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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 September 2014

Birthdays
Raphael Coleman b. 1994 (The Fourth Kind, It’s Alive, Nanny McPhee)
Greyston Holt b. 1985 (Supernatural, Bitten, Once Upon a Time, Sanctuary, SGU Stargate Universe, Fringe, Flash Gordon [2007 TV], The 4400, Smallville)
Lacey Chabert b. 1982 (Scarecrow, Lost in Space)
Kieran Culkin b. 1982 (The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns)
Pihla Viitala b. 1982 (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters)
Teal Redmann b. 1982 (Chameleon 3: Dark Angel)
Ashleigh Ashton Moore b. 1981 died 11 December 2007 (The Odyssey [1994 TV])
Fernanda Dorogi b. 1981 (Season of the Witch, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire)
Toni Trucks b. 1980 (Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Star Runners)
Mate Haumann b. 1980 (Hercules [2014], Dracula [2013 TV], Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Eragon)
Stark Sands b. 1978 (Day of the Dead)
Maia Brewton b. 1977 (Back to the Future)
Sean Rogerson b. 1977 (Continuum, Arrow, Extraterrestrial, Grave Encounters, Supernatural, Sanctuary, Smallville, Fringe, Stargate: Atlantis, Underworld: Evolution, Stephen King’s Dead Zone)
Marion Cotillard b. 1975 (The Dark Knight Rises, Contagion, Inception)
Ashley Hamilton b. 1974 (Iron Man 3)
Daniel Wu b. 1974 (Europa Report)
Tony Hale b. 1970 (Ctrl)
Mark Rhino Smith b. 1969 (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Batman Begins)
Andrea Roth b. 1967 (Lost, The Time Tunnel [2006 TV], Earth: Final Conflict, Robocop [TV], Forever Knight, Highlander [TV], Deadly Nightmares)
Omid Djalili b. 1965 (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Alien Autopsy, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Jason and the Argonauts [2000 TV], The Mummy)
Monica Bellucci b. 1964 (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Brothers Grimm, Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, Dracula [1992])
Eric Stoltz b. 1961 (Caprica, The Triangle, The Butterfly Effect, Anaconda, The Prophecy, The Fly II)
Nicola Griffith b. 1960 (won 1997 Nebula for Slow River)
Debrah Farentino b. 1959 (Eureka, Storm of the Century, Earth 2)
Fran Drescher b. 1957 (ALF)
Barry Williams b. 1954 (Mega Piranha, Perversions of Science, The Invaders)
Al Leong b. 1952 (The Scorpion King, The Others [2000 TV], Godzilla [1998], Escape from L.A., The Shadow, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China, The Twilight Zone [1986], My Science Project, Knight Rider, Twilight Zone: The Movie)
John Finn b. 1952 (Believe, The X Files, Strange World, Invasion, SeaQuest 2032, Quantum Leap, The Incredible Hulk)
Jack Wild b. 1952 died 1 March 2006 (Alicja, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, H.R. Pufnstuf, Danny the Dragon)
Victoria Tennant b. 1950 (The Legend of the Mummy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Twilight Zone [1986], Horror Planet)
Rula Lenska b. 1947 (Kappatoo, Doctor Who, Queen Kong, Space:1999)
Dan O’Bannon b. 1946 died 17 December 2009 (writer, Alien, Aliens, Total Recall, Hemoglobin, The Return of the Living Dead, Dark Star)
Ian Ogilvy b. 1943 (Babylon 5, Witchfinder General, The Day the Fish Came Out, The Sorcerers, She Beast)
Len Cariou b. 1939 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Antoinette Bower b. 1932 (Time Walker, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Starlost, Superbeast, Star Trek, The Invaders, Twilight Zone)

The Picture Slot is Antoinette Bower from the Star Trek episode Catspaw, which was more or less a Halloween episode, written by Robert Bloch, best known for Psycho. Last year it was another fabulous babe, Monica Bellucci from one of the bad Matrix movies and next year it's anyone's guess, though I have a soft spot for Oh That Martial Arts Guy Al Leong.

