"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!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

31 May 2014

Richard Riddell b. 1984 (Penny Dreadful, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Merlin)
Colin Farrell b. 1976 (Total Recall [2012], The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Fright Night, Minority Report, Daredevil)
Lea Thompson b. 1961 (Left Behind, Back to the Future, SpaceCamp, Howard the Duck)
Chris Elliott b. 1960 (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Groundhog Day, The Abyss, Hyperspace)
Tommy Hinkley b. 1960 (Angel, The Little Vampire, Star Trek: Generations, Watchers II, Something is Out There, The Terror Within)
Kyle Secor b. 1957 (American Horror Story, A Wrinkle in Time [TV], Eerie, Indiana)
Nikolai Sotirov b. 1956 (The Legend of Hercules [2014], Annihilation Earth, Star Runners, Boogeyman 3, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, Dracula Rising)
Gregory Harrison b. 1950 (Galaxy Beat, Logan’s Run [TV], Wonder Woman)
Tom Berenger b. 1949 (Inception, Nightmares & Dreamscapes)
Jim Hutton b. 1934 died 2 June 1979 (Twilight Zone)
Clint Eastwood b. 1930 (Space Cowboys, Firefox, Tarantula, Revenge of the Creature)
Menahem Golan b. 1929 (producer, American Cyborg: Steel Warrior, Prison Planet, Captain America [1990], Night of the Living Dead [1990], Cyborg, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Journey to the Center of the Earth [1988], Alien from L.A., Masters of the Universe, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Beauty and the Beast, Invaders from Mars, America 3000, Lifeforce)
Denholm Elliot b. 1922 died 6 October 1992 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Underworld [1985], Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Boys from Brazil, The House That Dripped Blood, Mystery and Imagination [TV], The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
Don Ameche b. 1908 died 6 December 1993 (Cocoon, Harry and the Hendersons)
Madge Blake b. 1899 died 19 February 1969 (Batman, Bewitched, The Addams Family)
George R. Stewart b. 1895 died 22 August 1980 (author, Earth Abides)

Madge Blake, Aunt Harriet from Batman, gets the nod in The Picture Slot today, yet another sign that this blog is written by a geezer. (I have to say, the room is certainly spacious enough for a stately manor, but couldn't a millionaire afford to by nicer furniture?) While Clint Eastwood is the biggest star on the list, his roles in the early sci-fi films are so short that if you blink you'll miss him. I also picked around in Menahem Golan's list of films. I wasn't aware that Superman IV was produced by Golan, since I didn't watch after the second one. It gives an idea of how far the franchise had fallen.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Predictor: author George Alfred Townsend (1841-1914), in honor of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition

Prediction: Federalism must prevail. The citizens of wayward and poorer states will come in like the prodigal son. Excessive wealth ought to be taxed in its full proportion, but not more. For if you remove the stimulus of wealth, America is nothing.

We must nourish our peasantry, including our eight million blacks, for an empire without servants might almost be without homes or utensils.

Women's great triumph will be not to need the ballot, since their husbands already have the franchise. Perhaps old maids might be allowed to vote.

The federal government ought to be a strong power in our railways and ought to own the telegraphs. The world is interested in our becoming not a Christian so much as a humane and scientific empire.

Reality: Um... white male privilege much, George? Reading about four paragraphs is enough to make a person of nearly any political persuasion want to sock him in the nose.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Keeping an eye on a sports prediction made earlier this year.

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  1. IV is the only one (before Man of Steel) take I couldn't make it through in onesitting. Supposedly, Reeve agreed to do it only if they would also make _Street Smart_, so we got =two= unwatchable movies instead of one.

    1. Thanks for the history lesson, Ken. I have no clear recollection of watching either III or IV all the way through. I think I saw III and was so disappointed I waited for reviews of IV, which weren't good.

  2. i came across a new webcomic that should be right up your alley. here's the intro blurb:

    “I, Mummy,” or “I was a teenage mummy in the 22nd century.” A tale from the future. A future based on prognostications (and postcards) from the 1800s, where everyone can fly but there’s no wi-fi.

    i, mummy

    1. Looks cute, but the 22nd Century is out of my time range for predictions. I like to keep stuff that has already transpired or is claimed to happen by 2020 or so.

  3. "We must nourish our peasantry, including our eight million blacks, for an empire without servants might almost be without homes or utensils."

    Left me gasping. By "nourish" he meant "feed enough so they don't die"? As if choosing to feed the peasantry for their work was something that the rich altruistically decided to do? As if a coldly sensible elite should have really just chosen to let millions die while they sat in comfort, with their homes and their utensils...

    (Shocking. But you can't convince me this attitude can't be found in Congress today.)

    1. He might have meant educate and enlighten instead of feed, but either way, he's got paternalism in spades and trump and 8 deep to the AKQ.


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