"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 6, 2014

6 July 2014

Birthdays
Robert Naylor b. 1996 (Helix, Being Human, Stephen King's Dead Zone, Race to Mars)
Gregory Smith b. 1983 (The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, A Wrinkle in Time, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Small Soldiers, Meego, M.A.N.T.I.S., Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns, Leapin' Leprechauns, Highlander [TV])
Paula LaBaredas b. 1982 (Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader, Camel Spiders, Paul)
Kevin Hart b. 1979 (This is the End, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire)
Adam Busch b. 1978 (Buffy, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Point Pleasant)
Symba b. 1970 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Deep Space Nine, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager)
Brian Van Holt b. 1969 (Threshold)
Brian Posehn b. 1966 (The Big Bang Theory, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Undead or Alive: A Zombedy)
Mark Mitchinson b. 1966 (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Power Rangers, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Legend of the Seeker)
Casey Sander b. 1956 (The Big Bang Theory, Buffy, Quantum Leap, Predator II, Spaced Invaders, V)
Allyce Beasley b. 1954 (Rumplestiltskin, The Tommyknockers, Superboy, ALF)
Jennifer Savidge b. 1952 (Evolution, FreakyLinks, Deep Space Nine, House of Frankenstein [TV], Lois & Clark)
Geoffrey Rush b. 1951 (Pirates of the Caribbean, House on Haunted Hill [1999], Mystery Men)
Gerladine James b. 1950 (Robot Overlords, Hex)
John Byrne b. 1950 (writer/artist, Marvel Comics)
Shelley Hack b. 1947 (Troll, SeaQuest 2032, Time After Time)
Sylvester Stallone b. 1946 (Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, Death Race 2000)
Burt Ward b. 1945 (Star Quest, Homeboys in Outer Space, Beach Babes from Beyond, Cyber-C.H.I.C., Batman)
Rosemary Forsyth b. 1943 (Ghosts of Mars, Star Trek: Voyager, The Incredible Hulk)
Ned Beatty b. 1937 (Gulliver's Travels [1996], Purple People Eater, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Superman I and II, Exorcist II: The Heretic)
Janet Leigh b. 1927 died 3 October 2004 (Halloween H20, The Twilight Zone [1989], Starman, The Fog, Hello Down There)
William Schallert b. 1922 (True Blood, Lois and Clark, Deep Space Nine, Matinee, Quantum Leap, Innerspace, The Twilight Zone [1986 and 1960], Gremlins, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Hangar 18, Legends of the Superheroes, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Colossus: The Forbin Project, Land of the Giants, Bewitched, Star Trek, Men Into Space, The Monolith Monsters, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Commando Cody, Tobor the Great, Them!, Invasion U.S.A., The Man from Planet X, Mighty Joe Young)
Nancy Reagan b. 1921 (Donovan's Brain, The Next Voice You Hear)
Sebastian Cabot b. 1918 died 22 August 1977 (The Time Machine, The Twilight Zone)

Some days I kvetch about the lack of star power on the birthday list. Today is not one of those days. Movie stars, fabulous babes (Janet Leigh of course counts as both), iconic genre roles, you name it, we got it. So I went with my favorite actor on the list.

William Schallert. 368 screen credits. If you are around my age, he is not an Oh That Guy, he's Patty Duke's dad. As you can see, he did a boatload of 1950s sci-fi. Also on multiple Star Trek series, also on Twilight Zone, still working in 2014.

Yay, William Schallert!

Fun non-genre fact #1. In the first scene of Casablanca, a crowd of people look up at the plane to Lisbon. I always thought one of them could be Sebastian Cabot, and today I found out I was right.

Fun non-genre fact #2. Ned Beatty's first role on film was in Deliverance. I would have sworn I saw him before that, but that's not the case. He just got a lot of roles in the 1970s, both on popular TV shows and in big budget movies and within a few years, he's an Oh That Guy and a darned good one.

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

Predictor: James Patrick Kelly. "10^16 to 1", published in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 1999

Prediction: A boy in 1962 encounters in a backyard bomb shelter a time traveler who has come back during the Cuban Missile Crisis to see that Adlai Stevenson is killed before he can address the U.N. A nuclear war would result, but otherwise a much worse one will destroy civilization in 2009. The boy tries to kill Stevenson, but loses his nerve and lives out the rest of his life anticipating the end with guilt and dread.

Reality: Okay! A kid didn't have to kill a famous grown-up AND we didn't destroy civilization in 2009. Win-win, baby!

Once again, I found this story only through the auspices of Paul Brians' great nuclear fiction database.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

To paraphrase a line from Patton...

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