Saturday, April 5, 2014
5 April 2014
Hayley Atwell b. 1982 (Captain America, The Prisoner )
Krista Allen b. 1971 (Alien Presence, Paycheck, Andromeda, Mutant X, Smallville, Charmed, The X-Files, Weird Science [TV], Emmanuelle, Queen of the Galaxy)
Arthur Adams b. 1963 (artist, Monkeyman and O’Brien)
Lana Clarkson b. 1962 (Barbarian Queen, Amazon Women on the Moon, Amazing Stories, Brainstorm, Deathstalker)
Greg Anderson b. 1961 (Stargate, The 4400, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Outer Limits, The New Addams Family, Millennium, The X-Files)
Lisa Zane b. 1961 (Dinotopia, Monkeybone, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare)
Mitch Pileggi b. 1952 (Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis, Reaper, The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, Vampire in Brooklyn, Knight Rider 2000, Alien Nation, Shocker, Return of the Living Dead II)
Larry Franco b. 1949 (producer, 2012, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Batman Begins, Hulk, Jurassic Park III, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks!, Jumanji, Batman Returns, The Rocketeer, They Live, Prince of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China, Starman, The Thing, Escape from New York)
Max Gail b. 1943 (Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Quantum Leap, Amazing Stories, Tales of the Unexpected)
Michael Moriarity b. 1941 (Deadly Skies, Neverwas, The 4400, Taken, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Outer Limits, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Poltergiest: The Legacy, Strange World, A Return to Salem’s Lot, It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive, Troll, The Stuff, Q)
Frank Gorshin b. 1933 died 17 May 2005 (The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park, Black Scorpion, Twelve Monkeys, Lois & Clark, The Meteor Man, Monsters, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Legends of the Superheroes, Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Batman, The Munsters, Invasion of the Saucer Men)
Nigel Hawthorne b. 1929 died 26 December 2001 (Demolition Man, Firefox)
Roger Corman b. 1926 (producer, 408 credits on imdb.com and I’ll be damned if I’m typing in all of them)
Robert Bloch b. 1917 died 23 September 1994 (writer, Cthulhu Mythos, Star Trek)
Gregory Peck b. 1916 died 12 June 2003 (The Boys from Brazil, The Omen, Marooned)
Bette Davis b. 1908 died 6 October 1989 (Wicked Stepmother, The Watcher in the Woods, Return from Witch Mountain)
Quite a collection on today's birthday list. On the oldest end of our list, we have two honest two Zeus movie stars in Bette Davis and Gregory Peck who did a little slumming at the end of their careers. At the youngest, several fabulous babes including Krista Allen, who was able to stay in the business after starting out in softcore porn. In the middle of the list, it's mainly actors who did most of their work on TV, including Frank Gorshin in the Picture Slot. I also considered Mitch Pileggi from The X-Files, the prolific producer Roger Corman and Lana Clarkson, who is sadly now known as Phil Spector's murder victim.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
First Contact Day
In the Star Trek universe, the Vulcans show up on Earth on 5 April, 2013. This prediction date is beyond the time limit I set, but it's important to the fans, so I will mark the day each year.
Predictor: Iron Sky, released April 2012 in Europe
Prediction: In 2018, an expedition to the dark side of the moon discovers a Nazi base built in 1945.
Reality: This odd little film, produced by companies from Finland, Germany and Australia, is more of an alternate timeline speculative fiction than an actual prediction.
Unless... the Germans did build a base on the dark side of the moon and NASA is just keeping the information hidden from us!
No, wait, this is called Reality. The movie is just fiction.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Since our friends from 1893 got pre-empted today, I'm going to move them to the Sunday slot and avoid a nuclear war story this week.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!