"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

16 November 2013

Maggie Gyllenhall b. 1977 (The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko)
Gigi Edgley b. 1977 (Farscape)
Missi Pyle b. 1972 (Galaxy Quest, Heroes)
Harry Lennix b. 1964 (Man of Steel, Dollhouse, The Matrix Reloaded)
Marg Helgenberger b. 1958 (Species)
Steve Railsback b. 1945 (Lifeforce, The X-Files)
Jose Saramago b. 1922 (author, Blindness)
Burgess Meredith b. 1907 died 9 September 1997 (The Twilight Zone, Batman, Clash of the Titans)

Plenty of choices using the Pretty Girl = Picture Slot formula, but because I am of a certain age and very keen on my memories of The Twilight Zone, you are now looking at a picture of the late Burgess Meredith from one of his several appearances.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list.

Movies released
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released 2001
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 released 2012
Predictor: Thomas J. Morgan, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1889-1893, predicting the state of Native American in 1993, making his predictions as part of the lead-up to the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. (Sorry I couldn't find a picture. I know how keen Zombie Rotten McDonald is on prime 19th Century facial hair.)

Predictions (reality): Note: Mr. Morgan never uses the term Native American, which wouldn't become the preferred term until  decades later.

The number of Indians is now 250,000. A hundred years hence, they will number a million or so. (1990 census put the number at 1,959,000, so off by about a factor of two. In 1893, only one in every 260 people in the United States was a native; it rose to about 1 in 125, slightly less than 1%.)

Some tribes will become wholly extinct. The Sioux and the Navajo will continue to thrive. (Both sentences are true.)

There will here and there be wandering bands of blanket beggars. (Hmm, not so much.)

The tribes will disappear and the agencies will become a thing of the past, thus disposing of the much-abused Indian agents, whether civilian or Army officers. The friction between the Interior and the War Departments will be produced by other causes. (The Bureau of Indian Affairs still exists. Morgan saw himself as a crusading liberal, but during his watch came the last three major atrocities committed against the native Americans by the U.S. Army, all in South Dakota at Buffalo Gap, Stronghold and most famously at Wounded Knee.)

Army officers, having no longer an excuse for trying to run the Indian Office, will seek other fields for the exercise of their talents. (Yep. People no longer leave West Point dreaming to making their name wiping out the people who were here before us.)

There will spring up a new aristocracy, claiming distinction by reason of Indian descent. It will be almost as desirable as to belong to New York's "Four Hundred". (That might be going a little far, but people do like to claim some Native ancestry, though sometimes the genealogy is sketchy.)

Some of the finest poetry ever penned will find its inspiration and material in Indian history, and a whole generation of novelists will win fame and favor by stories whose leading characters are of Indian descent. (I'm not sure Tony Hillerman counts as an entire generation. There certainly many poems that deal with Native American themes.)

An Indian will command the United States Army. (Not so far. With the exception of Colin Powell, the pictures of the heads of the Joint Cheifs of Staff look pretty damned pasty to me.)

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Sunday is Martian Chronicles day.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. There are some wonderful and successful Native-American poets and writers. My favorites are; Sherman Alexie, N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, Leslie Silko and James Welch. Check 'em out.

    1. Always happy to see more info included in the comments. I have read Alexie and Harjo, but I wonder if poetry has been completely eclipsed by lyrics now in the modern age.

    2. I don't know, possibly. Frankly some of the Hip-Hop lyrics of the 80s and 90s were quite poetic, much better than the poetry slams of the past few years.

  2. I remember that episode of "The Twilight Zone" with Burgess Meredith. It still gives me the chills.

    1. Interestingly this is the one I also remember as the quintessential Twilight Zone episode.

    2. You aren't alone, Mr. Prosser. According to the Wikipedia page, A poll of fans rated this one the most memorable, beating out To Serve Man by a long stretch. The same page says this was Rod Serling's favorite along with The Invaders starring Agnes Moorehead.


  3. so, basically you were stunned into an inability to choose a Purdy Girl, and in a panic selected The Penguin?


    Dunno about his facial hair choices in that picture, though. I suppose that as an actor, blame for that lies with the makeup artist, or perhaps costumes.


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