And now, predictably, the dead. I was completely unaware of the career of young Ashleigh Ashton Moore until I saw her name on imdb.com this morning, but I did know both Jack Wild and Dan O'Bannon by name. I really liked O'Bannon's work and I had forgotten he was dead, so we get the Wait... He's Dead? label once again.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictors: ESPN's panel of experts predicting the playoff teams for the 2014 Major League Baseball Season

Predictions (and realities):
American League:
East: Red Sox (Orioles)
Central: Tigers (Tigers)
West: A's (Angels)
Wild cards: Rays vs. Rangers (Royals vs. A's)

The experts stunk the place out with their American League forecasts this season. My counting method is two points for a completely correct pick like the Tigers and one point for a team getting into the playoffs but not the way predicted, like the A's in the wild card instead of the division championship. This prediction is 3 of 10, a failing grade on any scale. Even worse, the three teams that didn't make the playoffs finished well below .500, the Rangers having the worst record in the American League.

National League
East: Nationals (Nationals)
Central: Cardinals (Cardinals)
West: Dodgers (Dodgers)
Wild cards: Pirates vs. Braves (Pirates vs. Giants)

On the other hand, the experts got four of five right in the National League, 8 of 10 points and a good solid B if we aren't grading on the curve. Like the mistakes in the American, the Braves finished below .500, but only barely below.

There's no two ways around it. Sports prediction is hard.

Looking one day ahead...  INTO THE FUTURE!

A new month, a new splash illustration and the return of our bold but anonymous predictor from 1911.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Monday, September 29, 2014

29 September 2014

Birthdays
Shay Astar b. 1981 (3rd Rock from the Sun, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Zachary Levi b. 1980 (Thor: The Dark World, Video Game High School, The Guild, Team Unicorn)
Alexis Cruz b. 1974 (Stargate)
Mackenzie Crook b. 1971 (Pirates of the Caribbean, Almost Human, Game of Thrones, Solomon Kane, Demons, The Brothers Grimm)
Natasha Gregson Wagner b. 1970 (The 4400, Vampires: Los Muertos, Buffy)
Russell Peters b. 1970 (Source Code)
Emily Lloyd b. 1970 (Riverworld)
Erika Eleniak b. 1969 (Absolute Zero, Dracula 3000, Bordello of Blood, The Blob [1988], E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)
Luke Goss b. 1968 (Lost Time, Witchville, The Dead Undead, Tekken, Annihilation Earth, Fringe, Hellboy II, Frankenstein [TV 2004], Blade II)
Roger Bart b. 1962 (Grimm, The Event, The Stepford Wives)
Nicholas Briggs b. 1961 (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood)
Ken Weatherwax b. 1955 (The Addams Family)
Cindy Morgan b. 1954 (Amanda and the Alien, Galaxis, Harry and the Hendersons [TV], Amazing Stories, Tron)
Martin Ferrero b. 1947 (The X Files, Jurassic Park, High Spirits, Mork & Mindy, The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Donovan Scott b. 1946 (Babylon 5, Homeboys in Outer Space, Back to the Future Part III, Freddy’s Nightmares, Meet the Hollowheads, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Splash, Too, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Lost Satellite, The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Patricia Hodge b. 1946 (The Cloning of Joanna May, Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang)
Roger Bannister b. 1945 (Phantasm, Zombie Family, Wishmaster)
Isla Blair b. 1944 (The Quatermass Experiment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Alien Attack, Space: 1999, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors)
Ian McShane b. 1942 (Hercules, Jack the Giant Slayer, American Horror Story, Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, Babylon 5: The River of Souls, The Fantastic Journey [1977 TV], Space: 1999)
Madeline Kahn b. 1942 died 3 December 1999 (Slapstick [of Another Kind}, Simon, Young Frankenstein)
Larry Linville b. 1939 died 19 April 2000 (Lois & Clark, C.H.U.D.II- Bud the Chud, Earth Girls Are Easy, Misfits of Science, The Girl, The Gold Watch & Dynamite, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Sixth Sense)
Anita Ekberg b. 1931 (The Temptation of Doctor Antonio, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Cindy Morgan from TRON, iconic and pretty. This year it's Mackenzie Crook as the wildling warg, iconic and not so pretty. Next year, I'd the say the competitors are Ken Weatherwax from The Addams Family, the late Madeline Kahn from Young Frankenstein and Anita Ekberg from The Temptation of Doctor Antonio, the third possibility because... reasons.

2. The dead yet again. I remember that Madeline Kahn died and it was a sad day. On the other hand, I completely blanked about Larry Linville, who died from complications after surgery. Most people will remember him from M*A*S*H, but he did a lot work before and after, including being a regular on Mannix, a show I never watched.

