"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, July 23, 2014

23 July 2014

Birthdays
Daniel Radcliffe b. 1989 (Frankenstein [2015], Horns, Harry Potter)
Reece Ritchie b. 1986 (Hercules [2014], Atlantis: End of the World, Birth of a Legend, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, 10,000 BC)
Kathryn Hahn b. 1974 (Tomorrowland)
Charisma Carpenter b. 1970 (Supernatural, Legend of the Seeker, Charmed, Angel, Buffy, Strange Frequency)
Bill Chott b. 1969 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Invader ZIM, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Galaxy Quest, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Philip Seymour Hoffman b. 1967 died 2 February 2014 (The Hunger Games, The Invention of Lying)
Woody Harrelson b. 1961 (The Hunger Games, 2012, Zombieland, A Scanner Darkly)
Edie McClurg b. 1951 (Flubber [1997], Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Homeboys in Outer Space, A.J.’s Time Travelers, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Small Wonder, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Incredible Hulk, Carrie)
Belinda Montgomery b. 1950 (TRON: Legacy, Man from Atlantis, The Sixth Sense [1972])
Marianne Gordon b. 1946 (The Being, Rosemary’s Baby, Mr. Terrific)
Ronny Cox b. 1938 (Age of Dinosaurs, Stargate SG-1, Deep Blue Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, Time Trax, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain America [1990], Total Recall, Martians Go Home, RoboCop)
C.M. Kornbluth b. 1923 died 21 March 1958 (author, The Space Merchants [with Frederik Pohl])
Virgil Finlay b. 1914 died 18 January 1971 (artist)
Coral Browne b. 1913 died 29 May 1991 (Dreamchild, Time Express, Theatre of Blood)
Michael Wilding b. 1912 died 8 July 1979 (Frankenstein: The True Story)

Last year, the Picture Slot belonged to Daniel Radcliffe, and for iconic roles in genre, he's hard to beat. I might go all Whedonverse nerd and put up a picture of Charisma Carpenter, or maybe Woody Harrelson from The Hunger Games or Ronny Cox from one of the classic movies he was in. But when I saw Virgil Finlay's name on isfdb.org, I knew I wanted to have one of his terrific scratchboard illustrations gracing the blog today. (Scratchboard starts out all black and you scratch away to get the white. It's an extremely unforgiving method and Finlay was as good as it gets at the medium.)

Why this particular illustration? Hmmm... reasons.

Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: Herman Kahn in the 1972 book Things to Come, published by the Hudson Institute

Prediction: The Japanese economy will double or perhaps triple in the 1970s

Reality: Kahn isn't being precise, but he is clearly bullish on Japan's economy. The thing is, he wasn't bullish enough. According to the World Bank, the Japanese GDP was $209 billion (U.S.) and $1,040 billion in 1980, which means it almost exactly quintupled! It couldn't keep up that growth rate, but it did triple in the 1980s, then peaked in the mid 1990s and has been fluctuating up and down ever since.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The weekly schedule is interrupted for a prediction from a movie.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

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