Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Steve Austin....a man barely alive

From 1974 to 78, Lee Majors played Colonel Steve Austin, a former astronaut and test pilot that had a bad fall.  All of the government's doctors and all the government's men tried to put him back together again.  Steve Austin emerged from the surgery with two bionic legs, a bionic arm and a bionic eye.  Because it was a government project, the bill for the surgery ended up costing six million dollars.  Now this is a lot of money even by today's standards - and that was back in 1974!  I am sure that if Steve had suffered the fall today, Obama would have denied any kind of surgery or special prosthesis, let alone bionics, but prescribe aspirin.  I guess it's a good thing Col. Austin had the kind of health care he had back then, and not Obamacare.  But I digress...

The Six Million Dollar Man was a made for TV movie that received such attention that it was made into a television series.  I must admit, as a kid, I watched the show regularly.  I did lose interest about the time Col. Austin hunted down Sasquatch and fought him hand to hand...bionic hand to hand to whatever.

Col. Steve Austin could run real fast with those two bionic legs of his.  So fast that the television cameras had to slow it down for us so we the viewer could see what all he was doing.  I am sure that this helped with the shows budget because you could spend half the show watching Col. Steve Austin run in slow motion which only took about two minutes to film and ten minutes to watch.  The fight scenes were the same way, slow motion.  So in real time, Steve could catch up with, and beat up the bad guy in about three minutes.  We the viewer got to see it all slowed down.  And who could forget the hi-tech sounds his bionic parts made when Col. Steve Austin was in action?  If I were a bad guy, and heard those beep-beep-beeps of Austin coming - I'd put the pedal to the medal and get the heck out of there.

I do feel kind of sorry for Steve, because in the end, he truly was handicapped.  Did he every have a successful relationship?  Did he ever get married?  I know that those bionic parts of his had to wreak havoc in his personal life.
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