LeeMajors)married the blond in Charlie's angels another good show...Iknow her name i just can't think of it ohoh senior moment ...I can see her hair flipping that was in fashion for a while .....oh yeah Farah Fawcett. (she died I think)...but later on married Brian O'Neal or am I forgetting his name too he plays in Bones now as Tempe's Dad

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    1. well he married her before she died, lol ah I'M all mixed up does anyone in this world remember Logan's run I think I'm imagining it 'cause no one knows it arrrgh

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    2. Yup, he was married to Farrah Fawcett for a few years. And you are again right about her death. She passed away in 2009 of cancer. Ryan O'Nea was the other husband you're thinking about. That's about all I know! Hahaha... Who can remember all the details of actors/actressess' lives? And who really cares?

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  5. Hi Martha! Oh yes, I enjoyed the 6M$ Man, and I was older than nine! I also enjoyed Charlie's Angels and was fascinated with the idea that Lee and Farrah were married! Today he'd probably be the Six Billion Dollar Man. Hope your Hump Day is going well!

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    1. Charlie's Angels was another big hit. I used to watch that, too.

      You are probably right! Today he'd be the Six Billion Dollar Man

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  6. Morning, Martha ;) ... I remember the show well and I remember Lee Majors ever more! He was Heath in The Big Valley ... verrrrrry lovely to look at. Do you remember his song from the Fall Guy?

    http://youtu.be/F4LX8PPMuOY

    well what a nice memory ... I liked him very much ...

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    1. I'd forgotten about the Fall Guy and this song! Hahaha... There is so much to reminisce about, isn't there? One can dedicate an entire blog to it.

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    1. Even if you didn't watch it, you had heard of it!

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  8. I do remember this show, I had forgotten how good-looking he was. Wasn't he married to Farrah Fawcett at one time?

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    1. Yup, they were married for a few years. A very popular couple at the time.

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  9. Oh, Lee Majors, he was so handsome and I watched and love that show.
    Really enjoyed this post, Martha.

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    1. He was quite the pop culture icon at the time! Glad you enjoyed, Margie.

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  10. a tv as big as the living room

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    1. Hahaha...yes, the entire thing was wide! Not just the screen :)

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  11. Never watched....think I was busy having kids!
    That tv is hilarious!
    Enjoy your evening....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. You needed a room just to fit that TV in! I never knew anyone with something like that, so I have no idea what it looked like in person.

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  12. Hahaha.. and there'd be that funny "slow motiony" sound whenever he did something bionic lol

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    1. Hahahahaha...yes! And we used to imitate that "slow motiony" sound as kids!

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  13. Okay, wow, that monstrosity for a tv set we never had. We had a tiny little black and white tv for the longest time. lol And I was right there with you! I never missed an episode of the six million dollar man. Though my parents and sister wished I had.

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    1. I don't know anyone that had a TV like that. Much too expensive. Most folks had a black and white when I was growing up. Even colour televisions took awhile to become the norm since they were so expensive when they were first introduced!

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