Thursday, April 3, 2014
3 April 2014
Cobie Smulders b. 1982 (Avengers, Captain America, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Andromeda, Jeremiah, Smallville)
Alessandro Juliani b. 1978 (Man of Steel, Continuum, Eve of Destruction, Fringe, Smallville, Dinosaur Train, Riverworld, Alice [TV], Reaper, Battlestar Galactica, The Time Tunnel , Stargate SG-1, Earthsea, Jeremiah, Welcome to Paradox)
Matthew Goode b. 1978 (Watchmen)
Jamie Bamber b. 1973 (Star Trek Continues, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, The Devil’s Tattoo)
Adam Scott b. 1973 (Piranha 3D, Wonderfalls, Star Trek: First Contact)
Ben Mendelsohn b. 1969 (The Dark Knight Rises, Farscape)
Eddie Murphy b. 1961 (The Haunted Mansion, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Doctor Dolittle, Vampire in Brooklyn)
David Hyde Pierce b. 1959 (Hellboy, Addams Family Values, Vampire’s Kiss, The Terminator)
Alec Baldwin b. 1958 (Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Thomas and the Magic Railroad, The Shadow, Beetlejuice)
Wolf Kahler b. 1940 (Cockneys vs Zombies, Loch Ness, Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Lawrence Dane b. 1937 (Phenomenon II, MythQuest, Stargate SG-1, The Time Shifters, Highlander: The Raven, Bride of Chucky, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Darkman II, Millenium, Bionic Showdown, Scanners, The Invaders)
Kevin Hagen b. 1928 died 9 July 2005 (Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Twilight Zone)
Timothy Bateson b. 1926 died 16 September 2009 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hogfather, My Hero, Relic Hunter, Merlin, Neverwhere, Doctor Who, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Day the Earth Caught Fire)
Marlon Brando b. 1924 died 1 July 2004 (Superman, The Island of Dr. Moreau)
Jan Sterling b. 1921 died 26 March 2004 (1984 )
Washington Irving b. 1783 died 28 November 1859 (author, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
There are several people on the list that count as movies stars - Marlon Brando, Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin - and Jan Sterling and Coibe Smulders easily qualify for the Pretty Girl = Picture Slot, but today I went with Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica. I should also note that Kevin Hagen as Inspector Kobick on Land of the Giants was the most recurring role outside the main cast.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks fr all the memories.
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: Miniature TV sets, completely portable, and flat surface sets hung like pictures on your wall will be old-hat.
Reality: Another very good call by Dr. de Forest today. Flat screen technology was available to the public by mid 1990s, but the price was very high, so my only quibble would be the phrase "old hat". In 2014, plasma screens are old hat, but in 2000 they still counted as new stuff.
We have many more predictions from de Forest to enjoy, but this is the last one about communications, his field of expertise. Once he gets onto other subjects, his batting average suffers quite a bit.
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