Monday, May 19, 2014
19 May 2014
Elinor Tomlinson b. 1992 (Deadly Code, Jack the Giant Slayer, Alice in Wonderland , The Sarah Jane Adventures)
Lily Cole b. 1988 (Snow White and the Huntsman, Doctor Who)
Claudia Karvan b. 1972 (Star Wars:Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Farscape, The Lost World [TV], Strange Planet)
Geraldine Somerville b. 1967 (Harry Potter)
Polly Walker b. 1966 (John Carter, Warehouse 13, Caprica, Clash of the Titans )
Grace Jones b. 1946 (Wolf Girl, BeastMaster [TV], Cyber Bandits, Vamp, Conan the Destroyer)
Andre the Giant b. 1946 died 27 January 1993 (The Princess Bride, Conan the Destroyer, The Greatest American Hero, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Peter Mayhew b. 1944 (Star Wars, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Dark Towers)
James Fox b. 1939 (Merlin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Doctor Who: Shada, Gulliver’s Travels , The Road to 1984)
Pat Roach b. 1937 died 17 July 2004 (Starhunter, Kull the Conqueror, Space Precinct, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Willow, Red Sonja, Conan the Destroyer, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Clash of the Titans, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Unidentified Flying Oddball)
James Greene b. 1931 (Doctor Who, Merlin, Dracula [2006 TV], Dinotopia, From Hell, 1990)
Bruce Bilson b. 1928 (director, The Flash, They Came from Outer Space, The Twilight Zone , The Powers of Matthew Star, Quark, Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched)
Odd cut-off on the birthdays today. Before 1946, it's all women and fabulous ones at that. In 1946 we have the fabulous Grace Jones and the Picture Slot boy, Andre the Giant, shown here saying one of my favorite lines of his from The Princess Bride, "Hello, Lady!". (For my money, the book is better than the movie and the movie is pretty close to perfect.) By another odd coincidence, besides Andre we have two other male actors best known for being enormous, last year's Picture Slotter Peter Mayhew (a.k.a. Chewbacca) and Pat Roach, who played the first Nazi mechanic Indiana Jones fought in the famous Raiders of the Lost Ark scene at the grounded plane that's leaking gas and has its propellers turning.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Star Wars: Episode I – The One We Don't Talk About released, 1999
Shrek 2 released 2004
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith released, 2005
In the Year 2000!
Predictor: The OMNI Future Almanac, publish 1982
Prediction: Clothing designers believe that garments will become more functional and serve as protection against weather extremes. Some clothes in 2000 may be made of year-around computerized fabrics. The wearer will be able to adjust a few dials and a cooling/heating system will be able to change the temperature of the fabric. The concept already exists in the electric blanket.
Another heat source for clothes in 2000, according to fashion designer Will Smith, will be a solar belt pack.
Reality: Eventually, I will open The OMNI Future Almanac to a random page as I have done for over a year now, and I will find that I've used it up, all the cool predictions with years have been mined. On that day, I will be sad. It's certainly not the most accurate source or the most inaccurate, but I always have fun thumbing through it.
Oh yeah, reality. Solar belt packs won't be able to store that much heat and no one is wearing couture electric blankets.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Yet another source I enjoy a lot, Geoffrey Hoyle's 1972 children's book about 2010.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!