Friday, November 1, 2013
1 November 2013
Natalia Tena b. 1984 (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones)
Logan Marshall-Green b. 1976 (Prometheus)
Toni Collette b. 1972 (The Sixth Sense)
Susanna Clarke b. 1959 (won the 2005 Hugo for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)
Rachel Ticotin b.1958 (Total Recall)
Peter Ostrum b. 1957 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Dennis Muren b. 1946 (special effects, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Terminator 2, Ghostbusters 2, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, Super 8)
Robert Foxworth b. 1941 (Babylon 5, Star Trek, Stargate, Transformers)
Jo Morrow b. 1939 (Three Worlds of Gulliver)
Barbara Bosson b. 1939 (The Last Starfighter, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Lois & Clark, Capricorn One)
Gordon Dickson b. 1923 died 31 January 2001 (author, Dragon Knight, Hoka series)
Malcolm Smith b. 1910 died 11 June 1966 (artist)
Edward Van Sloan b. 1882 died 6 March 1964 (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy)
A little biographical info on some of our names. Natalia Tena is Osha in Game of Thrones and Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter. Peter Ostrum had only one role in his career as Charlie in Willy Wonka. Dennis Muren is a Really Big Deal in special effects. Edward Van Sloan played Van Helsing in the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula and was also featured in several of the other 1930s Universal horror classics. But for the Picture Slot, I chose a pulp magazine cover from the late artist Malcolm Smith, because this blog just doesn't have enough giant blond snake women.
Many happy returns to all the living on our list.
Prediction: “For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about ‘The end of antibiotics, question mark?’ Well, now I would say you can change the title to ‘The end of antibiotics, period.’”
Predictor: Arjun Srinivasan associate director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Reality: I'm not an expert on this so I don't have any way of talking about the reality here. Dr. Srinivasan says the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA) from hospitals to school gyms and health clubs is a serious change in the already difficult to cure disease.
I have to say this puts a crimp in my weekend, because I had penciled in "bee colony collapse" as the gnawing fear in the back of my mind for the next few days. Now I have no idea what I will worry needlessly about, powerless to stop and uncertain about my knowledge base.
So... thanks a heap, Doc.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We go back to 1893 again and hear from Bill Nye the American Humorist Guy, not the Science Guy who is still alive today.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!