1954 Ford Atmos-FX

1954 Ford Atmos-FX
1954 Ford Atmos-FX, a concept car

Saturday, December 20, 2014

20 December 2014

 Birthdays
Hunter Gomez b. 1991 (Just the Vampire Hunter, National Treasure)
JoJo Levesque b. 1990 (Aquamarine)
Christopher Bertolini b. 1989 (writer, Battle Los Angeles)
Bob Morley b. 1984 (The 100)
Jonah Hill b. 1983 (This Is The End, The Watch, The Invention of Lying, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Click)
Lucy Pinder b. 1983 (Strippers vs Werewolves)
Biljana Misic b. 1983 (Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge, Dracula: The Dark Prince)
Ramon Rodriguez b. 1979 (Battle Los Angeles, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Day Break)
Ragan Brooks b. 1976 (Eastwick, Charmed)
Carlos Moreno Jr. b. 1971 (Transformers, Mexican Werewolf in Texas)
Nicole de Boer b. 1970 (Reign, Haven, Iron Golem, Stargate: Atlantis, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Phil the Alien, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Cube, Poltergeist: The Legacy, TekWar, Forever Knight, Maniac Mansion)
Brian O’ Halloran b. 1969 (The Happening, Dogma)
Eduardo Sanchez b. 1968 (director, Intruders [2014 TV], From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], The Blair Witch Project)
Joel Gretsch b. 1963 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse, Witches of East End, Caper, V [2011], Push, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Journeyman, The 4400, Taken, Minority Report)
Iqbal Theba b. 1963 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ghosts/Aliens, Frankenhood, The Tick, The Tomorrow Man, Homeboys in Outer Space, Space: Above and Beyond)
Joyce Hyser b. 1957 (The Flash [1991], Freddy’s Nightmares)
Blanche Baker b. 1956 (Hypothermia, The Handmaid’s Tale)
Jenny Agutter b. 1952 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s The Avengers, Red Dwarf, Darkman, Twilight Zone [1986], An American Werewolf in London, The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run)
Claudia Jennings b. 1949 died 3 October 1979 (Deathsport, The Man Who Fell to Earth)
John Spencer b. 1946 died 16 December 2005 (Lois & Clark, WarGames, Meteor)
Peter Criss b. 1945 (KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park)
Jacqueline Pearce b. 1943 (Doctor Who, Moondial, Blakes 7, The Reptile, The Plague of the Zombies)
Angel Tompkins b. 1943 (Amazing Stories, Night Rider)
Pamela Austin b. 1941 (Twilight Zone [1964])
Kathryn Joosten b. 1939 died 2 June 2012 (Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Charmed, The X Files, Buffy, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
John Hillerman b. 1932 (Wonder Woman, The Sixth Sense)
Mala Powers b. 1931 died 11 June 2007 (Doomsday Machine, Bewitched, The Colossus of New York, The Unknown Terror)
John ‘Bud’ Cardos b. 1929 (director, Gor II, The Day Times Ended, Kingdom of the Spiders)
Nicole Maurey b. 1925 (Day of the Triffids)
Rod Amateau b. 1923 died 29 June 2003 (director/producer, My Mother the Car)
George Roy Hill b. 1921 died 27 December 2002 (director, Slaughterhouse-Five)
Albert Dekker b. 1905 died 5 May 1968 (Gammera the Invincible, She Devil, Dr. Cyclops)
Charley Grapewin b. 1869 died 2 February 1956 (The Wizard of Oz)
Edwin A. Abbott b. 1838 died 12 October 1926 (author, Flatland)

1. Notes from the birthday list. Today's list has a few household names, but as regular readers know, I look for iconic roles in genre. Being a huge Twilight Zone nerd, I chose fabulous babe Pamela Austin (pictured on the right) from the episode about beauty and conformity entitled Number 12 Looks Just Like You. Ms. Austin could fairly be called a starlet; besides this episode, her best known roles were in two Elvis pictures, Blue Hawaii and Kissin' Cousins. Last year's Slot was filled by Nicole de Boer from Deep Space Nine. Next year I might go with the cover from the novel Flatland, but if I go with a person, two British fabulous babes are front runners, Jenny Agutter from Logan's Run on Jacqueline Pearce as the main villain Servalan from Blakes 7.

2. Spot the Canadian! There's just one. Knowing Canadian genre show from last century will make it easier.

3. Fun facts to know and tell. Charley Grapewin was Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz. I'm not sure he got enough screen time to be iconic.

Several TV regulars are here but not from genre TV. John Hillerman was on Magnum, P.I., John Spencer was on L.A. Law and The West Wing and Kathryn Joosten was on The West Wing and Desperate Housewives.

The first paragraph of George Roy Hill's bio on imdb.com says he was a pain in the ass to work with and highbrow critics hated his work. Besides Slaughterhouse-Five, he also directed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. Andrew Sarris can slag Hill all he wants. I liked those movies when I saw them and I still do.


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

Predictor: Drumm, D. B. Traveler #1: First, You Fight. New York: Dell, 1984.

