They don’t know it, but my kids are spoiled when it comes to media.
Thing 2 (the 5-year-old) is a pro when it comes to finding and streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet and onto the HDTV downstairs, and when we went to visit my parents in Kentucky last weekend, Thing 1 (the 11-year-old) rode shotgun and watched “iCarly” and 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap” on her iPod. (Oh, Lindsey, what happened?)
The Movie Viewer was like a ViewMaster for movies. You popped in a cartridge, looked through the eyepiece and turned a crank to watch a 60-second, Super 8mm-loop with scenes from “The Six Million Dollar Man.”
For anyone who doesn’t know, “The Six Million Dollar Man” was a TV show about an astronaut named Steve Austin, who loses both legs, an arm and an eye in a horrific plane crash. The government decides to rebuild him, to make him better than he was … better, stronger, faster.
According to The Bionic Wiki, the Movie Viewer came out in ’75. VCRs were out then but were crazy expensive, so this was really the only way a 9-year-old could watch “The Six Million Dollar Man” whenever he wanted.
Trust me. That was pretty cool at the time.