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Sep 4, 2017

The Six Million Dollar Man

"Run, Steve, Run" April 26, 1974 (Friday, 8:30pm)

Guests: Henry Jones (Chester Dolenz), Melissa Greene (Suzie Lund), George Murdock (Rossi), Mike Henry (Cliff Platt)

Writer: Lionel E. Siegal 

Director: Jerry Jameson

Synopsis: Steve is experiencing a series of odd accidents that require his use of bionics to save him.  The coincidences are too much for him and he flashes back to older cases until he comes to the conclusion that Dr. Chester Dolenz is setting him up for something.  He escapes to the country, but his troubles follow him.

John is joined in this discussion by author Dayton Ward. Plus, John also talks with actress Melissa Greene about her role as Susie Lund in the episode.  In addition, John offers a little historical and pop culture perspective of the day this episode aired. Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by writing director@theosifiles.com. 


OUR GUEST FOR THIS EPISODE

 

Melissa Greene is a full-time fiction writer, poet, and writing coach, devoted to bringing out the best in creative people. She studied writing at The Banff School of Fine arts, Williams College, and everywhere she's been in life. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, and her song lyrics performed by singers nationwide including singer/composer, Michael Feinstein. Her father was an Academy Award nominee for Best Song, and a comedy writer for The Red Skelton Show.

Fascinated with writing as a therapeutic tool, Melissa has been leading workshops since the 1980s, aiming to spark and support the creative spirit. She has a special interest in those who long to overcome self-doubt and write more freely. In reaction to 9/11, she created Write From The Heart Creative Writing Workshops to share her belief that writing, without fear, has the power to console, illuminate, and heal.

She teaches year-round group and private classes for adults, children and teens, collaborates with schools and therapists; and leads workshops for cancer patients and caregivers at the Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and the Penn State Cancer Institute at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. 


 OUR BIONIC OPERATIVE FOR THIS EPISODE

Dayton Ward is the author of numerous media tie-in fiction works in such realms as Star Trek and The 4400.  He is also the author of such original works as Counterstrike, The Last World War, Book 2 and The Genesis Protocol. When he's not writing or working for a software design firm, he's busy indoctrinating his two lovely daughters into the worlds that have so seriously warped his mind.

Feb 11, 2016

The Six Million Dollar Man

"Day of the Robot" February 8, 1974 (Friday, 8:30pm)

Guests: John Saxon (Fred Sloan/Robot, Henry Jones (Chester Dolenz), Lloyd Bochner (Gavern Wilson)

Writer: Del Resiman (teleplay), Harold Livingston (story) 

Director: Leslie H. Martinson

Synopsis: Steve must escort his friend, Fred Sloan to a demonstration of a missile defense system.  Along the way, Fred begins to act strange, exhibiting unusual strength.

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John is joined in this discussion he has openly admitted he doesn't like by Billy Flynn of Geek Radio Daily and Alex Green of The Six Million Dollar Blog.  In addition, John's guests are Rod DeLuca and David Lawson.  Rod recounts his hosting the most recent appearance of Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, and Richard Anderson at NostalgiaCon and David talks about collecting bionic memorabilia. In addition, John offers a little historical and pop culture perspective of the day this episode aired. Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by calling us at 844-OSI-FILE or by writing director@theosifiles.com. 


OUR GUESTS FOR THIS EPISODE

David Lawson - Long time fan.  Moderator of the Bionic Toy Action Page on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Fresno, CA and has lived in Sacramento for thirty years, Rod De Luca Jr. teaches English and coordinates the International Baccalaureate Programme at Laguna Creek High School. He is an avid fan of television and movies. He has ben a bionicsphile for forty years and is an active member in the Lindsay Wagner Fan Club. He runs the Bionic or Bust: Locations of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Bionicon 40.0 The 40th Anniversary of the Bionic Woman pages on Facebook. Rod will be appearing on future podcasts discussing various episodes of both shows.

 

 


 

OUR BIONIC OPERATIVES FOR THIS EPISODE

Bill Vernon, AKA "The Wonderful Billy Flynn" brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) on-air talent at WRAR Radio Station in Virginia. He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington and the Columbia School of Broadcasting. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!)

 

 

 

Alex Green was born in San Diego where he has lived his whole life, rarely venturing outside the safe confines of Southern California. Growing up, his parents tried to persuade him that the funny man running in slow motion on the television wasn't worth watching, but he knew better.  He knew much, much better. A lifelong fan of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Alex hadn't been an adult for very long (some would say he still isn't) when he started making several trips a month up to Los Angeles to attend toy and collectibles shows in order to amass a huge collection of Bionic memorabilia.  A vast collection that he no longer possesses due to an accident involving a pencil, a rabid weasel and a rapidly descending elevator (Actually, the advent of eBay in the late 90's took the thrill of the hunt out of it for him, so he gave it up). Currently working out of his modest two-bedroom apartment (or twelve-bedroom mansion as he refers to it when describing his digs to people who’ve never visited him at home), Alex is a free-lance web designer and the webmaster of The Six Million Dollar Blog. The newest Bionic site on the web except for all the others that have come after.  He hopes one day to meet his hero Lee Majors in person and his biggest regret in life is that he no longer fits into his Six Million Dollar Man jammies.

Sep 3, 2015

The Bionic Woman

"The Ghosthunter"

May 26, 1976

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Jaime is sent to act as the governess of the daughter of an OSI scientist.  She must also ensure that the sensor device he is working on his not tampered with by any outside forces.  The wrinkle is the outside force appears to be the dead wife and mother of the two who is jealous of Jaime.

