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Friday, March 27, 2015

27 March 2015

Birthdays
Holliday Grainger b. 1988 (Demons, Merlin, Roger and the Rottentrolls)
Brenda Song b. 1988 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Phil of the Future, The Nightmare Room)
Emily Ann Lloyd b. 1984 (Early Edition, Apollo 13)
Jason Narvy b. 1974 (Power Rangers)
Nathan Fillion b. 1971 (Thrilling Adventure Hour Live, The Big Bang Theory, Neil’s Puppet Dreams, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Guild, The Venture Bros., Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Lost, Slither, Serenity, Firefly, Buffy, Dracula 2000)
Elizabeth Mitchell b. 1970 (Once Upon a Time, Revolution, V, Lost, Frequency)
Pauley Perrette b. 1969 (The Singularity Is Near, Satan Hates You, The Ring, Dead Last, Early Edition)
Kevin Corrigan b. 1969 (Fringe, Superboy, The Exorcist III)
Sandra Hess b. 1968 (Sliders, Highlander [TV], Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Beastmaster: The Eye of Braxus, Lois & Clark, SeaQuest 2032)
Talisa Soto b. 1967 (Elysium, Island of the Dead, Mortal Kombat)
Martin Weisz b. 1966 (director, The Hills Have Eyes II)
Quentin Tarantino b. 1963 (screenwriter, From Dusk Till Dawn)
Jeff Griggs b. 1963 (Power Rangers Time Force, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Babylon 5)
Adrian Rawlins b. 1958 (Harry Potter, Doctor Who)
Caroline Williams b. 1957 (Seed 2, Halloween II, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, They Came from Outer Space, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)
Bairbre Dowling b. 1953 (Star Trek: Voyager, Zardoz)
Michael York b. 1942 (Megiddo: The Omega Code, One Hell of a Guy, Dark Planet, Babylon 5, SeaQuest 2032, Not of this Earth, TekWar: TekLab, Space, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Logan’s Run)
Austin Pendleton b. 1940 (Wishcraft, Tales from the Crypt, Alice in Wonderland [1983], Simon)
June Wilkinson b. 1940 (Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie, Batman[TV])
Julian Glover b. 1935 (Game of Thrones, Atlantis [TV], Alien Uprising, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Empire Strikes Back, Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Space: 1999, Five Million Miles to Earth)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. b. 1923 died 28 March 2014 (writer, Flash Gordon, King Kong, Batman [TV], The Green Hornet)
Dick King-Smith b. 1922 died 4 January 2011 (author, The Sheep-Pig)
Richard Denning b. 1914 died 11 October 1998 (Alice Through the Looking Glass [1966 TV], Creature with the Atom Brain, Target Earth, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Black Scorpion)
Carl Barks b. 1901 died 25 August 2000 (author, Scrooge McDuck, Gyro Gearloose)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot was graced by Nathan Fillion and Michael York.  This year, it was a toss-up between Carl Barks, who gets my vote as the greatest writer of comic book adventure stories ever, and the winner, Julian Glover. Glover played Richard the Lionheart on Doctor Who, Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones and is pictured here as General Veers from The Empire Strikes Back. For an Oh That Guy, that's a heck of a lot of iconic.

2. A Canadian amongst us. Nathan Fillion is allowed to walk the streets of this great land of ours as free and easy as you please, despite the lowly circumstances of his birth in another (and therefore inferior) country placed by God north of ours, where there is only bitter cold and giant mosquitoes.

3. MST3K. The only one I'm sure of is Richard Denning in The Black Scorpion.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movie released
Monsters Vs. Aliens released, 2009  
 
Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: The stories the growing girl now prefers, and I imagine will in the future still prefer, deal mainly with the rich and free; the theatre she will prefer to visit will present the lives and loves of opulent people with great precision and detailed correctness; her favorite periodicals will reflect that life.

