"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!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

1 May 2014

 Birthdays
Ariel Gade b. 1997 (Meteor, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Invasion)
Emilia Clarke b. 1987 (Terminator: Genesis, Game of Thrones, Triassic Attack)
Jamie Dornan b. 1982 (Once Upon a Time)
James Badge Dale b. 1978 (World War Z, Iron Man 3)
Darius McCrary b. 1976 (Transformers, Vampires: Los Muertos)
Julie Benz b. 1972 (Defiance, No Ordinary Family, Supernatural, Locusts: The 8th Plague, Angel, Buffy, Roswell, Darkdrive, Sliders)
Kendrick Cross b. 1971 (Witches of East End, Iron Man 3, Teen Wolf [TV])
John Diehl b. 1950 (Almost Human, Singularity Principle, Jericho, Jurassic Park III, The X-Files, Stargate, The Dark Side of the Moon, Beauty and the Beast [TV], Escape from New York)
Dann Florek b. 1950 (From the Earth to the Moon, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch)
Stephen Macht b. 1942 (Sliders, Millennium, The Legend of Galgameth, Babylon 5, Trancers, Deep Space Nine, Highlander [TV], The Monster Squad, Galaxina, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Joy Harmon b. 1940 (Village of the Giants, Bewitched, Batman)
Terry Southern b. 1924 died 29 October 1995 (writer, Barbarella)
Glenn Ford b. 1916 died 30 August 2006 (Day of Resurrection, Superman, The Visitor)

As I have said before, Game of Thrones is trump while it is airing and Emilia Clarke as Danerys Stormborn is easily the most iconic role on today's list, especially for younger viewers. I used Julie Benz from Buffy last year before I did more research and I might use Joy Harmon from Village of the Giants next year because... reasons.

All that said, the one movie star on the list is Glenn Ford, but he only showed up in genre at the very end of his career.

Movies released
X-Men Origins: Wolverine released 2009

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: Downtown streets will have moving conveyor type sidewalks. They will carry you from one store or office to another-as you sit on a portable golf-type stool if you like.

Reality: Airports, yes, downtown streets, no. This is the seventh moving sidewalk prediction and they range in time from John Elfreth Watkins and T. Baron Russell at the beginning of the century to Asimov, Heinlein and others in the 1950s and 1960s. De Forest gets a goose egg on this one, and not even points for originality.

This month's splash photo: Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) designed the Futurama exhibit for General Motors' pavilion in the 1939 World's Fair. His streamlined shapes are a major influence on nearly all the futurists that came after him. He is also the father of the actress Barabara Bel Geddes and the author Joan Ulanov. As a tip of the hat to regular commenter Zombie Rotten McDonald, at least this design has windows, unlike the bus that was the April splash page.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We give Dr. Paul Ehrlich the week off to get a prediction for 2017 ripped from the business section this week.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

3 comments:

  1. Moving sidewalks! throw in some pneumatic tubes and personal jetpacks, and you've got a FUTURE!

    ...not to be a quibbler, but Terry Southern also wrote Dr. Strangelove and The Magic Christian.

    Thanks for the hat tip! I like windows.

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    1. Southern did write those, but I don't consider either of them sci-fi.

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    2. you're a tough grader, Prof. Tough, but fair.

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