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

Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: Biofeedback-controlled games will become the most popular electronic games of the 21st Century. While player success with pinball machines was related to manual dexterity, this biofeedback machine will require the player to generate alpha and delta brainwaves on demand. As you hold this electronic pocket game in your hand, its sensors will constantly monitor your galvanic skin response and pulse rate. As the new games become more exciting, the machines will play harder. Great self-control will be demanded.


Reality: Biofeedback! Alpha and delta brainwaves! Galvanic skin response! I'm getting such a 1980s nostalgia rush, I might have to find my Walkman and Rubik's Cube.

No, wait.  Deep breaths... okay, it's passed.

While it can't claim to be one of "the most popular electronic games of the 21st Century", the horror/adventure game Nevermind was released a few years back with a device that was strapped to your chest to check heart rate. If your heart rate went up, the game became more difficult. One problem designers saw during testing was that many players' heart rates increased as they reached the end of a level, not out of fear but out of happiness at completing a task. You can read more through this link.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The regular baseball season is over, so let's see how well the "experts" did at prediction the post season teams.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

28 September 2014

Birthdays
Skye McCole Bartusiak b. 1992 died 19 July 2014 (Lost, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, The Darkling, Storm of the Century)
Keir Gilchrist b. 1992 (Delete, Matty Hanson and the Invisibility Ray, ReGenesis)
Kirsten Prout b. 1990 (Twilight, Kyle XY, Meteor Storm, Elektra, Stargate SG-1, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Jeremiah, Mindstorm, First Wave)
Matt Cohen b. 1982 (Supernatural)
Lucas Bryant b. 1978 (Haven, Beauty and the Beast [2013], Odyssey 5)
Karan Ashley b. 1975 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
J. Trevor Edmund b. 1969 (Return of the Living Dead III, Frogs!, Alien Nation [TV])
Naomi Watts b. 1968 (Allegiant, Insurgent, King Kong, The Ring, Sleepwalkers, Tank Girl)
Mira Sorvino b. 1967 (Intruders, Falling Skies, Space Warriors, Mimic, The Stuff)
Maria Canals-Barrera b. 1966 (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Arie Verveen b. 1966 (Sin City)
Bellina Logan b. 1966 (Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Jacob’s Ladder)
Christopher Evan Welch b. 1965 died 2 December 2013 (War of the Worlds, The Stepford Wives [2004])
Janeane Garafalo b. 1964 (Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space, Southland Tales, What Planet Are You From?, Mystery Men)
Susan Walters b. 1963 (Teen Wolf [2014 TV], Star-Crossed, The Vampire Diaries, Carnivale, I Married a Monster)
Sylvia Kristel b. 1952 died 18 October 2012 (Dracula’s Widow)
John Sayles b. 1950 (writer, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Piranha, Brother From Another Planet, The Secret of Roan Inish, Clan of the Cave Bear, The Howling, Battle Beyond the Stars, Alligator)
Michael Flynn b. 1947 (Lightspeed, Halloweentown High, The Darkling, Asteroid, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Werewolf)
Jeffrey Jones b. 1946 (10.0 Earthquake, Dr. Dolittle 2, Sleepy Hollow [1999 movie], Invader ZIM, Tales from the Crypt, Amazing Stories, Howard the Duck, The Twilight Zone, Beetlejuice, Transylvania 6-5000)
Herbert Jefferson Jr. b 1946 (Star Trek: Renegades, Apollo 13, Outbreak, Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land, Knight Rider, World War III, Battlestar Galactica [1979], The Bionic Woman, The Immortal)
Fiona Lewis b. 1946 (Innerspace, Strange Invaders, The Fury, Tintorera: Killer Shark, Bram Stoker’s Dracula [TV 1974], Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Fearless Vampire Killers)
J.T. Walsh b. 1943 died 27 Feb. 1998 (Pleasantville, Dark Skies, The X Files, Lois & Clark, Needful Things)
Marshall Bell b. 1942 (Stargate: Atlantis, The Astronaut Farmer, God vs Evil, Sliders, Virus, W.E.I.R.D. World, The Puppet Masters, The X Files, Tales from the Crypt, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Hard Time on Planet Earth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge)
Ronald Lacey b. 1935 died 15 May 1991 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Raider of the Lost Ark, Red Sonja, Buckaroo Banzai, Blakes 7, The Last Days of Man on Earth, The Fearless Vampire Killers)
Janet Munro b. 1934 Died 6 December 1972 (Darby O’Gill and the Little People, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, The Crawling Eye)
Ralph Ahn b. 1926 (Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace)
William Windom b.1923 died 16 August 2012 (The Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman [1993 TV], Space Rage, Automan, The Greatest American Hero, The Bionic Woman, The Girl with Something Extra, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, The Invaders, Star Trek, Twilight Zone)
Peter Finch b. 1916 died 14 January 1977 (First Men in the Moon)
Prosper Mérimée b. 1803 died 23 September 1870 (Le Venus d’Ille, Lokis, La Chambre bleue)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, before I had done as much research as I do now, I went with Ronald Lacey, the Nazi agent whose face melts off in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This year, I went with fabulous babe Naomi Watts in a tender scene from Peter Jackson's King Kong. With this birthday list, we need something nice start things off, because this one is rough. 

