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"American Centurions"

While the folks at DSI would most assuredly like to keep news about the NAQZ to a bare minimum, a quirky game show filmed in July of 1985 surrounded the area with Hollywood hoopla. The program, sponsored by a subsidiary of Albright Motion Pictures' television studio, was supposed to be a mock-up of the NAQZ- as informed by reports from tabloids like the World Wide Tattler.

Contestants divvied up into six classes and "did battle" with the so-called "monsters" from the NAQZ. Many a mask-string and zippered suit were spotted, though, with backing by Albright Motion Pictures, the show was said to have some top-of-the-line Special F/X around their "Final Boss." That creature, a puppet the likes of which George Lucas and Jim Henson could be jealous of, was a many-eyed monstrosity right out of the pages of a Dungeons and Dragons book.

American Centurions Contestant Classes

Contestants tried to mug for the camera and gain the attentions of Sponsors from national companies like Phosphor Polytechnical, Deathbird Ale, Nozz-a-la Cola, and Zelos Shoes. A number of military contractors and private security companies were also in attendance, thanks to the first widespread, public debut of the P7 personal protection device. Some trade talk still implies that the entire brouhaha was to be a publicity stunt for the P7.

However, due to a number of mishaps on set, "American Centurions" never made it past its disastrous pilot taping. A broadcast of the show was edited down to a feel-good documentary that ran on ABS later in the summer. For all parties involved, the show's legacy is one that hopefully fades into the annals of TV obscurity.

Below, you can take a glimpse at promotional materials outlining the inspirations behind the program's aesthetics.


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