Saturday, May 3, 2014
3 May 2014
Danila Kozlovsky b. 1985 (Vampire Academy)
Rebecca Hall b. 1982 (Transcendence, Iron Man 3, The Prestige)
Christina Hendricks b. 1975 (Lost River, Firefly, Angel)
Joseph Kosinski b. 1974 (director, Oblivion, TRON: Legacy)
Kristin Lehman b, 1972 (The Chronicles of Riddick, Andromeda, Strange World, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The X Files, Forever Knight)
Rob Brydon b. 1965 (MirrorMask)
Peter Duncan b. 1954 (Flash Gordon, Space: 1999)
Caitlin Clarke b, 1952 died 9 September 2004 (The Stepford Husbands, Dragonslayer)
Larry Brandenburg b. 1948 (Charmed, Mighty Joe Young, SeaQuest 2032, Quantum Leap)
Ron Canada b. 1949 (Stargate SG-1, The X Files, Star Trek: Voyager, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Alex Cord b. 1933 (War of the Worlds [TV], The Six Million Dollar Man, Genesis II)
Jeanne Bal b. 1928 died 30 April 1996 (Star Trek)
For Americans, the best known name on the list is likely Christina Hendricks. I had her in the Picture Slot last year and I don't recall any complaints. The decision this year was between several good Oh That Guy actors and several fabulous babes, so I picked Caitlin Clarke from her first role in Dragonslayer. Looking up her name on imdb.com, I wasn't aware she had died so young. The other deceased person on the list is Jeanne Bal, who played Nancy Crater on the Star Trek episode The Man Trap.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Spider-Man released, 2002
Iron Man 3 released, 2013
Prediction: The greatest city in American and the greatest city in the world in the Twentieth Century will be that comprised in the metropolitan district of New York.
Chicago will be the most gigantic of the internal cities of the United States, with a population numbering at about 3,000,000. But the New York of 1993 will have more than 8,000,000.
Reality: Well, it's nice to read someone who isn't a suck-up. We can all agree that is NOT the beard of a suck-up. Many predictions from the 1893 Exhibition touted Chicago to the skies, but Green was a major factor in civic improvements of New York, notably Central Park, and he was sure New York was not going to be surpassed.
As for his numbers, New York City is now over 8,000,000, but the 1950s to the 1990s was an era of contraction in the population, and in 1990 the population was barely over 7,000,000. (It's grown since and there are now over 8,000,000.) As for Chicago being the greatest city in the interior and a population of nearly 3,000,000, Green was right on the money. (It would have been very hard for him to predict the size of Los Angeles, but it doesn't count as an interior city.)
While his numbers are at least in the ballpark, his big miss is "greatest city in the world" status. There are many New Yorkers who would argue with some merit that New York is the world's most important city, but if we are discussing something clearly measurable like population, Green completely missed how populous the cities of Asia would become.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Instead of always having a nuclear war prediction every Sunday, I'm going to mix it up with a little something from Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!