2. What's that smell? Yeah, that's the smell of death around you. William Windom lived well into his 80s, Prosper Mérimée died at 66, not a bad run back in the 19th Century, but all the rest of the deceased died young, and that's Peter Finch (60), Janet Munro (38), Ronald Lacey (55), J.T. Walsh (54), Sylvia Kristel (60), Christopher Evan Welch (48) and Skye McCole Bartusiak (21). I can't think of any single day list this bad before and I hope I don't have to type another before next September 28th.

3. So much respect. John Sayles, one of the few truly independent filmmakers in the world. He goes off and writes scripts like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Piranha, Clan of the Cave Bear, The Howling, Battle Beyond the Stars and Alligator so he can fund his writer/director stuff himself, free from studio control. He's made several of my favorite movies of the past thirty years, including Brother from Another Planet, Matewan , Eight Men Out, Passion Fish, Lone Star, Men with Guns, Limbo, Sunshine State, Casa de los babys and Honeydripper. There's no one quite like him.

4. The Oh That Guys. I guess William Windom might have been an Oh That Guy, but I would put him at the "Hey, it's Abe Vigoda!" level of fame, since he had a couple sitcoms in the 1960s and a regular recurring role on Murder She Wrote. Of the rest, I would say Jeffrey Jones might be close to that level as well, but I might only think that way because I loved Deadwood so much. I would put Ronald Lacey, Marshall Bell and J.T. Walsh at the Oh That Guy level of recognition for sure.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories and I hope I don't see so many of you on any list soon.

Movies released
Looper released, 2012  
 
Predictor: Attitude by A. Neale McDougall, published 1970 by Vantage in New York.

Prediction: This preachy novel alternates between lectures to young students about the past and the love stories of the same students. A war which began in the year 2000 killed half of Earth's population and began a century-long dark age which had some salutary effects: the "holocaust . . . burned away all of the economic rot, cancelled all the bad debts!" Modern America is a debilitated remnant of the old American civilization, and is contrasted with the idyllic Federation of thirteen Asian states where much of the novel is set. A subplot deals with the struggles of a young male to overcome his tendency toward violence and learn how to love. America is diagnosed as having destroyed itself through its bad attitude--hence the title.

Reality: Regular readers will recognize a summary of a plot like this is lifted from Paul Brians' excellent catalog of nuclear holocaust fiction, and once again I thank him for compiling it. The only positive thing to say here is that in reality, we have avoided a big nuclear war - and so far even a small one since Nagasaki - and that great shared dread of the 20th Century is no longer in the back of everyone's mind.

In this post, you have to cherish the tiny bits of good news where you can find them, I guess.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Yet another dip into the nearly inexhaustible pool of predictions that is known as The OMNI Future Almanac.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

