Still from Earth vs. Flying Saucers

Still from <i>Earth vs. Flying Saucers</i>
Still from Earth vs. Flying Saucers

Thursday, March 13, 2014

13 March 2014

Birthdays
Kaya Scodelario b. 1992 (Clash of the Titans, Moon)
Harry Melling b. 1989 (Harry Potter)
Emile Hirsch b. 1985 (Speed Racer, Gargantua)
Noel Fisher b. 1984 (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Battle Los Angeles, Final Destination 2, Andromeda)
Danny Masterson b. 1976 (Haven, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Dracula 2000, The Faculty, Star Kid, American Gothic, Sliders)
Chris Ashworth b. 1975 (Space Warriors, Terminator Salvation)
Common b. 1972 (Terminator Salvation, Wanted)
Annabeth Gish b. 1971 (FlashForward, Once Upon a Time, The X-Files)
Tim Story b. 1970 (director, Fantastic Four, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
Steve Bacic b. 1965 (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Smallville, Supernatural, Stargate: Continuum, Battlestar Galactica: Razor, Flash Gordon [TV], Blade: The Series [TV], Andromeda, X-Men 2, Dark Angel, The 6th Day, BeastMaster [TV], Earth: Final Conflict, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], The X-Files, Highlander [TV], M.A.N.T.I.S.)
Arturo Gil b. 1960 (Saul of the Mole Men, Charmed, Monkeybone, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], Third Rock from the Sun, Leprechaun 2, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Spaceballs)
Dana Delany b. 1956 (Battlestar Galactica)
William H. Macy b. 1950 (Jurassic Park III, Mystery Men, Pleasantville, Evolver)
Leslie Parrish b. 1935 (Logan’s Run [TV]. The Giant Spider Invasion, Star Trek, Batman)
Grant Woods b. 1932 died 31 October 1968 (Star Trek, The Green Hornet, Batman)
Peter Breck b. 1929 died 6 February 2012 (The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Outer Limits, The Crawling Hand)
L. Ron Hubbard b. 1911 died 24 January 1986 (author, Battlefield Earth)
Paul Fix b. 1901 died 14 October 1983 (Battlestar Galactica [1979], The Six Million Dollar Man, Night of the Lepus, Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Dr. Cyclops)

Let's cut right to the chase.

L. Ron Hubbard. No relation as far as I know.

For importance to science fiction, he outshines everybody else on the list, but I despise his legacy, so I'm reluctant to put him in the Picture Slot. The most iconic actor might well be Harry Melling, the kid who played Harry Potter's awful cousin Dudley Dursley, but dirty old man that I am, I decided to use the Pretty Girl = Picture Slot rule and put up a picture of Leslie Parrish from her Star Trek episode as the Enterprise crew member to whom Apollo takes a fancy. Ms. Parrish had a lot of roles in non-genre films as well. I particularly recall her as Daisy Mae in the film musical Li'l Abner.

A couple other Star Trek trivia points. Paul Fix played the doctor in the second pilot episode of Star Trek, but was replaced by DeForest Kelley in the rest of the series. (John Hoyt played the doctor in the first pilot with Jeffrey Hunter.) Grant Woods played Lt. Kelowitz in three episodes, but the poor guy died in 1968 at the age of 32.

Many happy returns to the living on the list, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
In the Year 2000!

Predictor: Lee de Forest, "The Father of Radio", predicting the world of 2000 in the 17 January 1960 edition of the Sunday supplement American Weekly.

Prediction:  A miniature TV screen will let you see the person you are phoning. (By accepting a less-detailed image than that of home TV, we already can send such pictures over telephone wires and narrow radio bands.) You can also see items you may be considering for purchase, from small products to pieces of real estate.

Reality: This is a continuation of de Forest's prediction about mobile phones from last week. The first cell phone with a camera was released in 2000, so I'm going to give him full points once again. He is going to strike out a few times over the next few months, but he has a lot of very good calls as well.


Never to be forgotten: Richard Coogan 1914-2014

Most of Richard Coogan's career was in Westerns, the most popular movie and TV genre back in his day, but he was first actor to assume the title character in the early sci-fi show Captain Video and his Video Rangers. (imdb.com says just one episode, Wikipedia says for 17 months.) You can find episodes on YouTube, though I don't know if they have Coogan's claim to sci-fi fame.


Best wishes to the family and friends of Richard Coogan, the original Captain Video. He is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Paul Erhlich has more dire warnings about population from the late 1960s. Spoiler alert: He's almost completely wrong.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

4 comments:

  1. In addition to being a lovely woman, Ms. Parrish' role in that Star Trek episode is certainly iconic, it cannot be denied. At least from the standpoint of a certain pubescent zombie.

    It reminds me of an anecdote from The Making of Star Trek. William Ware Theiss was talking about the costume design he did for the series, and the way he liked to expose unexpected parts of the body to titillate while steering clear of the sensors. Apparently this gown, against all expectations, was not held in place by double sided tape or other costumers' tricks; as Theiss puts it, "..it was supported solely by Ms. Parrish's ....umm, assets". It seems it was the cause of much distraction on the set during shooting.

    Thank you, Mr. Theiss. Thank you.

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    1. I went back to look at the picture. I'm distracted just thinking about it.

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  2. A few addenda:
    Common was also in "Wanted" which might barely qualify as SF because it included a few biological anomalies and "bending bullets" and was based (very loosely) on a comic book.
    Danny Masterson was in one of the worst-reviewed episodes of "Sliders" called "Stoker" in which he played a Renfield-type character called ... "Renfield" ... on a world where vampires were real. He might prefer to forget that part of his resume.

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    1. Thanks for the help, as always. Sometimes I scan the imdb.com lists too quickly.

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