Why MacGyver, Book II

I commented last week that MacGyver has unexpectedly become a major pop-culture icon; this week, legendary producer/huckster Dino De Laurentiis and his daughter Raffaella helpfully confirmed my statement by announcing that they’re making MacGyver into a feature film.

By the way, looking for some YouTube-related thing on MacGyver, I found this speech by the show’s creator, Lee Zlotoff, where he says that “I have been invited to speak to the Pentagon, and they have started to adopt those principles into a lot of their thinking.” Just so you know where the U.S. learned its counter-insurgency techniques.

(Anybody remember Mad Magazine’s introduction for their parody of De Laurentiis’s remake of King Kong, the one with Jessica Lange and Charles Grodin that was a lot more entertaining than the Peter Jackson version? “That lovable ape is back. We’re referring, of course, to Dino De Laurentiis.”)

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