Prediction: A wandering Vietnam and Nicaragua veteran battles the bad guys fifteen years after the Last War of December 20, 1989, for which a former television cowboy star-turned-president was responsible. The veteran roams the landscape in his awesomely fortified van, dubbed "the Meat Wagon," seeking vengeance on the treacherous Captain Vallone and a cure for the neurotoxin whose effects periodically debilitate him. Traveler sets two vicious gangs against each other in a town they have dominated in a dual reign of terror, then helps fight off a third gang led by Vallone. According to Thomas M. Disch's The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of, "D. B. Drumm" was originally a pseudonymn for Ed Naha, but the later volumes were written by cyberpunk writer John Shirley.

Reality: Next week will be the last use of the regular nuclear war predictions from Professor Paul Brians' database, but I will still use the occasional exact date prediction from that source, like this one. Hmm, a cowboy star-turned-president is responsible for nuclear war... I wonder who that could refer to?

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another exact day prediction tomorrow, telling of foreboding events on December 21, 2012.


Join us then... INTO THE FUTURE!

Friday, December 19, 2014

19 December 2014

Birthdays
Irina Voronina b. 1988 (Piranha 3DD, Saul of the Mole Men, Hood of Horror)
Jake Gyllenhaal b. 1980 (Source Code, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Day After Tomorrow, Donnie Darko)
Maria Sokoloff b. 1980 (Meteor [2009 TV], Strange Frequency, Dude, Where’s My Car?, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Bindu De Stoppani b. 1976 (28 Days Later…)
Blake Lindsley b. 1973 (Deep Space Nine, Starship Troopers)
Joshua Bitton b. 1973 (National Treasure)
Alyssa Milano b. 1972 (Charmed, Embrace of the Vampire, The Canterville Ghost)
Rosa Blasi b. 1972 (The Grudge, Lost on Earth)
Amy Locane b. 1971 (Alien Express, Legend of the Mummy)
Kristy Swanson b. 1969 (Mimesis 2, The Black Hole [2006 TV], The Phantom, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Mannequin 2: On the Move, Buffy the Vampire Slayer [movie], Not Quite Human, Deadly Friend)
Lauren Sanchez b. 1969 (Fantastic Four, The Day After Tomorrow, Babylon 5)
Ken Marino b. 1968 (Reaper, Charmed, Angel, Gattaca)
Robert MacNaughton b. 1966 (Frankenstein vs. The Mummy [2014], E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Electric Grandmother)
Jessica Steen b. 1965 (Supernatural, Left Behind: World at War, Charmed, Stargate SG-1, Mutant X, Armageddon, Earth 2, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future)
Til Schweiger b. 1963 (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life)
Jennifer Beals b. 1963 (The Book of Eli, The Grudge 2, The Hunger [1999 TV], Vampire’s Kiss, The Bride, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Matthew Waterhouse b. 1961 (Doctor Who)
Mike Lookinland b. 1960 (The Stand, Isis)
Nancy (Loomis) Kyes b. 1949 (Twilight Zone [1985], Halloween I, II and III, The Fog)
Robert Ulrich b. 1946 died 16 April 2002 (Amerika, The Ice Pirates, Endangered Species, Tabitha, Killdozer)
Tim Reid b. 1944 (Highlander [TV])
Cicely Tyson b. 1933 (The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Ms. Scrooge)
Jack DeLeon b. 1924 died 16 October 2006 (Tabitha, The Lost Saucer)
Gordon Jackson b. 1923 died 15 January 1990 (The Medusa Touch, Supernatural [1977 TV], Scrooge [1970], The Quatermass Xperiment)
Ralph Richardson b. 1902 died 10 October 1983 (Time Bandits, Dragonslayer, Rollerball, Frankenstein: The True Story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tales from the Crypt [1972], Things to Come, The Ghoul [1933])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was the oldest person on the list, Sir Ralph Richardson and this year it's the second youngest, Jake Gyllenhaal from Donnie Darko. The youngest, Irina Voronina, is really pretty, but I don't think her role as Fallopia in Saul of the Mole Men really counts as iconic. Sue me.

As for next year's race, it's going to be a battle of fabulous babes, Alyssa Milano from Charmed, Kristi Swanson from the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jennifer Beals from The Bride.

2. Spot the Canadian! There is one and the resume definitely has Canadian tendencies. Knock yourselves out.

3. Wait... he's genre? Sometimes, I see a name I know on imdb.com and I check on it just out of curiosity. I didn't know Tim Reid was in the Highlander TV show, I just knew him from WKRP and Frank's Place, a very underrated comedy with no laugh track. Likewise, I knew Gordon Jackson from The Great Escape and Upstairs, Downstairs, and it turns out he has several genre roles I didn't know about.

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

Movie released
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring released 2001

Predictor: H.G. Wells in the 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: [T]he next great war will be the catastrophic breakdown of the formal armies, shame and disasters, and a disorder of conflict between more or less equally matched masses of stupefied, scared, and infuriated people. Just how far the thing may rise from the value of an alarming and edifying incident to a universal catastrophe, depends upon the special nature of the conflict, but it does not alter the fact that any considerable war is bound to be a bitter, appalling, highly educational and constitution-shaking experience for the modern democratic state.

