"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!

Friday, September 19, 2014

19 September 2014

 Birthdays
Katrina Bowden b. 1988 (Piranha 3DD, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil)
Danielle Panabaker b. 1987 (The Flash, Time Lapse, Arrow, Piranha 3DD, Grimm, The Crazies, Sky High)
Kevin Zegers b. 1985 (The Colony, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Vampire, Zoom, Dawn of the Dead, Smallville, Twice in a Lifetime, It Came from the Sky, Nico the Unicorn, Specimen, The X Files)
Columbus Short b. 1982 (Quarantine, War of the Worlds)
Tanja Reichert b. 1980 (Relic Hunter, Poltergeist: The Legacy)
Jeremy Jordan b. 1973 (Storm of the Century)
Sanaa Lathan b. 1971 (Alien vs. Predator, Blade)
Kim Richards b. 1964 (Race to Witch Mountain, Project U.F.O., Return from Witch Mountain, The Car, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Cheri Oteri b. 1962 (Southland Tales, Inspector Gadget)
Richard Ridings b. 1958 (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Merlin, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Relic Hunter, Highlander [TV], Red Dwarf, Erik the Viking, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire)
Rex Smith b. 1955 (The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, Transformations, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Ernie Sabella b. 1949 (Quantum Leap, Fright Night Part 2)
Jeremy Irons b. 1948 (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Eragon, The Time Machine)
Tanith Lee b. 1947 (writer, Tales of the Flat Earth, Animal Castle)
Randolph Mantooth b. 1945 (Battlestar Galactica, Project U.F.O.)
Mariangela Melato b. 1941 died 11 January 2013 (Flash Gordon)
Lloyd Haynes b. 1934 died 31 December 1986 (The Green Hornet, Batman, Star Trek)
David McCallum b. 1933 (Jeremiah, Team Knight Rider, VR.5, Babylon 5, SeaQuest 2032, The Watcher in the Woods, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein: The True Story, The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War, The Outer Limits)
Kathie Browne b. 1930 died 8 April 2003 (Star Trek, Mr. Terrific, The Brass Bottle, My Favorite Martian)
Mel Stewart b. 1929 died 24 February 2002 (Bride of Re-Animator, Martians Go Home, Dead Heat, The Invisible Woman, Mr. Merlin, The Greatest American Hero, Tabitha)
Adam West b. 1928 (Monster Island, Black Scorpion, An American Vampire Story, Weird Science [TV], The Flash, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Zombie Nightmare, Time Warp, Warp Speed, Batman, Bewitched, The Outer Limits, Robinson Crusoe on Mars)
Rosemary Harris b. 1927 (Radio Free Albemuth, Spider-Man, The Boys from Brazil)
Damon Knight b. 1922 died 15 April 2002 (writer, To Serve Man)

I'm starting to worry that now I've created the label "Wait... he's dead?" (and today adding "Wait... she's dead?"), I'm going to see candidates for these labels every damn day. Kathie Browne, today's Picture Slot representative in her role from Star Trek, was 72 when she died earlier this century, as was Mel Stewart, best known for non-genre roles on All in the Family and Scarecrow & Mrs. King. The real stunner for me is Lloyd Haynes, star of Room 222, died at the age of 52 almost thirty years ago. I'd forgotten that completely.

Last year, the Picture Slot was given to Adam West and I would argue he that if the criteria is iconic genre role, he's the hands down winner. I don't know who will be in the Picture Slot next year.

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

Predictor: William Borah (1865-1940), Republican senator from Idaho

Prediction: "I will never see the day when the Eighteenth Amendment is out of the Constitution of the U.S."

Reality: Technically, you could say Senator Borah was correct, since the Eighteenth is still there between the Seventeenth and Nineteenth. It's just that the Twenty First Amendment was ratified in 1933 and suddenly it was no longer illegal to get a drink in the U.S. once again.

I have to say the more I read about Borah, who was considered a "liberal" Republican, the less I like him. He fought hard against federal anti-lynching legislation, claiming "state's rights". He also fathered an illegitimate child born in 1925 with Alice Roosevelt Longworth when both of them were married to other people. Borah was 60 and Longworth was 41.

This prediction is from The Experts Speak by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky. It had been sharing the Sunday duties with the nuclear holocaust fiction, but I have enough predictions from both to let them both have a day of their own for the time being.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to 1893 for another best guess at the Twentieth Century, though sadly, no interesting facial hair.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

 

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