Saturday, May 10, 2014
10 May 2014
Odette Annable b. 1985 (Astronaut Wives Club, The Unborn, Cloverfield, Transformers)
Cary Guffy b. 1972 (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Emma Ridley b. 1972 (Return to Oz)
Leslie Stefanson b. 1971 (Unbreakable, Flubber )
John Scalzi b. 1969 (won 2013 Hugo for Redshirts)
Eric Palladino b. 1968 (666 Park Avenue, Fringe, Reaper, Strange Frequency)
Jason Brooks b. 1966 (Asteroid vs Earth, Revolution, Torchwood, Super 8, No Ordinary Family, Star Trek , Charmed, Flying Virus)
Tracy Tweed b. 1965 (Johnny Mnemonic, Harry and the Hendersons [TV])
Meg Foster b. 1948 (Xena, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Sliders, Space Marines, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Oblivion, Quantum Leap, Leviathan, The Twilight Zone, Masters of the Universe, They Live, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Sixth Sense [TV])
David Clennon b. 1943 (Ghost Phone: Phone Calls from the Dead, Star Trek: Voyager, From the Earth to the Moon, Beauty and the Beast, The Right Stuff, The Thing )
Jonathan Hales b. 1937 (screenwriter, Star Wars , Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Scorpion King)
George Coe b. 1929 (Supernatural, Smallville, The Lone Gunmen, The Omega Code, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Max Headroom, The Entity, The Stepford Wives)
Margaret Field b. 1922 died 6 November 2011 (Twilight Zone, The Man from Planet X)
Charles McGraw b. 1914 died 30 July 1980 (Twilight’s Last Gleaming, A Boy and his Dog, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
The Picture Slot is given to Meg Foster, she of the scary blue eyes, pictured here as Evil Lyn in the Masters of the Universe movie that starred Dolph Lundgren. I'd like to say I never saw it, but that would be a lie and I think we all know that. Moreover, what is seen cannot be unseen.
As for other fun facts to know and tell from this list, Emma Ridley and Cary Guffy and both child actors with short careers, unlike Margaret Field, who had a long career but may be best known as Sally Field's mom, a fitting tidbit on this weekend particularly.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
TV shows aired
Cold Comfort Farm airs 1996
The TV show, like the book, spends most of the time out on the country where things are like the 19th Century, but it is supposed to be set in the fantastic future of 1950, where London has flying taxis and TV phones.
Predictor: The October 27, 1951 edition of Collier's Magazine, multiple stories in an issue entitled The War We Do Not Want.
Prediction: This special issue was devoted entirely to the depiction of a war with the USSR which results in the destruction of Russian communism and that nation's joyful adoption of the American way of life. Despite its hypocritical title, this is the ultimate cold war fantasy. Fictional articles and reportage, stories, and even cartoons and sketches are coordinated in a uniform scenario.
On May 10, 1952, the Russians and their allies try to assassinate Tito and invade Yugoslavia. Communist saboteurs attack the U.S. (these are professional infiltrators; members of the American Communist party are scorned), and Soviet troops march across Western Europe and into the Middle East.
On May 10, 1953, Washington, D.C., is finally hit, catapulting Lincoln out of his monument onto his nose. Bombs are launched at other targets from submarines near the shore. Public outrage creates a demand to bomb Moscow.
Reality: This description of the issue is taken from Paul Brians' excellent website about nuclear in fiction.
It's a little funny to see this right wing fantasy from 63 years ago have the good guy soldier in a uniform of the United States and the United Nations, because that combo is the modern conservative's worst nightmare.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
The 1893 Columbian Exposition was pre-empted today, so it will be broadcast on Sunday instead.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!