Reality: Just in case you got upset with H.G. Wells, bigot and totalitarian, meet H.G. Wells, mansplainer. Reading the entire passage from which this paragraph is taken, it's pretty clear Wells looked down on young women because they didn't buy H.G. Wells novels. Imagine his surprise at the success of young adult novels about sparkly vampires and cute girls who are really good with a bow and arrow.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

It's Saturday and 1893 beckons to us.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

26 March 2015

Birthdays
Haley Ramm b. 1992 (X-Men: The Last Stand, Ben 10: Race Against Time)
Sterling Sulieman b. 1984 (In Time, The Vampire Diaries)
Keira Knightley b. 1985 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Never Let Me Go, Pirates of the Caribbean, Neverland, Star Wars: Episode I – The One we Don’t Talk About)
Luke Ford b. 1981 (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Hercules [2005])
Bianca Kajlich b. 1977 (Halloween Resurrection)
Amy Smart b. 1976 (Dead Awake, The Butterfly Effect, Starship Troopers)
Francis Lawrence b. 1971 (director, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Constantine, I Am Legend)
Jonathan Glazer b. 1965 (director, Under the Skin)
Ed Wasser b. 1964 (Babylon 5, Sliders, Quantum Leap)
Marita Geraghty b. 1962 (Charmed, Groundhog Day, Hard Time on Planet Earth)
Jennifer Grey b. 1960 (In Your Eyes)
Deke Anderson b. 1959 (Doll Factory, Green Lantern, Army of Darkness, The Bite, The Hidden)
Robert Shields b. 1951 (Wonder Woman)
Martin Short b. 1950 (Prince Charming, Alice in Wonderland [1999 TV], Merlin, Mars Attacks!, Maniac Mansion, Innerspace)
Johnny Crawford b, 1946 (The Thirteenth Floor, Village of the Giants, The Space Children)
James Caan b. 1940 (Elf, The Lathe of Heaven, Alien Nation, Rollerball, Slither)
Phillip R. Allen b. 1939 died 1 March 2012 (Out of this World, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Mork & Mindy, Dark Shadows)
Alan Arkin b. 1934 (Gattaca, The Rocketeer, Edward Scissorhands, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Return of Captain Invincible, Simon, The Monitors)
Luke Askew b. 1932 died 29 March 2012 (The 4400, The Warrior and the Sorceress, Automan, Knight Rider, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Greatest American Hero, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Leonard Nimoy b. 1931 died 27 February 2015 (Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Futurama, Brave New World, The Lost World, The Outer Limits, Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978], Twilight Zone, Them!, Zombies of the Stratosphere)
Ed Hinton b. 1919 died 12 October 1958 (Adventures of Superman, Captain Midnight, Red Planet Mars )
Strother Martin b. 1919 died 1 August 1980 (Sssssss, The Invaders, Lost in Space, Twilight Zone, World Without End, The Magnetic Monster)
Ed Peck b. 1917 died 12 September 1992 (Mork & Mindy, The Incredible Hulk, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Land of the Giants, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, The Invaders)
Sterling Hayden b. 1916 died 23 May 1986 (Venom, The Last Days of Man on Earth, The Starlost)
Edward Bellamy b. 1850 died 22 May 1898 (author, Looking Backward, 2000-1887)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. As with William Shatner earlier this week, Leonard Nimoy had possession of The Picture Slot in both 2013 and 2014. Of course, Nimoy had a Never to be Forgotten post late last month as well. The list has several other choices available, though none of them is as important to genre as Nimoy was. For me, the choices were between Ed Wasser as Mr. Morden from Babylon 5, Keira Knightley from Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Crawford from Village of the Giants and the winner, James Caan as Jonathan E. in Rollerball.

2. Spot the Canadians! Most of the original cast of SCTV were Canadian (not Joe Flaherty or Andrea Martin), so Martin Short should be easy to spot. Knowing Luke Ford is Canadian pretty much proves you are a relative of Luke Ford.

3. MST3K. Village of the Giants was on MST3K, the last episode that featured TV's Frank. I did not have a picture of Johnny Crawford riding Joy Harmon's giant breasts in the Picture Slot today, which is more restraint than I usually show. I will monitor myself for the rest of the day for other uncharacteristic behavior. Crawford was also in The Space Children, as regular commenter Zombie Rotten McDonald kindly pointed out.

4. Nepotism FTW. Jennifer Grey is the daughter of Joel Grey.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movie released
 How to Train Your Dragon released, 2010

Predictor: Sir Compton Domville, (1842-1924), speaking in 1914

Prediction: (Arthur Conan Doyle's story Danger! is) “improbable and more like one of Jules Verne’s stories…”

Reality: Doyle predicted a submarine blockade of the British Isles in a war against a fictitious country Norland. The real submarine blockade of Great Britain during World War I by the Germans was responsible for the sinking of the Lusitania, which brought the United States into the war.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

It's H.G. Wells' turn once again.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