Reality: That's a pretty damned good description of World War I if you ask me. As we go through his book, there are a lot of particulars of the nature of future wars Wells gets wrong, but on this one, I will not quibble. Full marks, young Herbert, and well done.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!


This weekend's regular schedule will be preempted by predictions with exact dates.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

18 December 2014

 Birthdays
Bridgit Mendler b. 1992 (The Wizards of Waverly Place)
Tiger Darrow b. 1992 (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams)
Ashley Benson b. 1989 (Time Warrior, Eastwick, Supernatural)
Katie Holmes b. 1978 (Batman Begins, Muppets from Space)
Josh Dallas b. 1981 (Once Upon a Time, Thor, Doctor Who)
Anna Walton b. 1980 (Mutant Chronicles, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Vampire Diary)
Baron Vaughn b. 1980 (Cloverfield)
Amy Grabow b. 1979 (Supernatural, Charmed)
Erin Simms b. 1976 (Eureka, Fringe)
James Payton b. 1975 (The Shadow of Bigfoot, Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Julian Arahanga b. 1972 (The Matrix, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Victoria Pratt b. 1970 (Dracano, Mongolian Death Worm, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, House of the Dead 2, Mutant X, Cleopatra 2525, Xena)
Casper Van Dien b. 1968 (Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine, Sharktopus vs. Mermantula, Sleeping Beauty [2014], Mortal Kombat: Legacy, 500 MPH Storm, Dracula 3000, Sleepy Hollow [1999], The Time Shifters, The Omega Code, Modern Vampires, Starship Troopers, Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus)
Len J. Phillips b. 1966 (Naked Alien Massacre, Zombie #1)
Robson Green b. 1964 (Being Human, Rocket Man)
Brad Pitt b. 1963 (World War Z, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Being John Malkovich, Meet Joe Black, Twelve Monkeys, Interview with the Vampire, Cool World, Freddy’s Nightmares)
Allan Kayser b. 1963 (Night of the Creeps)
Lucas Donat b. 1962 (Damien: Omen II)
T.K. Carter b. 1956 (My Favorite Martian [1999], The Thing [1982])
Jeff Kober b. 1953 (The Walking Dead, Lost, Reaper, Supernatural, The Hills Have Eyes II, Buffy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, Charmed, Seven Days, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Kindred: The Embraced, Tank Girl, Earth 2, The X Files, Alien Nation, Twilight Zone [1985], V)
Su Elliot b. 1950 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Worst Witch)
Steven Spielberg b. 1946 (director, War of the Worlds, Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Jurassic Park, Hook, Always, Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Alan Rudolph b. 1943 (director, Breakfast of Champions)
Keith Richards b. 1943 (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Michael Moorcock b. 1939 (writer, Elric of Melnibone)
Roger E. Mosley b. 1938 (RoboCop [TV], The Sixth Sense [1972])
Norma McCarty b. 1920 died 27 June 2014 (Plan 9 from Outer Space, the Adventures of Superman)
Ossie Davis b. 1917 died 4 February 2005 (Bubba Ho-Tep, Doctor Dolittle, The Android Affair, The Stand)
Alfred Bester b. 1913 died 30 September 1987 (won 1953 Hugo for The Demolished Man)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Steven Spielberg. This year I considered it a four way race between Brad Pitt, Casper Van Dien, Oh That Creepy Guy Jeff Kober and Hugo winner Alfred Bester. Without question, Brad Pitt is an A-list movie star and Casper Van Dien isn't, but when it comes to iconic, Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers trumps the most iconic genre role in Pitt's career, or at least it does in my never humble opinion. So what about next year? Is it Pitt vs. Kober? Well, then I'd say Brad Pitt wins by a wide margin on pretty points. In Kober's defense, without him on the list, we wouldn't have any Star Trek, The X Files or Whedonverse in the labels.

2. Canadians, pre-spotted for your protection. There are three today, but not easy to spot. Erin Simms has only two credits, as does non-Canadian Amy Grabow. Victoria Pratt has a lot of credits, but not a lot in the usual Canadian genre TV shows. (Her C.V. did let me type Mongolian Death Worm, so there's that.) Len J. Phillips is Canadian, but he shows up in the INCREDIBLY CHEAP movies he produces himself. If you have never seen a Len J. Phillips production, then you cannot fairly say you have wasted your whole life.

3. The Guy at the Door. Regular readers know the drill. Everyone born before Roger E. Mosley is dead and everyone born after him is alive. He's best known for Magnum, P.I., but he had two roles on genre TV, so he's our Guy at the Door at only 76 years old.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially Roger E. Mosley, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movies released
Avatar released, 2009
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers released, 2002
 

Irwin Edman 1896-1954
Predictor: Irwin Edman, philosopher and professor at Columbia University, quoted in 1932, collected in the book The Experts Speak by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, published 1984

Prediction: By 1982, sex will have become much less a theme for either poetry or analysis. Much of the romanticism and all of the hypochondria on the subject will be over.