27 September 2014

Birthdays
Lina Leandersson b. 1995 (Let the Right One In)
Thomas Mann b. 1991 (Amityville: The Awakening, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters)
Anna Camp b.1982 (True Blood)
Kristopher Turner b. 1980 (Beauty and the Beast [2013 TV], A Little Bit Zombie, Lost Girl, 2030 CE)
Zita Görög b. 1979 (Underworld)
Travis Aaron Wade b. 1975 (Touch, Torchwood: Web of Lies, Jekyll, War of the Worlds)
Gwyneth Paltrow b. 1972 (Iron Man, The Avengers, Contagion, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Hook)
John Patrick White b. 1972 (Galaxy Quest, Buffy, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Amanda Detmer b. 1971 (Vampire Diaries)
Tamara Taylor b.1970 (Lost, Serenity)
Patrick Muldoon b. 1968 (Spiders, Ice Spiders, Arrival II, Starship Troopers)
Christopher Cousins b. 1960 (Revolution, Awake, Supernatural, The Grudge 2 Earth vs. the Spider [2001], The Invisible Man [2001], Stargate SG-1, NightMan)
Scott Lawrence b. 1963 (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Host [U.S. 2013], American Horror Story, Avatar, Them [2007], Star Trek: Voyager, Brimstone, Timecop, Quantum Leap)
Shaun Cassidy b. 1958 (producer, Invasion, American Gothic)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa b. 1950 (The Man in the High Castle, Teen Wolf [2014], Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Heroes, Elektra, Planet of the Apes, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Vampires, Stargate SG-1, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Phantom, Babylon 5, Space Rangers, Alien Nation, Superboy, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Tom Braidwood b. 1948 (Alien Trespass, The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen)
David Kagen b. 1948 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Angle, Freddy’s Nightmares, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI)
A Martinez b. 1948 (Curse of Chucky, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Welcome to Paradox, Not of This World [1991 TV], The Incredible Hulk, Exo-Man, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV])
Meat Loaf b. 1947 (BloodRayne, Wishcraft, Tales from the Crypt, Americathon, Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Liz Torres b. 1947 (Futurestates, Quantum Leap, Alien Nation [TV])
Denis Lawson b. 1947 (Jekyll, Star Wars: Episodes IV, V and VI, Dinosaur)
Wilford Brimley b. 1934 (Progeny, Mutant Species, Cocoon I and II, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, The Thing [1982])
Greg Morris b. 1933 died 27 August 1996 (Superboy, War of the Worlds [TV series], Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Twilight Zone)
Will Sampson b. 1933 died 3 June 1987 (Poltergeist II: The Other Side)
Roger C. Carmel b. 1932 died 11 November 1986 (Star Trek, My Living Doll, The Munsters)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year it was Gwyneth, the only A list movie star here. If I was going for iconic, Meat Loaf in Rocky Horror, Denis Lawson from Star Wars (Wedge makes it through all three films, rare among the minor characters) or Roger C. Carmel in Star Trek would be my first three choices, but instead of going with movies and TV from my youth, the picture is of Lina Leandersson from the 2008 Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In. It's not the first Vampire As Good Guy film by a long shot, but it does have a very different look and feel compared to American movies. If you haven't seen it and don't mind some gory scenes, I can recommend it.

2. A Martinez? Shouldn't he be The Martinez by now? A Martinez, no period after the initial was born Adolph Martinez in 1948. He used that name in his first film credit and never again.

Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Martinez in 1948? Too soon.

3. Teen scream Shaun Cassidy? Really? I was not aware Shaun Cassidy made the transition to producer. Good on him.

4. Another Philip K. Dick project? imdb.com lists The Man in the High Castle as pre-production and it should be released in 2015. It's an interesting story and I hope it gets made.

5. Die young much? Wait... he's dead?And a bonus: The Guy at the Door. We have three deceased actors on the list and none of them lived long enough to collect Social Security. It had registered in my mind that Will Sampson and Roger C. Carmel were dead, but somehow I forgot about Greg Morris. Also, while it's not true on every birthday list, all the dead today were born before everybody living. I call the oldest living person on a list like this The Guy (or Gal) at the Door, who in this case is Wilford Brimley, overweight, diabetic and celebrating his 79th birthday today. C'est la vie, said the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.

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

Movies released
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 released, 2013  
 
Predictor: John J. Ingalls (1833-1900), predicting the world of 1993 in honor of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago

Predictions: Man will conquer the atmosphere. Traveling from New York to San Francisco or New York to London will take less take less than twelve hours, making the railway and steamship obsolete. Personal dirigibles will be commonplace. Electricity will be the motive power for these aerial cars and they will be made of aluminum or some other light metal.

The telephone will supplant the telegraph and calling from Boston to Moscow will be done as readily as we now call between neighboring cities. The dwindling power of the telegraph and railroad barons will obviate the need to nationalize these businesses.

Domestic life will become easier with ready access to electricity and women will elevate her political and social status from subordinate to men to equality.

Wealth will accumulate, business will combine and the gulf between rich and poor will be more profound. The attempts to correct this by statue are doomed to fail.

Our greatest city in 1993 will be Chicago, not only the greatest in the nation but the world.

Reality: Okay, the facial hair and clothes, pure 19th Century. If his wire-rims were pince-nez, he would have had the trifecta.