25 March 2015

Birthdays
Elizabeth Lail b. 1992 (Once Upon a Time)
Seychelle Gabriel b. 1991 (Falling Skies, The Last Airbender, The Spirit)
Kiowa Gordon b. 1990 (Twilight Saga)
Aly Michalka b. 1989 (iZombie, Phil of the Future)
Erik Knudsen b. 1988 (Continuum, Beastly, Jericho, Saw II)
Sean Faris b. 1982 (Supernatural, Free Runner, The Vampire Diaries, Ghost Machine, Smallville)
Lee Pace b. 1979 (The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Falls, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls)
Edgar Ramirez b. 1977 (Wrath of the Titans)
Lark Voorhies b. 1974 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Small Wonder)
Laz Alonzo b. 1974 (Avatar, Constantine [2005])
Kari Matchett b. 1970 (Invasion, Plague City: SARS in Toronto, Wonderfalls, Cube, Cube2, Earth: Final Conflict, Poltergeist: The Legacy, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Forever Knight)
Chip Joslin b. 1967 (Humans vs Zombies)
Sarah Jessica Parker b. 1965 (Mars Attacks, Hocus Pocus)
Brenda Strong b. 1960 (Starship Troopers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Craft, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spaceballs, Misfits of Science)
Peter O’Brien b. 1960 (Doctor Who, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America, Relic Hunter, The Lost World, Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord, Time Trax)
Mary Gross b. 1953 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Lois & Clark)
Robert O’Reilly b. 1950 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, The Mask, The Flash [1991], Max Headroom, Knight Rider, Otherworld, Manimal. Voyagers!, The Incredible Hulk)
Bonnie Bedelia b. 1948 (Flowers for Algernon [2000], Needful Things, The Boy Who Could Fly, Salem’s Lot)
Richard O’Brien b. 1942 (Elvira’s Haunted Hills, Dungeons & Dragons, Dark City, Flash Gordon, Shock Treatment, The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
D.C. Fontana b. 1939 (writer, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Logan’s Run [TV], The Six Million Dollar Man)
Hoyt Axton b. 1938 died 26 October 1999 (Space Case, Gremlins, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Bionic Woman, I Dream of Jeannie)
Sylvia Anderson b. 1937 (writer, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons from Mars, Space:1999, UFO, Joe 90, Stingray, Fireball XL5, Supercar)
James Lovell b. 1928 (astronaut, twice to the moon, never stood on it)
Roberts Blossom b. 1924 died 8 July 2011 (The Twilight Zone [1985 and 1987], Tales from the Darkside, Amazing Stories, Resurrection, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Slaughterhouse-Five)
Patrick Troughton b. 1920 died 28 March 1987 (Super Gran, The Omen, A Hitch in Time, Space: 1999, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Out of the Unknown, Scars of Dracula, The Gorgon, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
Jean Rogers b. 1916 died 24 February 1991 (Flash Gordon [1936])
Dan White b. 1908 died 7 July 1980 (Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, Twilight Zone, Attack of the Giant Leeches, Adventures of Superman)
Ed Begley b. 1901 died 28 April 1970 (The Dunwich Horror, The Invaders, Out of the Unknown)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Star Trek  writer D.C. Fontana and astronaut Jim Lovell. This year it was a toss-up between Robert O'Reilly as Gowron on Star Trek, Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor and the winner, Richard O'Brien as Riff-Raff from Rocky Horror, based on the play O'Brien wrote. Actor/singer/playwright is a hard triple threat to beat.

2. Canadians pre-spotted for your protection. Kari Matchett and Erik Knudsen were born north of the border. However, Sean Faris has the Supernatural/Smallville daily double and was born in the U.S. I could find no mention of his living in Canada.

3. MST3K. Dan White was in the Attack of the Giant Leeches and two features produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson also got the treatment, Invaders of the Deep and Cosmic Princess. The Mole People in Deep 13 were named Gerry and Sylvia, an obvious homage.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: George Sutherland in 20th Century Inventions, published in 1901

Prediction: The example of the cheap watch industry may be cited to convey an idea of the immensely important revolution which will take place in the production of both small and large prime-motors when all the possibilities of electrotyping, casting, and stamping the various wearing parts true to shape and size have been fully exploited. An accurate timekeeper is now practically within the reach of all; and in the twentieth century no one who requires a small prime motor to do the rough work about home or farm will be compelled to do without it by reason of poverty--unless, perhaps, he is absolutely destitute and a fit subject for public charity.

