"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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

15 October 2014

Bailee Madison b. 1999 (Once Upon a Time, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Bridge to Terabithia)
Grace Van Dien b. 1996 (Sleeping Beauty)
Billy Unger b. 1995 (Lab Rats, Monster Mutt, No Ordinary Family, Jack and the Beanstalk, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, National Treasure: Book of Secrets)
Vincent Martella b. 1992 (The Walking Dead)
Chris Olivero b. 1984 (Séance: The Summoning, Kyle XY, Alien Arsenal)
Yoko Maki (The Grudge, Infection)
Robert Baker b. 1979 (True Blood, Our RoboCop Remake, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Virtually Heroes, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
Devon Gummersall b. 1978 (Reeker, Earth vs. the Spider [2001], Roswell, Independence Day)
Paul Logan b. 1973 (Skookum: The Hunt for Bigfoot, Mega Piranha, Re-Generator, MegaFault, Aliens on Crack, Vampire in Vegas, Komodo vs. Cobra, Way of the Vampire, The Curse of the Komodo, Angel)
Matt Keeslar b. 1972 (Dollhouse, The Middleman, Jekyll, The Thirst, Dune [2000 TV movie], Psycho Beach Party)
Zak Orth b. 1970 (Revolution, Vamps, Fringe)
Dominic West b. 1969 (John Carter, From Time to Time, A Christmas Carol [1999 TV], Star Wars: Episode I – The One I Hate Typing, Punisher: War Zone)
Gotz Otto b. 1967 (Cloud Atlas, Iron Sky, Alien Autopsy, Deep Freeze, She [2001], Beowulf [1999])
Jeffrey Jacquet b. 1966 (Mork and Mindy, Return from Witch Mountain)
Kellie Flanagan b. 1959 (Star Trek)
Camila More b. 1957 (The Dark Side of the Moon, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)
Jayne Modean b. 1957 (Hard Time on Planet Earth, Werewolf, House II: The Second Story)
Tanya Roberts b. 1955 (Beastmaster, Sheena)
Jere Burns b. 1954 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Max Headroom)
Larry Miller b. 1953 (3rd Rock from the Sun, Frankenstein: The College Years)
Lynn Lowry b. 1947 (My Stepbrother Is a Vampire!?!, Ombis: Alien Invasion, Psychosomatika, Beyond the Dunwich Horror, Cat People, They Came from Within, I Drink Your Blood)
John Getz b. 1946 (Touch, Zenon: The Zequel, The Fly I and II, Wonder Woman)
Penny Marshall b. 1943 (director, Big, actor, Mork & Mindy)
Pete Haskell b. 1934 died 12 April 2010 (Robot Wars, Child’s Play, The Fantastic Seven, The Bionic Woman, Land of the Giants, The Green Hornet, The Outer Limits)
Virginia Leith b. 1932 (The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, On the Threshold of Space)
FM-2030 b. 1930 died 8 July 2000 (a.k.a. F.M. Esfandiary, author and futurist, UpWingers: A Futurist Manifesto)
Eileen Ryan b. 1927 (Eight Legged Freaks, Twilight Zone)
Nigel Green b. 1924 died 15 May 1972 (Gawain and the Green Knight, Countess Dracula, The Masque of the Red Death, Jason and the Argonauts, Ghost Squad)
Mark Lenard b. 1924 died 22 November 1996 (Star Trek, Otherworld, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk, The Secret Empire, Planet of the Apes [TV], The Girl with Something Extra)
Jane Darwell b. 1879 died 13 August 1967 (Mary Poppins)

Okay. No Canadians today and for me, not a lot of drama in the Picture Slot. Last year it was Mark Lenard as Sarek, this year it's Nigel Green as Hercules from Jason and the Argonauts. He is nowhere near the most muscular Hercules on film, but he is my favorite. I still love that movie and I've seen it as an adult. A lot of things you loved as a kid don't hold up as well.

Next year, Virginia Leith from The Brain That Wouldn't Die is the front runner. As much fun as it would be having a picture of Tanya Roberts' cleavage, she doesn't trump Jan in the Pan.

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

Predictor: Anonymous writer in the New York World, writing in March 1911 about the first of February, 2011

Prediction: The flood from the factories pours out into the city, flows over the bridges, spreads out upon the terraces, humming with life. On the edge of the streets three sidewalks move at graduated speeds, in order that people may step from one to to the other without danger. That nearest the houses permits the promenaders to inspect the window displays in the shops. There is a sidewalk for those in a hurry and those who merely want to loaf. The latter has seats, telephones and little cafes upon it.

Appetiti guides Mr. Smith to a restaurant. No waiters are to be seen. He glances over the menu, which is a record of the progress of culinary chemistry, and selects for his luncheon two scrambled eggs with grated cheese, a beefsteak, a salad and strawberry ice cream. He speaks his order to the table as he would have done years ago to an attentive headwaiter.

The table opens and from the hollow arise a plate, bread, forks, wine and a steaming dish full of golden mass. Needless to say, no hen laid those eggs; they are an admirable composition of artificial albumen. No cow gave the milk from which the cheese was made; no vine grew the grapes to make this wine.

A periscope in the middle of the table reflects into the basement the image of this man and his luncheon, so that when he has finished the first course and pushes back his plate this vanishes instantly and is replaced by a fine synthetic beefsteak and artificial lettuce.

His meal costs him only a few cents. There is no waiter to tip, no cashier to pay. The price is fixed. On leaving he slips the amount into a slot by the door.

Reality: Boy, that sounds... unappetizing! We do have a lot more artificial ingredients on our plates not than they did back in 1911, but most eggs still come from hens and most cheese is made from cow's milk, though some is made from soy (ick!) or goat's milk (yay!). Wine, beef and lettuce all still come from the natural sources they did a hundred years ago, though as I stated before, there might easily be some artificial ingredients now they would not have had then.

It's not food in pill form and the disappearing plates aren't exactly pneumatic tubes, but this kind of antiseptic food prep "untouched by human hands" can be found in a lot of futurist predictions from the late 19th Century to today. For me, the point of getting out in public is to meet the public. Waiters and cashiers are a sign that it's a dining experience and not just fast food. 

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE! 

Hearing again from Lee de Forest.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. I guess back then, food was quite a bit less appetizing, so trying to make it as low-impact was kid of attractive. Based on Upton Sinclair, meat production seemed to be particularly horrifying...

    1. The Upton Sinclair reference is a good point. Of course, the line about not knowing how sausage is made is still valid in 2014.


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