"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!

Monday, April 7, 2014

7 April 2014

Birthdays
Ed Speleers b. 1988 (Love Bite, Witchville, Eragon)
Jack Johnson b. 1987 (Lost in Space)
Kyle Labine b. 1983 (Lost Girl, V, Reaper, Ogre, Flash Gordon, Supernatural, Freddy vs. Jason, Halloween: Resurrection, Goosebumps, My Secret Identity)
Jace Alexander b. 1964 (director, The Tomorrow People, Warehouse 13, Xena)
Russell Crowe b. 1964 (Man of Steel, Virtuosity)
Stan Winston b. 1948 died 15 June 2008 (special effects)
Gabrielle Beaumont b. 1942 (director, Star Trek, Beastmaster: The Eye of Braxus, SeaQuest 2032, The Greatest American Hero) Gordon Kaye b. 1941 (Brazil, Jabberwocky)
Francis Ford Coppola b. 1939 (director, Dracula [1999], Captain EO, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Terror, Dementia 13)
Del Monroe b. 1936 died 5 June 2009 (The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel)
Yvonne Fedderson b. 1935 (I Was a Teenage Werewolf)
Ian Richardson b. 1934 died 9 February 2007 (Dark City, Brazil, Hogfather, Strange, From Hell, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Canterville Ghost, Highlander [TV])
R. G. Armstrong b. 1917 died 27 July 2012 (Millennium, Warlock: The Armageddon, Quantum Leap, Beauty and the Beast, Children of the Corn, Predator, Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell, The Car, The Invaders, The Time Tunnel, Twilight Zone)
Anthony Caruso b. 1916 died 4 April 2003 (The Incredible Hulk, Star Trek, The Time Tunnel, The Addams Family)
Stanley Adams b. 1915 died 27 April 1977 (Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Star Trek, The Clones, Batman, The Addams Family, Twilight Zone, The Atomic Kid, Captain Midnight)
Gavin Gordon b. 1901 died 7 April 1983 (The Bride of Frankenstein)

Okay, a little info on this very spread out list.

One role? Jack Johnson played Will Robinson in the forgettable big budget film Lost in Space, Yvonne Fedderson is second bill to Michael Landon in I Was a Teenage Werewolf and Gavin Gordon was Lord Byron in The Bride of Frankenstein.

Behind the camera: Francis Ford Coppola gets his mention mainly for Dracula, while Gabrielle Beaumont was very often in the director's chair in the Next Generation show and its spin-offs. Jace Alexander works a lot on TV. But the real behind the scenes genre star here is Stan Winston for make-up and special effects. Just a smattering of the highlights of his career includes Terminator, Predator, Aliens, Galaxy Quest, Avatar and Iron Man.

Movie stars? Well, Russell Crowe, obviously, but only two genre roles I could find.

Oh That Guy? Oh, yeah. Stanley Adams did comedy and was Cyrano Jones on The Trouble With Tribbles. Anthony Caruso played Italians, often mobsters, and was a gangster in the Piece of the Action on Star Trek. R.G. Armstrong played a whole mess of cowboys and rural folk, but was on The Invaders, The Time Tunnel and Twilight Zone  back in the 1960s.

And the Picture Slot goes to... Ian Richardson as Mr. Book in Dark City, one of the few sci-fi movies whose plot is as good as the look of the film, which is awesome.

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


Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction (reality in parentheses): Countries that would launch their first communication satellites after 1982 but still in the 20th Century.

Austria (not until 2013)
Brazil (1985)
Luxembourg (1985)
Sweden (1986)
Switzerland (not until 2009 by India)

More reality: Here is the list of countries that have satellites from the 20th Century that the OMNI Future Almanac did not mention.

Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Pakistan, South Korea, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Egypt, Chile, Singapore, Taiwan, Denmark

Never to be Forgotten: Mickey Rooney 1920-2014

Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93. His film career started in 1926 and has a credit that is filming in 2014. For me, he gets on the list of genre actors because he was on the original Twilight Zone, but other roles in sci-fi and fantasy include Night at the Museum, Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights, Conan [TV], Eric the Viking and the 1954 comedy The Atomic Kid, pictured here. Yes, a prospector is exposed to radiation and the laffs just keep on coming.

Of course, most people will remember him for his work with Judy Garland and in the Andy Hardy series. While much of his early career is in the era when what we would now call over-acting was the norm, he also has some beautifully played quieter work. My favorite is as the former jockey who becomes a horse trainer in The Black Stallion. My friend Ken Walter was in the orchestra playing trumpet for the touring show of Sugar Babies many years ago and says every night, Rooney was different and progressively better.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Mickey Rooney, a man who can fairly be called a show business legend, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We give Ray Kurzweil the week off and let ESPN tell us about the 2014 baseball season.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

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