It's good to know that while the rest of my peers were learning multiplication or the value of farm work, I was embedded by a Hollywood producer's castoff idea, namely "What if we made a terrible cop show out of 'Tron'?" That show: Automan, which went on to puzzle millions of Americans in 1980 with its cut-rate special effects and Lamborghini Countach that could make 90-degree turns, throwing Desi Arnaz Jr.'s mug all over the window. This toadstool of entertainment has weathered in my head for decades, much as a more famous movie scene provided inspiration to Vizzini's comment on Tom Cruise's toying with an F1 car:
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