Friday, August 8, 2014
8 August 2014
Peyton List b. 1986 (The Tomorrow People, Smallville, FlashForward)
Katie Leung b. 1987 (Harry Potter)
Jean Proske b. 1987 (Beauty and the Beast [TV], Vampires Suck)
Tobias Santelmann b. 1980 (Hercules)
Jon Turtletaub b. 1963 (director, National Treasure I, II and III, Jericho, From the Earth to the Moon, Phenomenon)
Suzee Pai b. 1962 (Big Trouble in Little China)
Branscombe Richmond b. 1955 (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Charmed, Tremors [TV], Power Rangers Wild Force, Batman Returns, Alien Nation, Beauty and the Beast [TV], The Greatest American Hero, Misfits of Science, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Automan, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Don Most b. 1953 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Star Trek: Voyager, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Dark Skies, Sliders, The Munsters Today)
Martin Brest b. 1951 (director, Meet Joe Black)
Keith Carradine b. 1949 (Cowboys & Aliens, The Big Bang Theory, Dollhouse, Star Trek: Enterprise, Perversions of Science, Special Report: Journey to Mars)
Dustin Hoffman b. 1937 (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sphere, Outbreak, Hook)
Adam Roarke b. 1937 died 27 April 1996 (Star Trek, Return from Witch Mountain, The Six Million Dollar Man, Frogs, Women of the Prehistoric Planet)
Roger Penrose b. 1931 (Physicist, author, White Mars, or, The Mind Set Free)
Terry Nation b. 1930 died 9 March 1977 (writer, Doctor Who, Blake’s 7)
Tom Reese b. 1928 (Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Land of the Giants, Twilight Zone)
Richard Anderson b. 1926 (The Stepford Children, Automan, Knight Rider, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Astronaut, Land of the Giants, The Invaders, The Green Hornet, Forbidden Planet, Captain Midnight)
Rory Calhoun b. 1922 died 28 April 1999 (Tales from the Crypt, Hell Comes to Frogtown, The Revenge of Bigfoot, Night of the Lepus)
William Asher b. 1921 died 16 July 2012 (director, I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later, Tabitha, Bewitched, Twilight Zone)
Harry Turner b. 1920 died 11 January 2009 (artist)
Dino De Laurentiis b. 1919 died 10 Nov 2010 (producer, Army of Darkness, King Kong Lives, Maximum Overdrive, Silver Bullet, Cat’s Eye, Dune, Conan the Destroyer, The Dead Zone, Halloween I, II and III, Amityville II, Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon, King Kong)
Earl Cameron b. 1917 (Inception, Neverwhere, The Prisoner, Battle Beneath the Earth, Doctor Who, The Andromeda Breakthrough)
Ford Rainey b. 1908 died 25 July 2005 (Amerika, Halloween II, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Invaders, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits)
Robert Siodmak b. 1900 died 10 March 1973 (director, Son of Dracula)
Every morning, my research starts at two websites, the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (isfdb.org) and the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com). The isfdb lists names chronologically from oldest to youngest, but the imdb lists them by popularity. I don't write down every name from both lists, but today isfdb had Terry Nation listed for a book he wrote, but imdb did not have him in the top 100, which is as far as I usually check. (He was listed in position 102.) I wanted to show him some respect after that slight, so he and his most famous creations the Daleks are in the Picture Slot.
If I were choosing the Picture Slot based on movie stardom, it would be Dustin Hoffman. If I was choosing based on iconic work in genre, Richard Anderson would be the most recognizable face for Americans of a certain age. As a Whedonverse nerd, I might choose Keith Carradine from Dollhouse and if I was in a Fabulous Babe mood, Katie Leung played Harry Potter's first love interest Cho Chang in the movies and Suzee Pai was one of the damsels in distress in Big Trouble in Little China. The other attractive women don't have genre roles as iconic. (Peyton List, for example, played Roger Sterling's second wife on Mad Men.)
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: A great spiritual leader will be incarnated in 1935 or 1936 and will serve in some manner in 1989 at the age of 54, a reincarnation of St. Martin, patron saint of France.
Reality: Are there any "great spiritual leaders" born in those years? Yes, the Dalai Lama in 1935 and Pope Francis in 1936. Looking online, the year 1989 was not pivotal in either of their lives and neither of them claims to be a reincarnation of St. Martin.
Some may complain that giving Cayce any points here is far too lenient, but he gets credit where he was vague and no credit where he was precise. For poor Edgar, this will count as a tape measure home run, surrounded by a long career of pathetic strikeouts.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We travel back to 1893 for the one-two punch of futurism and facial hair.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!