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April 23: This day in sci-fi history

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Zac Hug
Apr 23, 2017

Today is the birthday of Lee Majors, born on this day in 1939. Majors appeared on shows like The Fall Guy and The Big Valley, but was best known as The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1973, ABC aired three pilot movies and then the series, where Majors played Colonel Steve Austin, in whom the government implanted a bunch of undetectable technology. So, cyborg secret agent – what could go wrong? The show was a huge hit, and a spinoff was fired up in 1976 called The Bionic Woman. We watched a few episodes, and there are two obvious things of note: Theme music on television was way better in the '70s, and wow, plots moved a little bit slower. Still, this one is worth checking out in honor of Lee Majors. Or as he was referred to in The Fall Guy credits: the unknown stunt man who makes Eastwood look so fine.

Today also happens to be World Laboratory Day, a nerd holiday that marks all the great advancements and inventions that take place in a laboratory. In looking this up, we did stumble across this awesome article about the Best 10 Fictional Labs and spent a good deal of time enjoying that rabbit hole. We celebrate you, labs. May you keep churning out good science and groovy things, like cures and weather mapping.

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