Reality: Henry Ford is credited with the big assembly line breakthroughs in 1908, so this counts as a generally correct prediction for Sutherland, though in general he thought the internal combustion engine had too many mechanical challenges to be the final big winner in the production of cheap energy.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

It's another one of those days when the Picture Slot choice seems obvious if iconic is our primary criterion. Will I mix it up this year? To find out... 

Join us tomorrow... IN THE FUTURE!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

24 March 2015

Birthdays
Keisha Castle-Hughes b. 1990 (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Vampire, Legend of the Seeker, The Almighty Johnsons, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith)
Finn Jones b. 1988 (Game of Thrones, The Sarah Jane Adventures)
Nick Lashaway b. 1988 (In Time, The X Files)
Jeremy James Kissner b. 1985 (Brotherhood of Blood, A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
Sam Daly b. 1984 (Astronaut Wives Club)
Philip Winchester b. 1981 (Camelot, Fringe, Warehouse 13, Solomon Kane, Thunderbirds [2004])
Alison MacInnis b. 1980 (Power Rangers, Bewitched [movie], Tremors [TV])
Jud Tylor b. 1979 (Supernatural, Smallville, Andromeda)
Lake Bell b. 1979 (Surface)
Amanda Brugel b. 1978 (Orphan Black, Dark Matter, Warehouse 13, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Jason X, A Diva’s Christmas Carol)
Jessica Chastain b. 1977 (The Martian, Interstellar, Journeyman, Dark Shadows [2005])
Olivia Burnette b. 1977 (Jekyll Island, Quantum Leap)
Michelle Harrison b. 1975 (The Flash, Continuum, SGU Stargate Universe, Supernatural, Eureka, V, Fringe, The Invisible, Andromeda, Paycheck, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The YV Show, Poltergeist: The Legacy)
Alyson Hannigan b. 1974 (Buffy, Angel, Dead Man on Campus, Free Spirit, My Stepmother is an Alien)
Jim Parsons b. 1973 (The Big Bang Theory)
Charlie Creed-Miles b. 1972 (The Frankenstein Chronicles, The Fifth Element)
Gabriel Olds b. 1972 (The Event, Surrogates, Heroes, Charmed)
Megyn Price b. 1971 (Quantum Leap)
Lara Flynn Boyle b. 1970 (Hansel & Gretel Get Baked, Men in Black II, The Hidden Room, Poltergeist III, Amerika)
Kelly LeBrock b. 1960 (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice [2002], Weird Science)
Robert Carradine b. 1954 (Sharktopus vs. Petracuda, The Terror Experiment, Attack of the Sabertooth, Ghosts of Mars, Lycanthrope, Scorpio One, Dark Skies, Humanoids from the Deep, Escape from L.A., Lois & Clark, Birds of Prey, The Tommyknockers, Deadly Nightmares, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Twilight Zone [1986])
Kim Johnston Ulrich b. 1955 (Supernatural, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Rumplestiltskin, Highlander [TV], Lois and Clark, Werewolf [TV], The Charmings)
Patrick Malahide b. 1945 (Game of Thrones)
R. Lee Ermey b. 1944 (The Watch, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, Jericho, Starship Troopers, The Frighteners, The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond, Tales from the Crypt, Body Snatchers [1993], Toy Soldiers, The Terror Within II, Deathstone, The Rift, Up from the Depths)
Lynn Borden b. 1937 died 3 March 2015 (Frogs)
William Smith b. 1933 (The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Boy with Green Hair, Atlantis the Lost Continent, Batman, I Dream of Jeannie, Piranha, Invasion of the Bee Girls, The Six Million Dollar Man, Planet of the Apes [TV], Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Logan’s Run [TV], Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Conan the Barbarian, Hell Comes to Frogtown… and more third rate crap than you can shake a stick at)
Steve McQueen b. 1930 died 7 November 1980 (The Blob)
Norman Fell b. 1924 died 14 December 1998 (C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud, Out of this World, Twilight Zone [1986], Transylvania 6-5000, The Bionic Woman, The Invaders, Bewitched)
Murray Hamilton b. 1923 died 1 September 1986 (Whoops Apocalypse, The Amityville Horror, Damnation Alley, The Invaders, Way Out, Twilight Zone)
Gene Nelson b. 1920 died 16 September 1996 (director, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie)
Martin Kosleck b. 1904 died 15 January 1994 (Batman, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Flesh Eaters, She Wolf of London, The Mummy’s Curse)
Ub Iwerks b. 1901 died 7 July 1971 (visual effects, Mary Poppins, The Birds, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Song of the South)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot was occupied by Alyson Hannigan and Jim Parsons. There are plenty of other choices available that count as iconic, but again the Games of Thrones bug has gotten to me and I'm using Keisha Castle-Hughes as one of the Sand Snakes. It's hard to call her role iconic since she won't show up until this season, but the Sand Snakes were interesting characters in the book and I hope the show will do them justice as well.

