"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, September 14, 2014

14 September 2014

Birthdays
Jessica Brown Findlay b. 1989 (Frankenstein [2015], Winter’s Tale, Labyrinth [2012 TV])
Jesse James b. 1989 (Jumper, The Amityville Horror [2005], The Butterfly Effect, Angel, The X Files)
Andre de Vanny b. 1984 (Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Wicked Science, Hercules [2005 TV], Salem’s Lot)
Kristen Renton b. 1982 (Ghouls)
Mark Wells b. 1980 (Narnia, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow)
Brian Klugman b. 1975 (Cloverfield, Good vs Evil, Wishmaster, writer, TRON: Legacy)
Christopher McCulloch [a.k.a. Jackson Publick] b. 1971 (Venture Brothers, The Tick)
Andrew Lincoln b. 1973 (The Walking Dead, Moonshot)
Kimberly Williams-Paisley b. 1971 (The Tenth Kingdom)
Pat Healy b. 1971 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Night Stalker [2006], Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, Angel)
Robert Ben Garant b. 1970 (Night at the Museum)
Joon-ho Bong b. 1969 (director, Snowpiercer, The Host)
Dan Cortese b. 1967 (Locusts: The 8th Plague, Demolition Man)
K.C. Martel b. 1967 (E.T., The Munsters’ Revenge, The Amityville Horror, Wonder Woman)
Michelle Stafford b. 1965 (Charmed, Vampires Anonymous)
Stephen Dunham b. 1964 died 14 September 2012 (Paranormal Activity 4, The Chronicle, The Mummy)
Radames Pera b. 1960 (Starman [TV], Project U.F.O., The Six Million Dollar Man, Shazam!)
Melissa Leo b. 1960 (Oblivion)
Callum Keith Rennie b. 1960 (Alphas, FlashForward, Battlestar Galactica, The X Files: I Want to Believe, Tin Man, Bionic Woman, The Invisible, Smallville, Supernatural, Blade: Trinity, Kingdom Hospital, The Butterfly Effect, Paycheck, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Mutant X, Dark Angel, Strange World, eXistenZ, Highlander [TV], Forever Knight, Timecop) 
Haviland Morris b. 1959 (Aliens in the Family, Gremlins 2: The New Batch)
Mary Crosby b. 1959 (Deep Space Nine, Lois & Clark, Freddy’s Nightmares, The Ice Pirates, Automan)
Kirk Baltz b. 1959 (Birds of Prey, Level 9, Seven Days, NetForce)
Michael Bollner b. 1958 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Robert Wisdom b. 1953 (The Dark Knight Rises, Supernatural, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Mighty Joe Young, Invader)
Howard Deutch b. 1950 (director, True Blood, American Horror Story, Warehouse 13)
Sam Neill b. 1947 (The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, Daybreakers, Merlin’s Apprentice, Sci Fi Inside: ‘The Triangle’, Bicentennial Man, Merlin [1998 TV], Event Horizon, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, Jurassic Park, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Amerika, Omen III: The Final Conflict)
Rowena Morrill b. 1944 (graphic artist)
Nicol Williamson b. 1936 died 16 December 2011 (Spawn, The Exorcist III, Return to Oz, Venom, Excalibur)
Walter Koenig b. 1936 (Star Trek, InAlienable, Babylon 5, Moontrap, The Questor Tapes, The Starlost)
Harve Presnell b. 1933 died 30 June 2009 (Charmed, From the Earth to the Moon, Lois & Clark, Star Trek: Voyager)

Notes on the list.
1. I often feel like what I consider iconic pegs me as a geezer. It's true, I AM a geezer, but I am also aware that popular sci-fi and fantasy have been produced this century, even this decade, and not just Game of Thrones. For that reason, Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead is in the Picture Slot. Almost everybody else I would consider iconic (Sam Neill, Nicol Williamson, Walter Koenig) is older than I am. Actually, Michael Boller is younger than I am and he has exactly one credit on imdb.com as Augustus Gloop. That's iconic, though a movie over 40 years old is definitely geezerish.

2. Last year I went with Jackson Publick because I love The Venture Brothers so much. If I just went with the stuff I love, I might have had the poster from Joon-ho Bong's The Host.

3. I am slightly embarrassed to say it, but Callum Keith Rennie, the biggest Oh That Guy on our list, really doesn't ring a bell for me. One of the big reasons is that I gave up on Battlestar Galactica very early on. It should also be noted that most of his roles are on sci-fi shot up in Canada so he should technically be known as an Oh That Canadian Guy, a significant subset of the Oh That Guy trend, especially this century.

4. There are actors who I haven't filed away under "Dead" just yet. It always surprises me when I see Nicol Williamson is dead. I kind of feel the same way about Raul Julia and Gregory Hines, though I am now more used to the fact they are gone.

5. If iconic went to any acting work, Radames Pera was young Caine on Kung Fu and Robert Wisdom was Bunny Colvin on The Wire.

6. The Jesse James on the list is not the scumbag who married Sandra Bullock. Much younger guy here.

7. Poor Stephen Dunham, dies on his birthday at the age of 48 after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier.

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

Predictor: The Earl of Halsbury in 1944, published in 1927

Prediction: In 1944, The USSR attacks the United Kingdom by air. A modern day Noah makes plans to leave by ark, but returns to a shattered land when he learns the USSR has been destroyed.

Reality: There are a lot of books warning of future wars. Heck, reading some of the right wing friends of friends on Facebook, we should expect ISIS to invade the United States any day now, invoke sharia law and perform beheadings at the local mini-mall, probably in the nail salon. Reviews of this book complained that it gave no suggestions of how the Russkis might be stopped, as the hero just runs away.

I have to say I was very lucky to find this source. This particular Earl of Halsbury doesn't even rate a Wikipedia page of his own.

Never to be Forgotten: 
Stefan Gierasch 1926-2014

The character actor Stefan Gierasch died earlier this month. This picture is taken from his role as the principal in Carrie, the scene where he calls the main character Cassie and she has one of her little episodes. He was also in Brimstone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dark Shadows [1991], Megaville, Werewolf, The Twilight Zone [1986], The Greatest American Hero, The Incredible Hulk, Blood Beach, Holmes and Yo-Yo and Return to Earth. The last one is the true story of Buzz Aldrin after his experiences as an astronaut, but I consider nearly anything dealing with space travel as genre.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Stefan Gierasch, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Am I ever going to run out of predictions from The OMNI Future Almanac? Well, the book is finite, but then again, so is my time on earth. Which will run out first? We'll have to wait and see.


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