"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!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

4 June 2014

Oona Chaplin b. 1986 (Game of Thrones)
Kerem Brusin b. 1987 (Sharktopus)
T.J. Miller b. 1981 (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Gulliver’s Travels. Cloverfield)
Angelina Jolie b. 1975 (Maleficent, Wanted, Beowulf, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Lara Croft, Cyborg 2)
Theo Rossi b. 1975 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cloverfield, Jericho, Lost)
James Callis b. 1971 (Narcopolis, Caper, Arrow, Eureka, Merlin, FlashForward, Battlestar Galactica, Merlin and the Book of Beasts, Jason and the Argonauts [TV], Arabian Nights [TV])
Noah Wyle b. 1971 (Falling Skies, Lab Rats, The Librarian, Donnie Darko, Guinevere)
Sean Pertwee b. 1964 (Gotham, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, U.F.O., Camelot, Mutant Chronicles, Equilibrium, Tale of the Mummy, Event Horizon)
Lindsay Frost b. 1962 (Lost, The Ring, SeaQuest 2032, Monolith)
Julie White b. 1961 (Transformers, The Astronaut Farmer, War of the Worlds)
Keith David b. 1956 (Cloud Atlas, Animen: The Galactic Battle, Gamer, Superhero Movie, The Chronicles of Riddick, Pitch Black, Armageddon, Volcano, They Live, The Thing)
Parker Stevenson b. 1952 (Legend of the Seeker, Legion, Not of This Earth)
David Yip b. 1951 (Re-Evolution, Spirit Warriors, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Quatermass, Doctor Who)
Bruce Dern b. 1936 (The Hole, The Astronaut Farmer, World Gone Wild, Space, Silent Running, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, The Immortal, Land of the Giants, The Outer Limits)
Geoffrey Palmer b. 1927 (Doctor Who [2007 and 1970], Peter Pan, Alice Through the Looking Glass)
Ken Clark b. 1927 died 1 June 2009 (Invasion, 12 to the Moon, Attack of the Giant Leeches, On the Threshold of Space)
Judith Malina b. 1926 (The Addams Family [1991], The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man)
Dennis Weaver b. 1924 died 24 February 2006 (Twilight Zone)
Howard Culver b. 1918 died 4 August 1984 (Halloween II, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Swarm, Project U.F.O., Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Twilight Zone, Space Patrol)
Clara Blandick b. 1880 died 15 April 1962 (The Wizard of Oz)

Last year the Picture Slot went to James Callis, best known for his role on Battlestar Galactica. This year it's Oona Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's grand-daughter, the wife of Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. A brief word about the other folks with just one credit on the list. Clara Blandick was Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, so she has to be here. I saw Dennis Weaver's name in imdb.com and though he did nothing else in genre, he was in a Twilight Zone episode on the original series, and that's also an automatic mention in my book. Kerem Brusin in Sharktopus... okay, that's a little embarrassing.

Movies released
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban released 2004
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan released, 1982

Predictor: T. Baron Russell in his 1905 book A Hundred Years Hence

Prediction: Thus, during convalescence, the injured will suffer no discomfort except that of confinement, and our means of amusing the patient by talking machines that will read and sing to him, and the theatroscopes that will project before him moving and coloured pictures of life or the play, will make the sick bed almost a paradise.

Reality: Regular readers will recall that Russell was a condescending jerk about the improvements in medicine last week, but this week he redeems himself with correct predictions about radio and TV in hospital rooms. While Marconi's successful experiments begin in 1901, radio is not a commercial success until after World War I. Russell doesn't identify the technology that will make these wonders possible, but I would still have to give him full marks for a very forward thinking prediction.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

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  1. On the one hand, I'd tally Duel as an sf-movie appearance for Dennis Weaver, because we never discover the nature (let alone the identity) of Weaver's antagonist. On the other, that ambiguity could also fuel the case Duel isn't sf. Which way do you call it?

    1. That's a fair point, Abu, but the real world has shown us many people who were as psycho as the truck driver, so it's a bit of a stretch to say it's fantasy.

      On your side of the argument, it is written by Richard Matheson and it's an early directorial work of Steven Spielberg.

      If anyone else wants to weigh in, I'd be glad to entertain suggestions.

    2. It would have fit into the Twilight Zone series quite well, I think, due to the ambiguity. I see it as a straight-up thriller, but Stephen King was a huge fan of the movie, finding Weaver's victory dance at the end to be primal.

      I think the truck was also a key feature, and it was notably non-descript. It wasn't of recognizable make, and it seems to me it was an inspiration for the truck in Jeepers Creepers.

      I say we give it to them.


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