Reality: A few weeks back, The Experts Speak had a regular weekly spot, but when they quoted H.G. Wells' Anticipations, I found that text online and gave it the regular spot instead. Now that we have had our last Lee de Forest prediction, The Experts Speak will be our Thursday regular for the foreseeable future.

And now the prediction. Complete jackassery. There are many mathematicians who were also philosophers. I always like their math more than I like their philosophy. Edman was not a mathematician, so he had almost nothing going for him. One of the links I found on Google for him was to a page called Forgotten Books. Some of the books deserve to remain forgotten.


Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Yet another look into the future by H.G. Wells, working from the difficult year of 1902.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

17 December 2014

 Birthdays
Thomas Law b. 1992 (The World’s End)
Daniel Tay b. 1991 (Elf)
Emma Bell b. 1986 (The Walking Dead, Arrow, Supernatural, Dollhouse)
Shannon Woodward b. 1984 (Westworld [2015], The Haunting of Molly Hartley)
Brittany Gray b. 1985 (Reign, Lost Girl)
Douglas Tait b. 1978 (Alien Outpost, Grimm, Knights of Badassdom, Thor, Land of the Lost, Star Trek [2009], Zathura: A Space Adventure, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Katheryn Winnick b. 1977 (Radio Free Albemuth, Biohazardous, Relic Hunter, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Unknown)
Kate Hewlett b. 1976 (Debug, Stargate: Atlantis, Dark Water)
Milla Jovovich b. 1975 (Resident Evil, The Fourth Kind, Ultraviolet, The Fifth Element)
Steve Zissis b. 1975 (Her, Prototype)
Giovanni Ribisi b. 1974 (Ted, Avatar, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The X-Files, Twilight Zone [1985])
Marissa Ribisi b. 1974 (Pleasantville)
Sarah Paulson b. 1974 (American Horror Story, Serenity, American Gothic)
Rian Johnson b. 1973 (director, Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX, Looper)
Claire Forlani b. 1971 (Camelot [2011], Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Mystery Men, Meet Joe Black)
Sean Patrick Thomas b. 1970 (American Horror Story, Reaper, The Burrowers, Halloween: Resurrection, Dracula 2000)
Laurie Holden b. 1969 (The Walking Dead, The Mist, Fantastic Four, The X Files, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Highlander [TV], TekWar: TekLab, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, The Martian Chronicles)
Matthew Harrison b. 1968 (Night at the Museum, Continuum, Almost Human, Chupacabra vs. the Alamo, Reaper, Watchmen, The 4400, Stargate: Atlantis, Smallville, Jake 2.0, Alienated, Thir13n Ghosts, Stargate SG-1, Mysterious Ways, Seven Days)
Leah Lail b. 1965 (Little Nicky, She-Wolf of London, They Came from Outer Space)
Hattie Hayridge b. 1959 (SuperBob, Lexx, Red Dwarf)
Bill Pullman b. 1953 (Torchwood, Alien Autopsy, Lake Placid, Independence Day, Casper, Brain Dead, Spaceballs)
Barry Livingston b. 1953 (The Sara Connor Chronicles, Roswell, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Sliders, Lois & Clark, Masters of the Universe)
Joel Brooks b. 1949 (The Big Bang Theory, Phil of the Future, Dark Realm, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Babylon 5: The River of Souls, Homeboys in Outer Space, Lois & Clark, Here Come the Munsters, Deep Space Nine, The Twilight Zone, The Powers of Matthew Star)
Wes Studi b. 1947 (Avatar, Mystery Men, Ice Planet, Deep Rising, Highlander [TV], The Flash [1990 TV])
Jayne Eastwood b. 1946 (Haven, Annedroids, Lost Girl, Dawn of the Dead, Code Name: Eternity, Videodrome, Harrison Bergeron, Maniac Mansion, Back to the Beanstalk, War of the Worlds)
Eugene Levy b. 1946 (Repli-Kate, Multiplicity, Harrison Bergeron, Maniac Mansion, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Splash)
Ernie Hudson b. 1945 (Wizardream, Torchwood, Heroes, Meteor, Stargate SG-1, Interceptor Force, The Crow, Tales from the Crypt, Ghostbusters, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, The Incredible Hulk, Man from Atlantis)
Bernard Hill b. 1944 (Outpost 11, Fairy Tales, Lord of the Rings, The Scorpion King)
Christopher Cazenove b. 1943 died 7 April 2010 (Charmed, Hammer House of Horror)
Marilyn Eastman b. 1943 (Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead)
Dave Madden b. 1931 died 16 January 2014 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Bewitched)
Armin Mueller-Stahl b. 1930 (Mission to Mars, The Thirteenth Floor, The X Files, Amerika)
Jacqueline Hill b. 1929 died 18 February 1993 (Tales of the Unexpected, Doctor Who, Out of This World)
Richard Long b. 1927 died 21 December 1974 (Twilight Zone, House on Haunted Hill)
Joan Woodbury b. 1915 died 22 February 1989 (The Time Travelers, King of the Zombies, The Bride of Frankenstein)

Notes from the birthday list. 