2. Spot the Canadians. There are three and they were all born in the 1970s. Knock yourself out.

3. Nepotism FTW. Robert Carradine is of course a member of the Carradine clan.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: John Langdon-Davies in the 1936 book A Short History of the Future

Prediction: By 1960 work will be limited to three hours a day.

Reality: From what I've seen in my lifetime, that's about the average amount of work that actually gets done, but companies still make you hang around for eight.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another look at future technology from George Sutherland in 1901.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

Monday, March 23, 2015

23 March 2015

 Birthdays
Vanessa Morgan b. 1992 (My Babysitter’s a Vampire)
Steven Strait b. 1986 (10,000 BC, Sky High, The Covenant)
Anastasia Griffith b. 1978 (Once Upon a Time)
Nicholle Tom b. b. 1978 (Gotham, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [2006], Welcome to Paradox)
Michelle Monaghan b. 1976 (Source Code)
Keri Russell b. 1976 (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dark Skies, Honey I Blew Up the Kid)
Jaume Collet-Serra b. 1974 (House of Wax [2005])
Melissa Errico b. 1970 (Frequency)
Marin Hinkle b. 1966 (The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Quarantine, Frequency)
Sarah Buxton b. 1965 (Freddy’s Nightmares, Otherworld)
Hope Davis b. 1964 (Real Steel, Flatliners)
John Pinnette b. 1964 died 5 April 2014 (The Punisher)
Jason Schombing b. 1963 (Supernatural, Alice [2009], Watchmen, Smallville, Tin Man, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Fantastic Four, Mutant X, Seven Days, Stargate SG-1, The New Addams Family, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, NightMan, Early Edition, Timecop, The X Files, I Still Dream of Jeannie)
Jenny Wright b. 1962 (Enchanted, The Lawnmower Man, Near Dark)
Charlene Ferenetz b. 1960 (Sabrina the Teenage Witch [Movie and TV], Mann & Machine)
Catherine Keener b. 1959 (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malkovich, S1m0ne)
Amanda Plummer b. 1957 (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Vampire, Battlestar Galactica, The Vampyre Wars, Dark Skies, The Prophecy, Needful Things, Freejack, The Hidden Room, Tales from the Crypt)
Teresa Ganzel b. 1957 (Hexed, They Came from Outer Space, The Charmings, The Twilight Zone [1986], Transylvania 6-5000)
Sal Lizard b. 1955 (Young Blood: Evil Intentions, Hillbilly Bob Zombie, I Am Legend [2007])
Kim Stanley Robinson b. 1952 (won the 1993 Nebula for Red Mars, 1994 Hugo for Green Mars, 1997 Nebula for Blue Mars, 2012 Nebula for 2312)
John William Young b. 1951 (Frankenstein General Hospital)
Barbara Rhoades b. 1947 (Quark, Tabitha, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Ghost Busters [1975], Far Out Space Nuts, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Scream Blacula Scream, Bewitched)
Terry Alexander b. 1947 (Day of the Dead, Salvage 1, The Werewolf of Washington)
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough b. 1947 (won the 1990 Nebula for The Healer’s War)
Tony Burton b. 1937 (Poltergeist: The Legacy, Hook, The Shining, The Incredible Hulk, Gemini Man, The Invisible Man)
Kenneth Tobey b. 1917 died 22 December 2002 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace, The Twilight Zone [1986], Gremlins, Strange Invaders, The Howling, Galactica 1980, The Vampire, It Came from Beneath the Sea, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Thing from Another World)
Joan Crawford b. 1905 died 10 May 1977 (The Sixth Sense [1972], Trog, Night Gallery)
H. Beam Piper b. 1904 died 11 November 1964 (author, Little Fuzzy, Flight from Tomorrow)
Philip Ober b. 1902 died 13 September 1982 (I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, The Brass Bottle, Twilight Zone)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Michelle Monaghan, certainly fabulous but questionably iconic in genre, and Kenneth Tobey, who showed up in several 1950s monster movies. While we have an honest to Odin movie star in Joan Crawford, I think the writers on the list today are more iconic than the actors, so the Picture Slot goes to the three Mars books of Kim Stanley Robinson, each of which won either a Nebula or a Hugo, a rare feat for a trilogy. For example, George R.R. Martin currently has a total of... let me check... ZERO Hugos and ZERO Nebulas for the first five books of the Song of Ice and Fire.

