Thursday, October 16, 2014
16 October 2014
Jack Salvatore Jr. b. 1989 (Donnie Darko, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Trevor Blumas b. 1984 (Warehouse 13, Earth: Virtual Mom, Final Conflict)
Caterina Scorsone b. 1981 (Alice [2009 TV], Flash Forward)
Brea Grant b. 1981 (The Guild, A Good Knight’s Quest, Halloween II, Heroes, Battle Planet)
Daniel Kountz b. 1978 (Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Kellie Martin b. 1975 (SeaQuest 2032, Matinee, Doin’ Time on Planet Earth)
Terri J. Vaughn b. 1969 (Black Scorpion, Carnosaur 3)
Ron Rogge b. 1968 (The Man in the High Castle, A Zombie Next Door, Power Rangers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Todd Stashwick b. 1968 (Gotham, The Originals, Teen Wolf [2014 TV], Warehouse 13, Revolution, Heroes, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Supernatural, The Middleman, Star Trek: Enterprise, Dark Angel, Buffy, Angel)
Randall Batinkoff b. 1968 (Touch, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Stepford Children)
Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff b. 1963 (Superboy, Knight Rider, Otherworld)
Flea b. 1962 (Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Back to the Future: Part II & III, Stranded)
Tim Robbins b. 1958 (Green Lantern, Zathura: A Space Adventure, War of the Worlds, Mission to Mars, Code 46, Jacob’s Ladder, Erik the Viking, Howard the Duck, Amazing Stories, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
Martha Smith b. 1952 (They Came from Outer Space, Swamp Thing, Freddy’s Nightmares)
Daniel Gerroll b. 1951 (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mann & Machine, Drop Dead Fred)
David Greenwalt b. 1949 (writer, Buffy, Angel, Eureka, Grimm, Surface, Jake 2.0, The X Files)
Guy Siner b. 1947 (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Bug, Star Trek: Enterprise, Megiddo: The Omega Code 2, Babylon 5, Doctor Who)
Suzanne Somers b. 1946 (The Six Million Dollar Man, Ants)
Christopher Mitchum b. 1943 (Lycanthrope, Aftershock, The Serpent Warriors, The Day Time Ended, Bigfoot)
Barry Corbin b. 1940 (Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Wyvern, Alien Express, Race to Space, Timequest, Virus [TV], Critters 2, Tall Tales & Legends, The Twilight Zone, My Science Project, Tucker’s Witch, WarGames)
Angela Lansbury b. 1925 (Nanny McPhee, The Company of Wolves, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Michael Conrad b. 1925 died 22 November 1983 (The Incredible Hulk, Time Express, The Six Million Dollar Man, Planet of the Apes, Scream Blacula Scream, The Immortal, Lost in Space, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone)
Alice Pearce b. 1917 died 3 March 1966 (Bewitched, Twilight Zone)
Maidie Norman b. 1912 died 2 May 1998 (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Incredible Hulk, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Twilight Zone)
Anthony Nicholls b. 1902 died 22 February 1977 (The Omen, Space: 1999)
Oscar Wilde b. 1854 died 30 November 1900 (author, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Canterville Ghost)
Notes on the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Tim Robbins, one of the few actual movie stars on the list, though his best known roles aren't in genre. This year it's Alice Pearce in her most famous role as the original Gladys Kravitz, who died during the run of Bewitched. While it's not genre, Michael Conrad met a similar fate on Hill Street Blues. Next year's choice is up in the air, though if I'm in an Oh That Guy mood, Barry Corbin is certainly a familiar face.
2. Spot the Canadians and Not the Canadian. Two of our younger actors, Trevor Blumas and
Caterina Scorsone, were born in Canada, but they don't have the very long C.V.s we have come to expect from our neighbors to the north. Todd Stashwick, who shows up both in Canadian and American produced TV shows, was not born in Canada.
3. The Gal at the Door. I hate to be morbid, but we have another list where all the dead are at the bottom and all the living are above, and the oldest living birthday girl is Angela Lansbury.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Miss Angela Lansbury, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Lee de Forest, "The Father of Radio", predicting the world of 2000 in the 17 January 1960 edition of the Sunday supplement American Weekly.
Prediction: Striking developments in irrigation and flood control, more efficient use of solar energy, electronic acceleration of germination and growth, and revolutionary chemical and biological discoveries will expand mankind's food resources so that famine will be eliminated-despite immense population increases.
Reality: Okay, this is pretty darned good. The electronic acceleration of germination and growth isn't a major factor, but the conventional wisdom back in the second half of the 20th Century was that overpopulation was going to trigger massive starvation. (Remember Dr. Paul Ehrlich?) Here, de Forest says yes, there will be large population growth but food technology will keep up with it. He went a little far saying "famine will be eliminated", but a half century later, the percentage of the world that experiences food shortages is much smaller than in was in 1960.
In any case, he beats Paul Ehrlich. If I had my way, Paul Ehrlich would be beaten on a regular basis, at least metaphorically.
I wrote earlier that I hate to be morbid, and I feel this keenly announcing the death of Elizabeth
Peña. Like Jan Hooks earlier this week, I knew and liked Peña's work in many films and like Ms. Hooks, Ms. Peña was born after I was. My favorite film she was in is probably John Sayles' Lone Star, but she is remembered here for roles in Strangeland, It Came from Outer Space II, The Invaders, Jacob’s Ladder and *batteries not included. I don't list all voice work when giving credits, but Ms. Peña was also the voice of Mirage in The Incredibles.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Elizabeth Peña, from a heartsick fan. She is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Friday gives us another clumsy attempt at predicting the future from The Experts Speak.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!