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From Wikipedia: The show is based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, and during pre-production, that was the proposed title of the series. ... Austin is severely injured in the crash and is “rebuilt” in a title-giving operation that costs at least six million dollars. His right arm, both legs and the left eye are replaced by "bionic" implants ...


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Did this choice of words reflect on social norms about those with physical disabilities at the time? "Before" he didn't have disabilities or injuries. "Before" he was an astronaut - in perfect health. "Better than he was before" is followed by "Better. Stronger. Faster" [Queue theme music] All it had to do with was the fact that he's got ...


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When The Six Million Dollar Man premiered (1973) in the United States had just ended its involvement in the Vietnam War. The US military was not held in high regards in many circles and having Austin be a veteran might have been seen as "problematic." The pilot seems to have done away with this by having Austin be a civilian test pilot who was the only ...



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