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Before there was Johnny-5

Before there was Johnny 5 or Short Circuit, there was PAL. Eric Allard, (J5's creator), created PAL, which bears a remarkable resemblance to J5. In 1987 there was a short-lived TV series called "The Wizard", and in one of the final episodes, H.E.N.R.I. VIII is accused of murder. HENRI is actually PAL slightly modified. The story pretty much bites, but there is lots of great footage of PAL from every angle. The design was actually patented, http://danefield.com/alpha/forums/topic/10890-1987-patent-for-pal-henri-8-robot/

I recorded this episode on Betamax and edited it down and finally burned it to a DVD. I also captured a bunch of stills from the video. Since it was a network series, I don't think YouTube will let me post it:-(




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