John is joined by The Bionic Book author, Herbie J. Pilato and writer/producer Joel Eisenberg to discuss this first season ending episode of The Bionic Woman.  In addition, John's special guest is Bionic Woman creator and co-writer of the episode, Kenneth Johnson.  The two discuss the episode as well as Kenny's history as a producer and writer that lead up to The Bionic Woman.

In addition, John offers a little historical and pop culture perspective of the day this episode aired.

Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by calling us at 844-OSI-FILE or by writing director@theosifiles.com. 


OUR GUEST FOR THIS EPISODE

With his start as a producer of The Mike Douglas Show, Kenneth Johnson has had a long, impressive career as a producer, director, writer, and creator of many iconic television and movie characters.  From his "The Secret of Bigfoot" episode of The Six Million Dollar Man to his movies such as Steel and Short Circuit 2, Kenny has captured the imagination of many fans of genre television in a way that goes beyond the traditional storytelling process.  You can learn more about Kenny and his works by visiting his home page and by writing him.  (He really does reply.)


 

OUR BIONIC OPERATIVES FOR THIS EPISODE

Herbie J Pilato is a writer/producer who's worked for NBCUniversal, Syfy, A&E, Bravo; Warner Bros., and Sony, among other television networks, and studios. He is also the author of a number of media tie-in/pop-culture books, including Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, and The Bionic Book, which features original commentary from Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Harve Bennett, Kenneth Johnson, series creator (and sci-fi-novelist king Martin Caidin), and Richard Anderson (who wrote the Foreword). As the Founder of the Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive influence of classic TV programming), Herbie J offers TV & Self-Esteem Seminars to schools, colleges, community, senior and business centers around the country.  Each week he serves as host and moderator at the Barnes & Noble Media Center in Burbank, CA for Throwback Thursdays- one of L.A.'s most unique live events where, as he says, "the past and present TV, film, publishing, music and positive-thought communities mix, mingle and meet."  For more information about Throwback Thursdays, the Classic TV Preservation Society, or any of Herbie J's books, email: classictvps@gmail.com or visit:  www.classictvps.blogspot.com.    

 

 

 

 

Joel Eisenberg is a writer and producer whose new book series, “The Chronicles of Ara”, an epic 8-volume fantasy saga written with Stephen Hillard, has been released to rave reviews by Incorgnito Publishing’s Topos Books imprint. Joel is a partner in Eisenberg-Fisher Productions and former head of EMO Films@Paramount Studios, feature film production companies. He is the co-founder of All Cities Media, an entertainment industry networking group. His events have been hosted by Warner Brothers, Paramount Studios, Sunset-Gower Studios and the Law Offices of Greenberg-Traurig, among others. Feature projects include “Unreleased” and “April Showers”, the latter based on the Columbine school shootings scenario. “January Rain” and “Assassin and Son” are presently in development, as is a new television version of an old horror comic book favorite (to be “re-announced” shortly). Joel is the writer of several award-winning independent feature films and producer of a slate of past and upcoming feature and television projects including “Mirkwood,” based on the amazon.com bestseller and the aforementioned “The Chronicles of Ara” fantasy novel series. In early 2007, Joel was fortunate to have received substantial international publicity by locating, identifying, organizing and archiving a long-considered lost handwritten John Steinbeck archive, collectively valued at nearly $1 million. Author: “How to Survive a Day Job,” “Championship Networking,” “The Mirkwood Codex” (upcoming). Contributor: “Tales of the Dead” and numerous others. Learn more about Joel and his works by visiting his website.

Aug 7, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man

"Doomsday, and Counting"

March 1, 1974

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Steve tries to help his Russian cosmonaut friend, Vasily (Gary Collins), when a earthquake disrupts a remote Russian base.   Vasilly's fiance is trapped beneath the surface and only the power of a bionic man can save her.

John is joined in the first episode of this new podcast series by fans Eric Cone and Davis Lawson to discuss the episode.  In addition, John's guest is actor Jane Merrow who played Irina, the fiance of Vasily.  They discuss the episode as well as the state of television production today compared to how it was back in 1974.

In addition, John offers a little historical and pop culture perspective of the day this episode aired.

Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by calling us at 844-OSI-FILE or by writing director@theosifiles.com. 


OUR GUEST FOR THIS EPISODE

From Jane Merrow's website - "I have been acting since I was 8 years old, showing off at any opportunity (all actors are show offs, let them not tell you any differently) However I couldn’t start calling myself a professional until 1960, when I started earning my livelihood at it, with my first job as an ASM and understudy in the Lillian Hellman play TOYS IN THE ATTIC, directed by the talented, irascible John Dexter, who told me that the only reason he hired me, was because he could hear me, not true of my contemporaries, according to him. 

Suffice it to say, I have been quite successful as an actor, and able to support myself reasonably well along the way. I loved my career, love my career and will keep at it as long as I am physically and mentally able!

I am not planning to lay out my entire career and life here, I will do that over the life of this site and hope it keeps your interest. Suffice it to say, I have been quite successful as an actor, and able to support myself reasonably well along the way. I loved my career, love my career and will keep at it as long as I am physically and mentally able! Born in England of a German refugee father and an English mother, both artistic, both wonderful, but not with each other, I have divided my life pretty equally between the US and the UK, having had or acquired family in both countries along the way. I have received a few awards, including a Golden Globe nomination and had some nice comments about my work and a few miserable ones. So that’s me for a start."


 

OUR BIONIC OPERATIVES FOR THIS EPISODE

Eric Cone - Long time bionic fan, he can remember watching the pilot episode with his father.  Was recently reunited with his Steve Austin "Action Figure" and is a much happier man for it.

 

 

 

 

David Lawson - Long time fan.  Moderator of the Bionic Toy Action Page on Facebook.

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