"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!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

13 July 2014

Birthdays
Leo Howard b. 1997 (Conan the Barbarian [2011], G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Colton Haynes b. 1988 (Arrow, Teen Wolf)
Steven R. McQueen b. 1988 (The Vampire Diaries, Piranha 3D, Minutemen, Threshold)
Chris Sheffield b. 1988 (The Last Ship, Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Fran Kranz b. 1981 (Bloodsucking Bastards, The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, The Village, Donnie Darko)
Ashley Scott n. 1977 (Jericho, Lost, Birds of Prey, Dark Angel, A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
Ken Jeong b. 1969 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Vampires Suck)
Robert Gant b. 1968 (The Tomorrow People)
David X. Cohen b. 1966 (writer/producer, Futurama)
Kenny Johnson b. 1963 (Aquaman, Smallville, The Huntress, Blade, Sliders, The Burning Zone)
Michael Jace b. 1962 (Planet of the Apes [2001], Strange Days, Deep Space Nine)
Lance E. Nichols b. 1955 (The Fantastic Four [2015], Left Behind, American Horror Story, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Creature, Swamp Shark, Green Lantern, Benjamin Button, Charmed, Buffy, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, The Invisible Man, K-PAX, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Alien Nation [TV], Project X, Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone [1985])
Gil Birmingham b. 1953 (Twilight, NightMan, Buffy, House II)
Rosemary Dunsmore b. 1952 (Red: Werewolf Hunter, Lost Girl, ReGenesis, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Last Exit to Earth, RoboCop [TV], Total Recall [1990], Beauty and the Beast [1989 TV], Twilight Zone [1988])
Cheech Marin b. 1946 (Lost, Planet Terror, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn, Ghostbusters II)
Harrison Ford b. 1942 (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Ender’s Game, Cowboys & Aliens, Blade Runner)
Robert Forster b. 1941 (Heroes, Dragon Wars: D-War, Alligator, The Black Hole)
Sir Patrick Stewart b. 1940 (X-Men, The Wolverine, Ted, Star Trek, Lifeforce, Dune, Excalibur)
David Westburg b. 1940 (The Amazing Captain Nemo, Once Upon a Brothers Grimm, Logan’s Run, Genesis II, Blacula)
Bob Crane b. 1929 died 29 June 1978 (Twilight Zone)
Rene Laloux b. 1929 died 14 March 2004 (director, Gandahar, Time Masters, Fantastic Planet)
Sidney Blackmer b. 1895 died 6 October 1973 (Rosemary’s Baby, The Outer Limits)

The Picture Slot decision isn't tough today, it's just a two-way race. Odd numbered years, it's Patrick Stewart, even numbered years, it's Harrison Ford. Of course, they became famous in genre for work in the two great pillars of modern sci-fi on film and TV, Star Wars and Star Trek, but both of them broke out of those roles to be iconic in other films, which is a tough trick. Ask Mark Hamill and Jonathan Frakes if you don't believe me.

While it's tough to do, it is now at least possible to be a full-fledged movie star because of your work in genre instead of in spite of it, and these two guys are the prime examples. Good on ya, guys!

Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: John Wanamaker (1838-1922), department store pioneer and Postmaster General from 1889 to 1893, predicting the year 1993 in honor of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

Prediction: The postal service will be almost entirely electrical 100 years from now. Free delivery of the mail will be universal. The rates for telephone and telegraph will be reduced as to be in everyone's reach.

The country will be divided into postal districts and routine matters by the thousand will be attended to much more promptly from near postal centers.

Reality: Okay! Not impressive facial hair, but the tie and lapels are definitely old school. And as to the order of business, an interesting set of predictions. The postal system was NOT almost entirely electrical in 1993, but it was meeting the thing that still threatens to kill it, e-mail. The delivery of mail is free, though sending mail isn't. Telephone is within everyone's reach and telegraph has been made obsolete for the most part. The country is divided into postal districts. It's hard to believe that wasn't the case in 1893, but it wasn't.

Wanamaker had the biggest department store in Philadelphia. His most famous quote is "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble is I don't know which half."


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3 comments:

  1. Tough to tell what he means when he says the postal service will be electrical.

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    1. I'm assuming free telegraphy.

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    2. even in 1893, the Postal Service delivered LOTS of things that couldn't be telegraphed, didn't they?

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