Intl. Notebook Jul 10 2017
THE $60 MAN
You, sir, are no Steve Austin.

Mike Power, aka the Atomic Man, originated with the Hasbro toy company in the mid-1970s as part of its G.I. Joe Adventure Team. Power was born disabled. He spent his life developing atomic parts for his body, including a leg that helped him run 200 miles per hour, an arm that lifted 10,000 pounds, an eye that could see through six feet of solid steel, and an atomic heart to help him handle all the exertion. As you have probably guessed, Hasbro created him as competition for Kenner's Six Million Dollar Man action figure, but this one was going for around sixty dollars. We've seen cheaper ones that come without a box.

Power was also low rent in the sense that he never had a television show like the Six Million Dollar Man, but Hasbro put out a comic, and those are collector's items today. There were actually two versions of Power. Here you see the British version, which was manufactured by Palitoy, and the main difference was Power's plastic hair was replaced by a flocked hairdo that looked like a white guy ’fro. Below you see what Power is packing under his jumpsuit (“Daddy, why doesn't he have a wiener?” “Well son, that's because Atomic Man had it cut off when he became what's called a eunuch. Bled like a pig, he did.”). You can see a couple more entries on vintage dolls
here and here. And if you're into futuristic toy ray guns, check here.

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Modern Pulp | Musiquarium Mar 8 2011
THE LIFE BIONIC
Woman on the verge of a service breakdown.

Let’s not debate it. Jamie Summers was the hottest partly mechanical woman ever to appear on television. Perhaps that has to do with the fact that she was one of the only partly mechanical woman to ever appear on television, but let’s not quibble. The series The Bionic Woman, starring Lindsay Wagner as a tennis pro-turned-spy who had assorted cybernetic body parts, ran on American television for three years from 1976 to 1978, and was syndicated for Japan starting in 1977. She was originally created as a sort of Bride of Frankenstein for Lee Majors’ popular ABC character Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man. At the end of a two-part episode Jamie Summers died, but the character had been so popular that a method was contrived for bringing her back from the dead. A year later—presto!—she had her own series on which she battled a sasquatch, got roughed up by Fembots, and malfunctioned a few times, all while searching for but never quite managing to find that special someone.The Bionic Woman spun off books, board games, and yes, even music, as evidenced by the 45 rpm record sleeve at top of the show’s theme song by Jerry Fielding. We checked out a few episodes of the show online, and let’s just say that while it hasn’t aged well in terms of fx or dramatic content (and it’s exactly the sort of thing our girlfriends laugh at because of all the high-waisted jeans, jumpsuits and feathered hair), there is a sort of sweetness to it all that’s hard (for us, anyway) to resist. Ah, the Cold War. It seems so quaint now. If you have the inclination and the spare time, you can see a clip here. 

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
July 23
1984—Miss America Resigns
Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America and was the first African American woman to win the prize, resigns her title after Penthouse magazine purchases and slates for publication a series of lesbian-themed nudes Williams had posed for when she was younger. After resigning she files a $500 million lawsuit against Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione but later drops the suit.
July 22
1992—Cocaine Baron Escapes Prison
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, imprisoned leader of the Medellin drug cartel, escapes from a posh Colombian jail known as La Catedral after he learns authorities intend to move him to a real prison. His taste of freedom doesn't last—he's killed in a shootout a year-and-a-half later.
July 21
1925—Jury Decides the Teaching of Evolution Is a Crime
In the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, American schoolteacher John Scopes is found guilty of violating the Butler Act, which forbids the teaching of evolution in schools. The sensational trial pits two great legal minds—William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow—against each other. Ultimately, Scopes and Darrow are destined to lose because the case rests on whether Scopes had violated the Act, not whether evolution is fact.
1969—First Humans Reach the Moon
Neil Armstrong and Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. become the first humans to walk on the moon. The third member of the mission, command module Pilot Michael Collins, remains in orbit in Apollo 11.
1972—Chaos in the Big Apple
In New York City, within a span of twenty-four hours, fifty-seven murders are committed.
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