"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!

Monday, August 25, 2014

25 August 2014

Angelica Mandy b. 1992 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Blake Lively b. 1987 (Green Lantern)
Rachel Bilson b. 1981 (Jumper, Buffy)
Toni Wynne b. 1980 (Oz the Great and Powerful, American Horror Story, Zombie Roadkill, Spider-Man 3, 2095, The Spirithunter, Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat)
Kel Mitchell b. 1978 (Mystery Men, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Alexander Skarsgård b. 1976 (Hidden [2014], True Blood, Battleship, Melancholia)
Donavon Stinson b. 1976 (Mighty Mighty Monsters, Snowmageddon, Eureka, Reaper, The X Files: I Want to Believe, Fantastic Four, Dark Angel)
David Alan Basche b. 1968 (Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau, War of the Worlds [2005])
Tom Hollander b. 1967 (The Invisible Woman, About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean)
Brad Dryborough b. 1967 (Falling Skies, The Cabin in the Woods, Fringe, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Alien Trespass, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Stargate: Atlantis, Smallville, Alien Incursion)
Marti Noxon b. 1964 (writer/actor, Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog, Fright Night, I Am Number Four, Angel, Buffy)
Blair Underwood b. 1964 (The Event, Deep Impact, Gattaca, Knight Rider)
Joanne Whalley b. 1961 (Willow)
Billy Ray Cyrus b. 1961 (Sharknado 2)
Ally Walker b. 1961 (Kazaam, Witches of Eastwick [TV], Universal Soldier)
Ashley Crow b. 1960 (Supernatural, Heroes, Minority Report, Probe)
Tim Burton b. 1958 (director, Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows [2012], Alice in Wonderland, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow [1999], Mars Attacks, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
Simon McBurney b. 1957 (Utopia, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Golden Compass)
Gene Simmons b. 1949 (Runaway, KISS Meets the Phantom in the Park)
John Savage b. 1949 (Demon Legacy, Bermuda Tentacles, Alien Rising, Dreamkiller, Fringe, Carnivale, Alien Lockdown, Dark Angel, They Nest, Star Trek: Voyager, Lost Souls, Firestorm, The X-Files, Carnosaur 2, Red Scorpion 2, Beauty and the Beast [1987 musical])
Michael Kaluta b. 1947 (artist, Bill the Galactic Hero)
John Badham b. 1939 (director, Supernatural, Heroes, Short Circuit, WarGames, Dracula [1979], The Sixth Sense)
Tom Skerritt b. 1933 (Ted, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [TV 2008], Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Fallen 2006 TV], Category 7: The End of the World, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Contact, Poltergeist III, The Twilight Zone [1986], SpaceCamp, The Dead Zone, Alien, The Devil’s Rain, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, My Favorite Martian)
Peter Gilmore b. 1981 died 3 February 2013 (Doctor Who, Warlords of the Deep, The Abominable Dr. Phibes)
Sean Connery b. 1930 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, DragonHeart, Highlander I & II, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Time Bandits, Outland, Meteor, Zardoz, Darby O’Gill and the Little People)
Graham Jarvis b. 1930 died 16 April 203 (Strange World, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], The X Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Munsters Today)
Bruce Allpress b. 1930 (Power Rangers Jungle Fury, The Water Horse, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Mel Ferrer b. 1917 died 2 June 2008 (Nightmare City, Eaten Alive, The Great Alligator, The Visitor, Screamers, The Amazing Captain Nemo, Logan’s Run, Wonder Woman, The World, The Flesh and the Devil)
Van Johnson b. 1916 died 12 December 2008 (Killer Crocodile, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Batman, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Brigadoon)
Michael Rennie b. 1909 died 10 June 1971 (The Invaders, Batman, Cyborg 2087, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, The Lost World, The Day the Earth Stood Still)

Last year, the Picture Slot went to Blake Lively because... she's purdy. This year, looking for the iconic roles, the competition was between Alexander Skarsgård, Tim Burton, Tom Skerritt, Sean Connery (easily the biggest movie star on the list) and the winner, Michael Rennie from the original The Day the Earth Stood Still. He wins because he follows the important sci-fi rule, "You can tell they are from an advanced civilization because they are wearing aluminum."

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks fr all the memories.
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: The five fastest growing economies 1980 to 2000
South Korea

Reality: According to the World Bank data, the greatest GDP growth in that era belongs to
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

To be fair, OMNI was looking at big countries, so the top five for larger populations would be
Mexico (3rd overall)
Indonesia (14th)
Pakistan (15th)
United States (28th)
South Korea (29th)

By these numbers, Brazil was the 36th fastest growing economy overall, China was 74th and Nigeria 107th. Nigeria's GDP actually shrunk in that time period.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Our second visit from fm-2030. The more I read this guy, the more I think the competition for biggest jerk among the futurists is really no competition at all.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Addendum:
    Sean Connery, "Outland," as the marshal on a mining colony on Io.

  2. I think the competition for biggest jerk among the futurists is really no competition at all.

    That's a very competitive field.

    1. This guy is like Louis Armstrong or Jimi Hendrix or Babe Ruth. You see him and you think. "Okay. I'd never seen it done like that before and obviously everybody else was doing it wrong."

  3. Connery also gets credit for Outland, which I enjoyed much more as a mature adult than I did as an immature adult. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082869/

    1. Thanks to all who mentioned Outland, which I somehow blurred by while typing. I saw it in the theater and remember it (pretty) well.


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