Friday, February 21, 2014
21 February 2014
Sophie Turner b. 1996 (Game of Thrones)
Ashley Greene b. 1987 (Twilight Saga)
Ellen Page b. 1987 (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Inception, X-Men: The Last Stand, ReGenesis)
Christopher Yost (writer, Thor: The Dark World, Max Steel)
Kelsey Grammer b. 1955 (Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: The Last Stand, Toy Story 2, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Mimi Kuzyk b. 1952 (The Day After Tomorrow, Total Recall 2070, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Seaquest 2032, Quantum Leap)
Larry Drake b. 1950 (Gryphon, Firefly, Stargate SG-1, Timequest, Star Trek: Voyager, Prey, Darkman)
Frank Brunner b. 1949 (illustrator)
Anthony Daniels b. 1946 (Star Wars)
Alan Rickman b. 1946 (Harry Potter, Galaxy Quest, Alice in Wonderland , The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dogma, Truly Madly Deeply)
Richard Beymer b. 1939 (The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Gary Lockwood b. 1937 (2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Dark Skies, Superboy, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Earth II, The Magic Sword)
George Mitchell b. 1905 died 18 January 1972 (The Andromeda Strain, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone, Invasion of the Animal People)
Celia Lovsky b. 1897 died 12 October 1979 (Soylent Green, Star Trek, Twilight Zone)
Anybody count as iconic on this list? Let's see, we have Sansa Stark, C-3P0, Snape and Dr. Lazarus (I went with Rickman last year), Dr. Frank Poole and Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell. There are multiple choice for fabulous babes, including Ellen Page who made some news this month by coming out. If I wanted to go Oh That Guy, there's Larry Drake and George Mitchell, whose best known work is done after he turns fifty. But because I am a nerd of a certain age, you are looking at Celia Lovsky as T'Pau. I mean really, are thee Vulcan or are thee Human?
Many happy returns of the day to all the living on our list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Jason Epstein, former editorial director Random House
Reality: Epstein not only made this bet around 1999, he was the founder of 3BillionBooks, the company that makes the Espresso Book Machine, which Wikipedia says has been installed at about fifty places around the world, mainly in libraries. He did this in hopes that streamlining the book manufacturing process would save on distribution costs and the cost of destruction of unsold books. He's in the business and I'm not, but thinking this idea would take off so fast was just crazy dreaming. While books wouldn't have to be shipped, raw materials still would and anyplace buying into this also has to deal with the upkeep of the machines. In any case, Epstein was on the hook for $10,000 back in 2010 when that year came and went and his business was nowhere near half of the industry.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
The return of the predictions of a contest winner published in 1956 in the 30th anniversary issue of Amazing Stories.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!