2. Canadians, true and false. If you followed the standard operating procedure for Canadian spotting, the obvious choice is Jason Schombing, but he was born in Philadelphia and I can find no independent confirmation that he moved to Canada, though it certainly looks like he did. The native Canadians are Charlene Ferenetz and Vanessa Morgan, but their nationality is not made clear by their credit lists.

3. Nepotism FTW. Amanda Plummer is the daughter of Christopher Plummer, a Canadian, and Tammy Grimes, a Yank. Amanda was born in New York City and there is no sign of her claiming dual citizenship.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Movie released
The Hunger Games released, 2012

 Predictor: The OMNI Future Almanac, published in 1982

Prediction: In the future, plants that stand in a farm field will be only one part of a carefully controlled agricultural chain. The husks will be used after harvest to make gasohol to run the machines that preserve the harvested crop. The water that nourished the plants will be carefully recaptured and used again the next season. Nutrients lacking in the soils will be provided by farmers growing genetically engineered plants in the off season that spew the need nutrients from their roots into the soil. The future farmer will be the model of efficiency and his farm a self-contained eco-system.


Reality: It's a little odd to read such a pro-environment prediction that speaks well of genetically engineered plants, but it was written thirty three years ago when there were more pro-science environmentalist types than there are today. According to the best information we have here in drought-stricken California, the modern farm is hardly self-contained and they want their water NOW and FUCK ALL THE REST OF YOU!

I may be paraphrasing.


Never to be Forgotten: Gregory Walcott 1928-2015 Gregory Walcott, who died this week at the age of 87, had 114 credits, both film and TV, starting in the 1950s and continuing through the 1990s. One of his luckiest breaks was to catch the eye of Clint Eastwood, who cast Walcott as the foil to Eastwood the star, destined of course to fail, regardless of whether Clint was the good guy or the bad guy. But as Walcott well knew and his obituaries prove, he is best remembered for being in Plan Nine from Outer Space, incorrectly billed as the Worst Film Ever Made. Fans of MST3K can likely name five films just as bad or worse, from Manos: The Hands of Fate to Red Zone Cuba, with a few Gamera films thrown in for good measure.

Several of the other actors had next to no career after Plan Nine, some because of actual death and others merely career death, but Walcott's career was unscathed by appearing in this turkey, as was Lyle Talbott's. (Note: I am not saying Plan Nine is good, I just question its ranking as the worst.) Walcott's other appearance in genre include  House II: Second Story, The Six Million Dollar Man, Land of the Lost, Gemini Man and The Invisible Man [1975].

Best wishes to the family and friends of Gregory Walcott, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.


Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another prediction from John Langdon-Davies 1936 book A Brief History of the Future.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