As for the predictions, it was bold in 1893 to say air travel would be so dominant and the telephone was going to be useful worldwide. Of course, we don't have personal dirigibles and electricity is not the motive power of flying machines. But he writes "aerial cars"! Longtime readers will know I give points for that, even though they don't actually... well, you know... exist.

Equality of the sexes is not complete, but women do have the vote and electrically powered modern conveniences do make life much easier than it was in 1893.

As for wealth accumulating, it can be curbed by a progressive tax code and income inequality was much lower for most of the 20th Century than it was in The Gilded Age. But of course, Republicans and their wise stewardship of the economy have made us realize that a prosperous middle class is one of those luxuries we just couldn't afford.

And he ends by sucking up to Chicago. Meh.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Nuclear war! Hunh! Good God, y'all! What is it good for?

Well, it does give me something to write about on Sunday mornings. And we actually haven't had one since WW II ended, so that's another positive point.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Never to be Forgotten:
Don Keefer 1916-2014

Don Keefer, whose best known role may be as the man Billy Mumy turned into a jack-in-the-box in the truly creepy Twilight Zone episode entitled It's a Good Life (written by Rod Serling from a Jerome Bixby short story), died ealier this month at the age of 98.

I am ashamed to say on his birthday of August 18th this year, I didn't recognize his picture as his most famous credit was given as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which he had a role as Fireman. He had 170 credits in 50 years, from 1947 to 1997 and the genre roles include Lois & Clark, Creepshow, Time Express, The Incredible Hulk, Sleeper, Star Trek, Bewitched, The Munsters, My Favorite Martian, 'Way Out and roles on three Twilight Zone episodes, the other two being much smaller. He lived the Oh That Guy lifestyle the hard way, almost everything as a guest role on TV, though he was a regular on a 1961 comedy entitled Angel, a show which rings absolutely no bells for me and ran a total of 16 episodes. On the other hand, there are a bunch of shows that brought him back to play different characters multiple times, including ten different roles on Gunsmoke. This is an excellent sign of a guy who learned his lines, hit his marks and treated the cast and crew with respect. I always have to smile when I see a credit list like this on imdb.com. His last role was in Liar Liar as Beggar at Courthouse, which is a scene I remember. (Liar Liar is one of those films with a fantasy element that I don't quite count as genre. Sue me.)

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

26 September 2014

 Birthdays
Emma Rigby b. 1989 (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Becoming Human)
Ashley Leggat b. 1986 (The Good Witch’s Charm/Destiny/Wonder, My Best Friend Is an Alien)
Talulah Riley b. 1985 (Thor: The Dark World, Inception, Doctor Who)
Christina Milian b. 1981 (Smallville, Charmed)
Mark Famiglietti b. 1979 (FlashForward, Premonition, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
Daniel Buran b. 1974 (True Blood)
Sheri Moon Zombie b. 1970 (Halloween I & II [2007 and 2009])
David Slade b. 1969 (director, Powers, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Jim Caviezel b. 1968 (The Prisoner [2006], Outlander, Frequency)
Marc Gilpin b. 1966 (Earthbound, Jaws 2)
Lysette Anthony b. 1963 (Dark Realm, Highlander: The Return, Tale of the Mummy, NightMan, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Dark Shadows [1991], Krull, Beauty and the Beast [1982 TV movie])
Melissa Sue Anderson b. 1962 (10.5:Apocalypse, Bewitched)
Patrick Bristow b. 1962 (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Elvira’s Movie Macabre, Charmed, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Black Scorpion)
Linda Hamilton b. 1956 (Defiance, Lost Girl, Bermuda Tentacles, Beauty and the Beast [1989], King Kong Lives, Black Moon Rising, Terminator, Children of the Corn, Wishman)
Olivia Newton John b. 1948 (Xanadu)
Mary Beth Hurt b. 1948 (Lady in the Water, D.A.R.Y.L.)
Togo Igawa b. 1946 (Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Speed Racer, Primeval, Torchwood, Code 46, Lexx)
Victoria Vetri b. 1944 (Invasion of the Bee Girls, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Land of the Giants, Rosemary’s Baby, Star Trek, Batman)
Helmut Bakaitis b. 1944 (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Shirley Thompson vs. the Aliens)
Kent McCord b. 1942 (Farscape, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, Dark Skies, SeaQuest 2032, Return of the Living Dead III, Predator 2, Galactica 1980)
Martine Beswick b. 1941 (Trancers II, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Six Million Dollar Man, Strange New World, Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, Prehistoric Women, One Million Years B.C.)
Jonathan Goldsmith b. 1938 (Knight Rider, Space, Manimal, Shadow on the Land, The Invaders)
Donna Douglas b. 1933 (Project U.F.O., The Twilight Zone)
Richard Herd b. 1932 (Star Trek: Renegades, InAlienable, Star Trek: Voyager, I Married a Monster, Buffy, SeaQuest 2032, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beauty and the Beast [1987], Knight Rider, Trancers, V, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Greatest American Hero)
Patrick O’Neal b. 1927 died 9 September 1994 (The Stuff, The Stepford Wives, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Charles Macaulay b. 1927 died 13 August 1999 (V, Splash, The Munster’s Revenge, Blacula, The Twilight People, Star Trek)
Joyce Jameson b. 1927 died 16 January 1987 (Project U.F.O., Death Race 2000, Mr. Terrific, The Munsters, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone, The Son of Dr. Jekyll)
Shug Fisher b. 1907 died 16 March 1984 (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Giant Gila Monster)
Edmund Gwenn b. 1877 died 6 September 1959 (Them!, The Walking Dead [1936])
Winsor McCay b. 1867 died 26 July 1934 (writer/illustrator, Little Nemo in Slumberland)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year it was Linda Hamilton, both a fabulous babe and several iconic roles in genre. Not wanting to repeat myself, we get this climatic shot from Eye of the Beholder, a very famous Twilight Zone episode. (Do I have to warn SPOILER ALERT for a show over fifty years old? I hope not.) She only had a little screen time, but that is in fact Donna Douglas, who would soon be famous as Ellie Mae on The Beverly Hillbillies. Next year, I can't be sure, but Charles Macaulay was Landru on an original Star Trek episode and Richard Herd has played a heck of a lot of admirals. If I want to throw the change-up, I might go with an illustration by Winsor McCay.