1. The Picture Slot. Last year, Milla Jovovich, this year Ernie Hudson. Using my usual "iconic" criterion, next year's contenders are Richard Long on the original Twilight Zone, Wes Studi from Mystery Men (yes, I'm the guy who liked that movie), Bill Pullman from Spaceballs or Independence Day and Giovanni Ribisi from Avatar.

2. Canadians walk amongst us.  We are hip deep in Canadians today and I don't expect anyone could get all eight. Matthew Harrison has the most typical C.V. from the 21st Century. Jayne Eastwood and Laurie Holden have resumes that include shows from last century as well. It's not hard trivia to know that SCTV was a Canadian show, so Eugene Levy should be no surprise. Three young actresses with short credit lists have tell-tale roles - Brittany Gray, Kate Hewlitt and Katheryn Winnick - are Canadian, Emma Bell is not.

3. Wait... he's dead? Wait... he's Canadian? I completely forgot that Dave Madden died this year, and I don't think I ever knew he was Canadian.

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


Movies released
TRON: Legacy released, 2010  
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King released, 2003

Predictor: Anonymous writer in the New York World, predicting the year 2011 in 1911

Prediction: New York, which was once a tiny city bounded by Yonkers and the ocean. has swallowed its suburbs, eaten up the adjacent counties. It is no longer a city - it is an urban region. Around the monstrous nucleus, the centre of business and pleasure, wherein no one lives outside working hours, extends in every direction the garden city which the ancient hygenists used to preach. In this smiling city, filled with parks and gardens, the New Yorker lives, if he has a family. There are a few bachelors, like John Smith, who prefer to dwell on the upper floors of skyscrapers on the edge of the business centre, but all others must have their own houses. There is no home so humble that it is not tied to the universe by telegraph and telephone, wireless of course. The moving sidewalks and subterranean railroads take them to and fro, to say nothing of the aerobuses and aerotrains. All these pretty homes are heated, cooled and lighted by electricity and provided with automatic apparatus that relieve their inhabitants from work.  

Reality: Our writer is repeating himself to some extent in this paragraph, so I will repeat how much his view of the future has in common with The Jetsons, which would come along about fifty years later. His view of New York City could be debated. Most folks still think it's The Four Boroughs and Staten Island, a.k.a. The Land That Time Forgot, but there definitely has been urban sprawl. In the rest of his vision, the things he gets wrong are the business-only borough of Manhattan, the scarcity of bachelors and those staples of predictions, moving sidewalks, flying cars and robot servants. What he gets right is almost all homes with wireless telephones and if we change the telegraph to the Internet, the near universal connection there. In 1911, it would have been very hard to see how big a deal radio would become, and television is an even bigger leap of faith.


 Never to be Forgotten: Booth Colman 1923-2014

This Monday, veteran character actor Booth Colman died. His best known genre role was as Dr. Zauis in the TV version of Planet of the Apes, but he had many other roles on TV and in film, including Star Trek: Voyager, Galactica 1980, Project U.F.O., Time Travelers, The Invaders, I Dream of Jeannie, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, Moonfleet and Them! He was never a regular on a long running TV show, but instead one of those Oh That Guy actors who made a living one role at a time from the 1950s through the first decade of this century, 176 credits in all.

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

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Our new Thursday regular is actually a source we have already seen but not completely exhausted. My only promise is that most of the predictions will be wrong.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

