Helena Bonham Carter b. 1966
Tarsem Singh b. 1961
Ron Donachie b. 1956
Peter Cushing b. 1913 died 11 August 1994
Regular readers will know I usually go with the pretty girl in the picture slot, but when you see tomorrow's birthday list, it becomes obvious that Cushing has to be the pick today, no disrespect to Ms. Carter intended. Singh is a director of several genre films and Donachie plays Ser Rodrick Cassel on Game of Thrones.
X-Men: The Last Stand released, 2006
Prediction: In 1973, the Seaview, designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, sets off on its maiden voyage, piloted by Commander Lee Crane.
Predictor: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, first aired September 1964
Reality: Over the next few weekends, we will commemorate Irwin Allen. And by "commemorate", I mean "rake over the coals". Allen made several of the worst TV shows ever produced. This one was merely dull and unfocused, two of the trademarks of Irwin Allen productions, but it did avoid the third important feature of several Allen shows, creepiness.
Many serious fans of science fiction had a lot of negative things to say about Star Trek when it first aired, but compared to Irwin Allen, Gene Roddenberry was a wonderful breath of fresh air. To take one small example, Voyage had a regular cast entirely comprised of white males. Just two years later, Star Trek had a cast that was integrated both in terms of ethnicity and gender, though the upper levels of Starfleet were still pretty much all white guys.
To show Voyage some respect, I will say the flying sub looked cool. The physics of a flying sub is nearly impossible, but if I had been a fan of the show, I totally would have bought the model kit.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another dip into the OMNI Future Almanac, a great source of predictions that should have transpired by now.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!