2. You might remember me from... We have some people with iconic work that isn't genre. From oldest to youngest, Edmund Gwenn was Santa in Miracle on 34th Street, Jonathan Goldsmith is The Most Interesting Man in the World, Martine Beswick was a Bond girl, Kent McCord was on Adam-12 and Jim Caviezel played Jesus in the torture porn classic Passion of the Christ.

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

Predictor: Economic statistician Roger Babson, September 1928, quoted gleaned from The Experts Speak, compiled by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky

Prediction: The election of Hoover in 1928 should result in continued prosperity in 1929.

Reality: We've heard from Babson before. He thought half the country would be living in trailers by 1955 and we would subsist on food in pill form by the late 1970s. It should be noted that a year later in September 1929, he was confident the market would crash. You could call it hedging his bets, but I'm going to be generous and say he correctly changed his mind when confronted with convincing data.

So that would make him 1 out of 4 correct, better than a lot of our predictors. But he failed to rock that beard type like John Elfreth Watkins did and food in pill form is my least favorite of all the cliche future predictions.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

A forward looking fellow from 1893 with much better facial hair than Babson's.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

25 September 2014

Birthdays
Nicole Fugere b. 1986 (The New Addams Family)
Jordan Gavaris b. 1985 (Orphan Black, Curse of Chucky)
Rossif Sutherland b. 1978 (Reign, Dead Before Dawn 3D, Timeline)
Joel David Moore b. 1977 (Forever, Shark Night 3D, Chillerama, Avatar, Angel, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Clea DuVall b. 1977 (American Horror Story, The Event, Virtuality, Heroes, Carnivale, Ghosts of Mars, How to Make a Monster, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Faculty, Buffy, Little Witches)
Charlotte Ayanna b. 1976 (The Insatiable, The Thirst, The Rage: Carrie 2, Weird Science [TV])
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras b. 1973 (House on Haunted Hill, Mortal Kombat, Last Action Hero)
Catherine Zeta-Jones b. 1969 (The Phantom)
Hal Sparks b. 1969 (Lab Rats, Spider-Man 2, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Lois & Clark, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, Frog)
Will Smith b. 1968 (After Earth, Hancock, Men in Black, I,Robot, I am Legend, Independence Day)
Simon Barry b. 1966 (writer, Continuum)
Jason Flemyng b. 1966 (X-Men: First Class, Primeval, Clash of the Titans, Kick-Ass, Solomon Kane, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Quatermass Experiment [2005], Seed of Chucky, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alice in Wonderland [1999 TV], Deep Rising)
Gordon Currie b. 1965 (Left Behind, Earth: Final Conflict, Mutant X, Code Name: Eternity, First Wave, Highlander: The Raven, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Blood & Donuts, Forever Knight, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)
Maria Doyle Kennedy b. 1964 (Orphan Black)
Mikael Persbrandt b. 1963 (The Hobbit)
Tate Donovan b. 1963 (No Ordinary Family, SpaceCamp)
Aida Turturro b. 1962 (Deep Blue Sea)
Beth Toussaint b. 1962 (Fortress 2, legend [1995 TV], Babylon 5, Project Shadowchaser II, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Monsters)
Heather Locklear b. 1961 (Firestarter)
Ian Reddington b. 1957 (Doctor Who, Highlander)
Michael Madsen b. 1957 (2047 – Sights of Death, Infected, BloodRayne, Sin City, Frankenstein [2004 TV], Vampires Anonymous, Species I & II, Quantum Leap, Deadly Nightmares)