16 December 2014

 Birthdays
Jyoti Amge b. 1993 (American Horror Story)
Anna Popplewell b. 1988 (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Little Vampire)
Theo James b. 1984 (Allegiant, Insurgent, Divergent, Underworld: Awakening)
Kristen Ritter b. 1981 (Mission Control, Vamps)
Christina Cabot b. 1969 (The Incredible Hulk [2008])
Peter Dante b. 1968 (Little Nicky)
Paul Scherrer b. 1968 (Star Trek: Voyager, Quantum Leap, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Running Against Time)
Miranda Otto b. 1967 (Westworld [2015], I, Frankenstein, War of the Worlds, Lord of the Rings)
Benjamin Bratt b. 1963 (The Andromeda Strain [2008], Catwoman, Red Planet, Demolition Man)
James Mangold b. 1963 (director, The Wolverine)
Shane Black b. 1961 (writer, Iron Man 3, Last Action Hero, The Monster Squad)
Sam Robards b. 1961 (Vamped Out, A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
Xander Berkeley b. 1955 (12 Monkeys [2015 TV], Salem, Being Human, Kick-Ass, Repo Chick, Universal Soldier: The Return, NetForce, Gattaca, Apollo 11, Apollo 13, Roswell, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, The X-Files, Candyman, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Super Force, Not of This World, Twilight Zone [1986], V)
Bill Johnson b. 1951 (Supernatural Activity, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Future-Kill)
Allan Graf b. 1949 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Revolution, Knight Rider, Supernatural, Universal Soldier, Total Recall, Tales from the Crypt, The Wizard of Speed and Time, RoboCop [1987], Knight Rider, Space Rage, Misfits of Science, Poltergeist)
Christopher Biggins b. 1948 (A Christmas Carol [1977], The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Ben Cross b. 1947 (Jack the Giant Killer, Star Trek [2009], Lost City Raiders, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1997], Poltergeist: The Legacy, Tales from the Crypt, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Dark Shadows [1991], The Twilight Zone [1986])
Terence Knox b. 1946 (Gila!, The Burning Zone, SeaQuest 2032, Lois & Clark, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Deadly Nightmares, Twilight Zone [1989], V [1985])
Charles Dennis b. 1946 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Joyce Bulifant b. 1937 (The Shining [1997], Weird Science [TV])
Peter Schrum b. 1934 died 17 February 2003 (Quantum Leap, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Arena, Trancers, Galaxina)
Nicholas Courtney b. 1929 died 22 February 2011 (Doctor Who, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, The Champions)
Terry Carter b. 1928 (Battlestar Galactica [1979], The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping)
Philip K. Dick b. 1928 died 2 March 1982 (won 1963 Hugo for The Man in the High Castle)
Sir Arthur C. Clarke b. 1917 died 19 March 2008 (won 1974 Hugo and Nebula for Rendezvous with Rama, won 1980 Hugo and Nebula for The Fountains of Paradise)
Hollingworth Morse b. 1910 died 23 January 1988 (director, Ark II, Isis, Shazam!, H.R. Pufnstuf, Captain Nice, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Crash of Moons, Duel in Space, The Gypsy Moon)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Philip K Dick and this year Arthur C. Clarke. With all due respect, the writers are much more iconic than any of the actors on the list. I haven't seen any of the Alleginat/Insurgent/Divergent movies, but Theo James is second bill, so he could be considered iconic, though a geezer like me would have to be convinced. Besides Mr. James, Ben Cross is Sarek in the 21st Century Star Trek and Terry Carter was Colonel Tigh on the original Battlestar Galactica. I might also go with one of my favorite Oh That Guys Xander Berkeley. Though I likely won't use him, Allan Graf is a great stuntman and fight choreographer. While not in genre, some may remember him as the wife beater Russell Crowe beats up in L.A. Confidential or as Captain Turner, George Hurst's right hand man in Deadwood, another role where he gets the crap beaten out of him.

2. A Canadian walks among us. Charles Dennis, listed here for two Star Trek roles, was born in Canada. There's no way to guess his nationality from his C.V.

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



Predictor: W. Warren Wagar in A Short History of the Future, published 1991

Prediction: A case in point was the privatization of the postal systems in Canada and in the United States in the late 1990s, a move that led to a 250% increase in the productivity of the postal labor force.

Reality: In the predictions from this book, the overriding theme in the era we will look at is "Capitalism wins. Big." In reality, both the Canadian and Yankee postal systems are still not privatized and a 250% increase in productivity is an insulting fantasy. We can look at the private competitors to the post office, FedEx and UPS, and I don't think the service is that massively better than the mail.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Yet more fascinating tidbits from 2011 as envisioned in 1911.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