22 March 2015

Birthdays
Tania Raymonde b. 1988 (The Last Ship, Big Bang Theory, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Lost)
Katie Stuart b. 1985 (The Returned, The 100, Supernatural, Dead Like Me, A Wrinkle in Time, X-Men 2, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Stargate SG-1, The Sentinel, Poltergeist: The Legacy)
Lizzie Brochere b. 1985 (American Horror Story)
Shawn-Caulin Young b. 1982 (Thor, The Wizards of Waverly Place, The Invisible Man [2001])
Kandyse McClure b. 1980 (Haven, Hemlock Grove, Alphas, Children of the Corn, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Andromeda, Jake 2.0, Jeremiah, Dark Angel, Level 9)
Reese Witherspoon b. 1976 (Little Nicky)
Shelley Longworth b. 1976 (Vampire Academy)
Anne Dudek b. 1975 (Grimm, Invasion, Charmed)
Cole Hauser b. 1975 (Transcendence, Pitch Black)
Shawn Bradley b. 1972 (Space Jam)
Will Yun Lee b. 1971 (True Blood, The Wolverine, Total Recall [2012], Bionic Woman [2007], Fallen, Elektra, Witchblade, Brimstone)
Keegan-Michael Key b. 1971 (Tomorrowland)
Eric Bruskotter b. 1966 (Angel, Starship Troopers, Quantum Leap, Not Quite Human II, War of the Worlds, Amazing Stories)
Samantha Robson b. 1966 (Red Dwarf)
Steve Toussaint b. 1965 (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Judge Dredd)
Mel Fair b. 1964 (Super 8, True Blood, Showdown at Area 51, Halloween [2007], Charmed, Buffy)
Adrien Dorval b. 1963 (Twilight Saga: New Moon, Painkiller Jane, Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica, The Chronicles of Riddick, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Crow, Stairway to Heaven, NightMan, Millennium, Highlander [TV], The Neverending Story III)
Matthew Modine b. 1959 (CAT. 8, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story)
Lena Olin b. 1955 (Queen of the Damned, The Ninth Gate, Mystery Men)
Mary Tamm b. 1950 died 26 July 2012 (Doctor Who)
James Patterson b. 1947 (author, Daniel X, Witch & Wizard)
Carter Wong b. 1947 (Big Trouble in Little China)
Eileen Wesson b. 1947 (They Live, Mr. Terrific)
Eric Roth b. 1945 (writer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Postman, Wolfen)
Jeremy Clyde b. 1941 (The Worst Witch, Deadly Nightmares, Supernatural [1977], Batman)
Bruno Ganz b. 1941 (Wings of Desire, Nosferatu the Vampyre)
M. Emmet Walsh b. 1935 (The X-Files, Wilder Napalm, The Flash, Harry and the Hendersons, Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Blade Runner, Escape from the Planet of the Apes)
Larry Martyn b. 1934 died 7 August 1994 (Omen III: The Final Conflict)
William Shatner b. 1931 (A Christmas Horror Story, Horrorween,Star Trek, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Perversions of Science, TekWar, SeaQuest 2032, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mork & Mindy, Kingdom of the Spiders, The Devil’s Rain, The Sixth Sense [1972], The People, Incubus, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Stephen Sondheim b. 1930 (composer, Into the Woods)
Karl Hardman b. 1927 died 22 September 2007 (Night of the Living Dead [1968])
Marcel Marceau b. 1923 died 22 September 2007 (Barbarella)
Ross Martin b. 1920 died 3 July 1981 (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Wonder Woman, The Invisible Man, The Immortal, Twilight Zone, The Colossus of New York, Johnny Jupiter)
Werner Klemperer b. 1920 died 6 December 2000 (Tabitha, Batman, Lost in Space)
Karl Malden b. 1912 died 1 July 2009 (Alice in Wonderland [1985], Meteor)
Joseph Schildkraut b. 1896 died 11 January 1964 (Twilight Zone)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In the Picture Slot in 2013 and 2014 were William Shatner and... William Shatner. Before I did today's research, I didn't think there was anyone else who qualified as iconic. Reader James Marshall VI recommended Mary Tamm from Doctor Who, very pretty and died much too young, but I instead decided to go with Swiss actor Bruno Ganz from Wings of Desire, who definitely counts as iconic in my book.

2. Canadians spotted for your convenience. Lots of Canadians today, the oldest being Shatner. Besides The Captain, we have Adrien Dorval and Katie Stuart born and bred, and Kandyse McClure moved with her family from South Africa at a young age.

3. Nepotism FTW. Werner Klemperer was the son of Conductor Otto, Cole Hauser is the son of actor Wings.

4. Fun facts to know and tell. Jeremy Clyde was in the pop duo Chad and Jeremy. He moved from that to acting without a hitch, still getting steady work mainly on British TV, including a role on Downton Abbey. I had no idea.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movie released
The Croods released, 2013

Predictor:Robert A. Heinlein in his 1956 book The Door Into Summer.

Prediction: But while I was awake, part of me was dead. I know what they used on me: the “zombie” drug, Uncle Sam’s answer to brainwashing. So far as I know, we never used it on a prisoner, but the boys whipped it up in the investigation of brainwashing and there it was, illegal but very effective.