Christopher Reeve b, 1952 died 10 October 2004 (Smallville, Village of the Damned, Faerie Tale Theatre, Somewhere in Time, Superman)
Colin Friels b. 1952 (Dark City, Space: Above and Beyond, Darkman)
Mark Hamill b. 1951 (Star Wars, Virtually Heroes, 3rd Rock from the Sun, SeaQuest 2032, Village of the Damned, Time Runner, The Flash, Guyver, Amazing Stories)
Jack Bender b. 1949 (director, Under the Dome, Alphas, Lost, Carnivale, Child’s Play 3)
Mimi Kennedy b. 1948 (No Ordinary Family, Twilight Zone [1986])
Felicity Kendal b. 1946 (Doctor Who)
Louisa Moritz b. 1946 (Galaxis, The Incredible Hulk, Death Race 2000)
Robert Walden b. 1943 (Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe, Capricorn One)
Michael Douglas b. 1944 (Ant-Man, Coma [1978])
Steve Forrest b. 1925 died 18 May 2013 (Team Knight Rider, Amazon Women on the Moon, Captain America, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Sixth Sense [TV], Twilight Zone)
Betty Ballantine b. 1919 (editor and publisher)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Big Three. Last year it was Christopher Reeve, this year it's Will Smith. If it's iconic roles in genre as the criterion, Mark Hamill should get the shot next year.

2. The wild card next year. Because I'm a big fan of Orphan Black, if I can get a good still picture of Jordan Gavaris and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Felix and Mrs. S.), that would be two for the price of one.

3. Well known but not for genre. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are A-list movie stars, but they have avoided sci-fi and fantasy for the most part. Other faces that Americans will know from TV are Robert Walden from Lou Grant, Heather Locklear from more shows than I can list, Aida Turturro from The Sopranos. None of these people are going to be in the Picture Slot, even though Zeta-Jones and Locklear are clearly fabulous babes.

4. Wait... how many credits? Michael Madsen has 241 credits. Mark Hamill has 262. The thing is, the vast majority for Hamill are voice work. It's really for actors to have over 200 unless they are primarily voice actors. I had no idea Madsen had been that busy. If he can keep this pace up, he'll end up with as many as John Carradine. Very impressive work ethic.

5. Wait... she's still alive? A very happy birthday to Betty Ballantine. The sci-fi and fantasy market owes a great debt to the paperbacks published by Ballantine Books.

6. Wait... he's dead?  I wasn't aware Steve Forrest had died. He was 87 when he died last year, but I don't know how I missed the obit. On the other hand, Christopher Reeve died very young but I remember that very well.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to Mr. Forrest and Mr. Reeve, thanks for all the memories.
 
In the Year 2000!
 
Predictor:
Lee de Forest, "The Father of Radio", predicting the world of 2000 in the 17 January 1960 edition of the Sunday supplement American Weekly.

Prediction: New discoveries will make the waters of wretchedness recede from every corner of civilization. Our limitless oceans will be "farmed" for nutritive products. Refining of salt water into fresh will be widespread and inexpensive.

Reality: The "limitless oceans" was an idea that cropped up a lot back in the day, but they aren't limitless and it's hard to farm a place you are using as a dump. With islands of floating plastic in the Atlantic and Pacific and large increases in ocean temperature due to global warming, the ocean as a source of food for all mankind hasn't panned out that well. As for desalination, it's still expensive and rare.

Not your best work, Lee.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

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