Friday, September 13, 2013
13 September 2013
Colin Trevorrow b. 1976 (Safety Not Guaranteed)
Clyde Kusatsu b. 1948 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Godzilla)
Frank Marshall b. 1946 (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, Amazing Stories)
Richard Kiel b. 1939 (The Twilight Zone, Eegah)
Don Bluth b. 1937 (The Land Before Time, The Secret of Nimh)
Barbara Bain b. 1931 (Space: 1999)
Roald Dahl b. 1916 died 23 November 1990 (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Daniel Defoe b.1660 died 24 April 1731 (Memoirs of Sundry Tranactions from the World of the Moon)
On today's birthday list, only one person is younger than I am and Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed is the only film or TV show on the list produced this century. As for the Cute Girl = Picture Slot rule, Barbara Bain has no competition here, but while I was looking for photos on Google, I saw this picture of her action figure, mint in box no less, and I just had to use it.
Many happy returns of the day to the living mentioned here.
Predictor: First episode of Space: 1999, first aired 04/09/1975
Reality: Okay, multiple problems here.
1. Turning radioactive waste into a bomb doesn’t just magically happen.
2. If the storage is on the far side of the moon, any resulting force should push the moon closer to the earth, not farther away.
3. Moon = big. One big explosion could change its orbit, but knocking it out of both the earth’s and the sun’s gravitational pull would take some doing, because gravity is working 24/7.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
A new regular feature for Saturdays debuts tomorrow, with a whole mess of folks from 1893 predicting what life will look like in 1993.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
(Note: This post has been fixed. An earlier version said the first date is 13 September 2000, but it was instead 1999. I likely mistyped it in my notes, since a quick check of my usual sources for such a date all agree on the 1999 date. I also slandered Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for shoddiness when the fault was mine. While this does not improve my opinion of the show in retrospect, the error was completely mine and I apologize. I would also like to thank Tom Singleton for sending the comment that let me correct this error. I am so happy people are reading this blog and the folks who send comments have been first rate without exception.)