Thursday, February 20, 2014
20 February 2014
Miles Teller b. 1987 (Divergent, Fantastic Four )
Lauren Ambrose b. 1978 (Torchwood, Psycho Beach Party)
Ophelie Winter b. 1974 (2001: A Space Travesty)
Kimberly Davies b. 1973 (Psycho Beach Party)
Lily Taylor b. 1967 (Almost Human, The Conjuring, Hemlock Grove, The Haunting, The X-Files)
David Herman b. 1967 (Futurama, Dude, Where’s My Car, Idiocracy, Angel)
Ron Eldard b. 1965 (Super 8, Deep Impact, Drop Dead Fred)
Willie Garson b. 1964 (Stargate SG-1, What Planet Are You From?, The X-Files, Being John Malkovich, Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy, Mars Attacks!, Quantum Leap, Repossessed)
Rodney Rowland b. 1964 (American Horror Story, FlashForward, Charmed, Angel, The Sixth Day, Dark Angel, The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond)
French Stewart b. 1964 (Rise of the Zombies, Stargate, Clockstoppers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Charmed)
Joel Hodgson b. 1960 (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves)
Anthony Stewart Head b. 1954 (Dominion, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Warehouse 13, Merlin, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Doctor Who, Buffy, VR.5, Highlander [TV])
Jennifer O’Neill b. 1948 (Poltergeist: The Legacy [TV], Scanners)
Peter Strauss b. 1947 (Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone)
Brion James b. 1945 died 7 August 1999 (Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills, The Fifth Element, Cyberjack, Highlander [TV], M.A.N.T.I.S., Knight Rider 2010, Future Shock, Time Runner, Nemesis, Mutator, Cherry 2000, Annihilator, Blade Runner, Galactica 1980, The Incredible Hulk [TV])
Marj Dusay b. 1936 (Galactica 1980, Star Trek)
Richard Matheson b. 1926 died 23 June 2013 (author, I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come)
Robert Altman b. 1925 died 20 November 2006 (director, Quintet)
Pierre Boulle b. 1912 died 30 January 1994 (author, Planet of the Apes)
Malcolm Atterbury b. 1907 died 16 August 1992 (Twilight Zone, The Invaders, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Gale Gordon b. 1906 died 30 June 1995 (The Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock)
Now that's a birthday list. There are a bunch of people more famous for work outside genre like Gale Gordon, Robert Altman, Jennifer O'Neill, Peter Strauss and Willie Garson, and several people with only one of two credits total. But there are so many people who count as iconic it was hard to choose. If it was just based on my own fanboy tendencies, it would have been a coin flip between Joel Hodgson from MST3K and Anthony Stewart Head from Buffy. Other perfectly understandable choices would have been French Stewart from 3rd Rock or the writer Richard Matheson. But instead I chose a still of Brion James from Blade Runner, yet another great Oh That Guy actor who is no longer with us. His role in The Fifth Element would also have been very recognizable.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: The Bay Area Rapid Transit designers from 1956
Prediction: The BART system as it was envisioned if all nine Bay Area counties had joined.
Here's the website I nicked the prediction map from.
As for reality, the only counties that bought in originally were San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa. For non-locals, that means most of the East Bay and the city limits of San Francisco. Now the system moves slightly into San Mateo county just south of San Francisco and there's always plans to extend it south to San Jose, which would mean Santa Clara County. There are no plans currently to connect the northwestern counties like Marin, Napa, Sonoma or Solano.
Still, I really love looking at the original dream.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
There are still a few Wired Long Bets to report on, and tomorrow's has already passed its date of prediction.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!