Get Smart made a big impression on me as a kid. I loved the urgency of the surf-spy theme tune, the "scccchhhhwick!" of the slamming doors as Max Smart strode down the corridor in the title sequence, and how coolly deadpan Agent 99 was (and the fact that her actual name was "99").
But most of all, I loved the shoe phones. What a kooky idea: a portable telephone that you carried on your very person, allowing you to chat on the blower anywhere you went! Oh, the fun we had as children, pressing the soiled soles of our shoes to our cheeks as we pretended to be Max and 99.
Let's see the shoe phone in action:
Get Smart was not only 100% accurate about the future annoyance of public cell phone use, it also anticipated laptop computers. Dig the proto Apple wielded by the Groovy Guru in this illustration of not-so-subliminal manipulation through pop culture:
It's official: Get Smart creators Mel Brooks and Buck Henry were oracles of personal technology.