Reality: The drug Heinlein describes doesn't exist, thank goodness. The person who takes it has next to no will left. If it did exist, Bill Cosby alone would have kept the manufacturer in business.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The week begins again and we dip into The OMNI Future Almanac once more.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

21 March 2015

Birthdays
Scott Eastwood b. 1986 (Texas Chainsaw 3D)
Sonequa Martin-Green b. 1985 (The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time)
Honorine Bell b. 1981 (A Guy, A Girl, A Space Helmet, The Thirst: Blood War, )
Sam Troughton b. 1977 (AVP: Alien vs. Predator)
Joseph Mawle b. 1974 (Sense8, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Awakening, Game of Thrones, Merlin[2009])
Laura Allen b. 1974 (Clown, Ravenswood, Awake, From Within, The 4400)
Vanessa Branch b. 1973 (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lost, The Invisible Man [TV], Star Trek: Voyager, The Cell)
Jaye Davidson b. 1968 (Stargate)
Karyn Kusama b. 1968 (director, Jennifer’s Body, Aeon Flux)
Greg Ellis b. 1968 (The Hobbit, Touch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek [2009], Knight Rider [2008], Beowulf, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Brimstone, The X-Files)
Lara Lamberti b. 1967 (Aenigma, Red Sonja)
Phillip Troy Linger b. 1964 (The Hunger Games)
Matthew Broderick b. 1962 (The Stepford Wives [2004], Inspector Gadget, Godzilla [1998], Project X, Faerie Tale Theatre, WarGames, Ladyhawke)
Kathryn Greenwood b. 1962 (Wonderfalls, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, RoboCop [TV], Maniac Mansion)
Kassie Wesley DePaiva b. 1961 (Time Trax, Evil Dead II)
Sabrina Le Beauf b. 1958 (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Gary Oldman b. 1958 (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, RoboCop, The Dark Knight Rises, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Lost in Space [movie], The Fifth Element, Dracula)
Timothy Dalton b. 1944 (Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, Hercules [2005 TV], Tales from the Crypt, Flash Gordon)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson b. 1944 died 29 July 2010 (Spaceballs, Wonder Woman)
Alex Courtney b. 1940 (Programmed to Kill, The Bionic Woman)
Kathleen Widdoes b. 1939 (The Invaders, Way Out)
Roger Hammond b. 1936 died 8 November 2012 (Bedazzled [2000], A Christmas Carol [1999], Ghostbusters of East Finchley, Morons from Outer Space, Doctor Who, Queen Kong)
Al Williamson b. 1931 died 12 June 2010 (illustrator, Flash Gordon)
James Coco b. 1930 died 25 February 1987 (The Stepford Children, Twilight Zone [1985], The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Alice in Wonderland [1983])
Cliff Norton b. 1918 died 25 January 2003 (Tabitha, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Mr. Terrific, It’s About Time, The Munsters, My Favorite Martian, My Living Doll)
Peter Bull b. 1912 died 20 May 1984 (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [1972], The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, A Christmas Carol [1951], The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus [1947])
Gustav Frohlich b. 1902 died 22 December 1987 (Metropolis)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark from Game of Thrones and Gary Oldman from Harry Potter. Even with these two removed, there are plenty of good choices for iconic, including Timothy Dalton from Flash Gordon, Matthew Broderick from WarGames, Jaye Davidson from Stargate, or an illustration by the late great Al Williamson. But I decided on the late Lorene Yarnell, the woman who was inside the Dot Matrix robot in Spaceballs. I was not aware she was dead.

2. Spot the Canadian! If you know your 20th Century Canadian genre productions, today's solo Canuck should not be tough to find.

3. Nepotism FTW. Scott Eastwood started his career using his mother's name Reeves, but he's pretty much got his dad's face. He's Clint Eastwood's son.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movie released
Divergent released, 2014  
 
Predictor: Hempstead Washburne 1852-1918, mayor of Chicago, asked to predict the world of 1993 in honor of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition

Prediction: The political condition of the United States in 1993 will be very similar to that of the present. Railroads and telegraphs will be under public control. We will still be on the gold standard. Corporations will tend towards more perfect centralization, until the monopolies become so obnoxious that they will be regulated by federal and local statutes. The accumulation of wealth will continue, but laws will be enacted to regulate the amount of wealth that can be inherited. The laboring classes shall organize and become a large part of the middle class. It is not improbable that women will obtain the franchise in many states.

Reality: Washburne starts by saying it's business as usual, then proceeds to predict a much more liberal form of government than the one that was in place in 1893, with women's suffrage, successful labor unions, trust busting government and taxes that discourage a permanent class of inherited wealth. It is interesting to note that besides the gold standard and women's suffrage, Washburne's topics are still a big part of the liberal-conservative debate even 122 years later.

As for facial hair, it's a bold mustache, but the rest is pretty tame. He kind of looks like the actor Bruce McGill, doesn't he?

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

I'm not keen on repeating myself this year on choices for the Picture Slot, but tomorrow looks like one of those days.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!