15 December 2014

Birthdays
Chandler Canterbury b. 1998 (The Host [2013], Fringe, Repo Men, Knowing, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Emma Lockhart b. 1994 (The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Batman Begins)
Sonalii Castillo b. 1984 (Heroes)
Camilla Luddington b. 1983 (True Blood)
Jessica Borden b. 1983 (Dark Skies, Her Morbid Desires)
Charlie Cox b. 1982 (Daredevil [2015], Stardust, A for Andromeda [2006])
George Gore II b. 1982 (The Nightmare Room, Devil’s Advocate)
Michelle Dockery b. 1981 (Selfless, Hogfather)
Brendan Fletcher b. 1981 (Altergeist, Leprechaun: Origins, 13 Eerie, Ring of Fire, BloodRayne: The Third Reich, Smallville, Supernatural, Ginger Snaps 2, Jake 2.0, Freddy vs. Jason, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Welcome to Paradox)
Victoria Summer b. 1981 (Terrordactyl, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dracula: Reborn, The Zombie Diaries)
Yuriy Kolokolnikov b. 1980 (Game of Thrones)
Adam Brody b. 1979 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Jennifer’s Body, The Ring, Smallville)
Geoff Stults b. 1977 (The Chronicle)
Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)
Stuart Townsend b. 1972 (Night Stalker [2006], AEon Flux, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned, Simon Magus)
Michael Shanks b. 1970 (Elysium, Stargate, Captain Starship, Smallville, Supernatural, Eureka, Mega Snake, Andromeda, Escape from Mars, Highlander [TV])
Ralph Ineson b. 1969 (The Witch, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Selfish Giant, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Merlin [2010 TV], Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Garrett Wang b. 1968 (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG-1)
Molly Price b. 1966 (Bionic Woman [2007])
Anjul Nigam b. 1965 (Terminator Salvation, Supernatural, Cloverfield, NetForce)
Helen Slater b. 1963 (Caper, Smallville, Supernatural, The Hidden Room, Supergirl)
Ellie Cornell b. 1963 (The Thirst, House of the Dead, Halloween 4 and 5)
Robert Charles Wilson b. 1953 (Won the 2006 Hugo for Spin)
Alex Cox b. 1954 (director, Repo Chick, Repo Man)
Marta DuBois b. 1952 (Land of the Lost [1992 TV], She-Wolf of London, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, Starman [TV], Voyagers!)
Don Johnson b. 1949 (From Dusk Till Dawn [2014 TV], Tales of the Unexpected, Revenge of the Stepford Wives, A Boy and his Dog)
Cassandra Harris b. 1948 died 28 December 1991 (Space: 1999)
David Gwillim b. 1948 (The Invisible Man [1984 TV], The Island at the Top of the World)
Thaao Penghlis b. 1945 (Altered States)
Morgan Paull b. 1944 died 17 July 2012 (Blade Runner, Beyond Westworld, The Swarm, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
Rueven Bar-Yotam b. 1935 (The Invisible Man, Small Wonder)
Tim Conway b. 1933 (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Shaggy D.A.)
Bob Todd b. 1921 died 21 October 1992 (Superman III, The Flying Sorcerer, Digby, The Biggest Dog in the World, Scars of Dracula)
Jack Gwillim b. 1909 died 2 July 2001 (The Monster Squad, Clash of the Titans, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, Jason and the Argonauts, A for Andromeda [1961])
Gordon Douglas b. 1907 died 29 September 1993 (director, Them!)

Notes on the Birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I used Garrett Wang from Star Trek: Voyager, since I consider any regular from a Star Trek show is iconic. This year it's Helen Slater from Supergirl, a throwback to days gone by when I had high hopes for nearly all genre movies. It was not Ms. Slater's fault the movie was so bad, the fault as usual starts with the writing. As for next year, the list doesn't have that many iconic roles on it, but I would say the favorite right now is Don Johnson from A Boy and His Dog, a movie from the 1970s when a post-apocalyptic world felt like a fresh concept. 

2. Spot the Canadians! There are two and their careers do give them away. Answers later today.

3. Other interesting trivia. Jack and David Gwillim are father and son, David born on his dad's 39th birthday. Poor Cassandra Harris, who died at 43, was Pierce Brosnan's wife.   

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

Movie released
Superman released, 1978
 
 
Predictor: The OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: The crucial test for earth scientists in the decades ahead may well be the ability to overcome the warming caused by pollution in the ozone layer and the build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. This trend, it is generally held, could have a disastrous impact on earth weather, even potentially altering the shorelines of many countries. As the situation worsens towards the end of the 20th Century, scientists will undertake a massive research effort, the atmospheric equivalent of the space race, to devise methods of removing the pollutants and re-balancing the atmosphere. The major breakthroughs will come a decade into the 21st Century and will lead to eventual climate control through manipulation of atmospheric conditions.

Reality: Oh, don't we wish! Climate change deniers like to say "Remember when we were told a new ice age was coming?" Those predictions were very few and overblown by the press. The consensus on global warming is well over three decades old and the petroleum industry is working as hard as they can to make it look as though the science isn't settled.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We hear from our new Tuesday regular W. Warren Wagar and his 1991 book A Short History of the Future.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

14 December 2014

Birthdays
Max Topplin b. 1989 (Carrie [2013], Dead Before Dawn 3D, Please Kill Mr. Know It All, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Haven, Fringe, The Incredible Hulk [2008])
Vanessa Hudgens b. 1988 (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sucker Punch, Beastly)
Joe Rokicki b. 1985 (Jack Frost)
Sophie Monk b. 1979 (Click, Monster!)
Patrick O’Brien Dempsey b. 1978 (Thor)
Martin Christopher b. 1977 (Fringe, Sanctuary, Stargate, Supernatural, Painkiller Jane, Eureka, Night at the Museum)
KaDee Strickland b. 1975 (The Grudge, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, The Stepford Wives [2004], The Sixth Sense [1999])
Thuy Trang b. 1973 died 3 September 2001 (The Crow: City of Angels, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Miranda Hart b. 1972 (Hyperdrive)
Michael Stoyanov b. 1970 (Space Station 76, The Dark Knight, Mom and Dad Save the World, Quantum Leap, Hard Time on Planet Earth)
Archie Kao b. 1969 (The Hill Have Eyes II, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Natascha McElhone b. 1969 (The Truman Show, Solaris, Feardotcom)
Ted Raimi b. 1965 (Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader, Legend of the Seeker, Supernatural, Planet Raptor, Spider-Man, The Man with the Screaming Brain, Odyssey 5, Invader ZIM, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Apollo 11 [TV], American Gothic, SeaQuest 2032, Army of Darkness, Candyman, Darkman, ALF, Alien Nation, Evil Dead I and II, Shocker)
Peter Murnik b. 1965 (Touch, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Armageddon, Quantum Leap)
Rebecca Gibney b. 1964 (Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Salem’s Lot [2004], Farscape, The Lost World, Sabrina, Down Under, Time Trax)
Don Franklin b. 1960 (Journeyman, Seven Days, Asteroid, SeaQuest 2032, Somewhere in Time)
Debbie Lee Carrington b. 1959 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mighty Joe Young [1998], Perversions of Science, Men in Black, Mom and Dad Save the World, Batman Returns, Total Recall, Spaced Invaders, Harry and the Hendersons, Howard the Duck, Invaders From Mars, Amazing Stories, Earthlings, Return of the Jedi)
Celia Weston b. 1951 (American Horror Story, Under the Dome, The Invasion, The Village, Hulk, K-PAX)
Paul Zaloom b. 1951 (Beakman’s World)
Vicki Michelle b. 1950 (C.O.O.L.I.O. Time Travel Gangster, Queen Kong, Space: 1999, Virgin Witch)
Dee Wallace b. 1948 (Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, Grimm, Robocroc, My Stepbrother is a Vampire!?!, Aliens from Uranus, Warehouse 13, Soupernatural, The House of the Devil, Halloween [2007], Abominable, The Frighteners, Alligator II: The Mutation, Critters, The Twilight Zone [1985], Cujo, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Howling, Man from Atlantis, The Hills Have Eyes, The Stepford Wives)
Lynn Marie Stewart b. 1946 (Here Come the Munsters, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse)
Patty Duke b. 1946 (Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], Journey to the Unknown, 4D Man)
Stewart Brand b. 1938 (writer, Space Colonies, The Media Lab)
Lee Remick b. 1935 died 2 July 1991 (Faerie Tale Theatre, The Medusa Touch, The Omen, Damn Yankees! [1967 TV Movie])
Lewis Arquette b. 1935 died 10 February 2001 (Little Nicky, Babylon 5, SeaQuest 2032, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman [1993], Tales from the Crypt, Quantum Leap, ALF, The Incredible Hulk, Man From Atlantis)
George Furth b. 1932 died 11 August 2008 (The Munsters Today, The Man with Two Brains, Megaforce, Sleeper, I Dream of Jeannie, Batman)
Joe Brooks b. 1923 died 5 December 2007 (Gremlins, Exo-Man, The Six Million Dollar Man, Batman, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Munsters)
Elyse Knox b. 1917 died 15 February 2012 (The Mummy’s Tomb)
Laurence Naismith b. 1908 died 5 June 1992 (Scrooge [1970], The Valley of Gwangi, The Invaders, Camelot, Jason and the Argonauts, Village of the Damned, Vampire Over London)
Frances Bavier b. 1902 died 6 December 1986 (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I had a picture of Natascha McElhone because... purdy. This year I'd like to give props to Dee Wallace, also purdy and the owner of a remarkable career. She has 211 credits on imdb.com and only a handful are voice work. She did have a few years as a regular on a few TV shows, but none of them were long lasting hits. It's not impossible for an actress to start working in her twenties and keep working into her sixties, but most who have accomplished that became stars like Meryl Streep or Bernadette Peters. Dee Wallace has done it the hard way, role by role, sometimes in big budget stuff, sometimes in small. Good on ya, Dee.

Next year, I can't say who will be in the Picture Slot. If I'm in an Oh That Guy mood, Ted Raimi is possible, if I want another fabulous babe I might sneak in Vanessa Hudgens from the quickly forgotten Sucker Punch, or I might go Oh That Girl and fabulous babe with Debbie Lee Carrington, one of the best known little person actresses.


2. Wait... she's dead? I had Lee Remick's name on last year's list but I failed to mark down that she died over twenty years ago. If I ever knew it - and I'm an obit fan, so I should have known it - the fact completely slipped my mind.

3. Spot the Canadians! There are two. I'll give the hint that both were born after 1975. Good luck.

4. Hey... no Star Trek! It does happen, but not that often. In just over two months of noting the Star Trek free days, this is the seventh.

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

Movies released
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released, 2012
I Am Legend released, 2007
King Kong released, 2005

 
Predictor: Philip K. Dick in Breakfast at Twilight, published first in the July 1954 issue of Amazing Stories

Prediction: A family has been bounced forward in time seven years to 1980 to a U.S. devastated by a nuclear war and invaded by Russian troops. The holocaust has gradually evolved out of a series of conflicts beginning with the Korean War. Russian robot-controlled bombardments are systematically destroying the entire country. When the family's house is bombed they are bounced back into their own time, but realize it is futile to warn their disbelieving contemporaries of the war they know is coming.

Reality: Once again, the vast majority of nuclear war stories I have found come from Paul Brians' great database and I thank him yet again.All I will add to the synopsis Professor Brians wrote is that as usual, PKD loves to play around with questions about the natural of reality.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another Monday, another dip into the gift that keeps on giving, The OMNI Future Almanac.

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