Thursday, October 9, 2014
9 October 2014
Jodelle Ferland b. 1994 (Cabin in the Woods, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Kingdom Hospital, The Collector, 10.5, Dead Like Me, Smallville, Carrie [2002 TV movie], They, The Lone Gunmen, Dark Angel)
Zachery Ty Bryan b. 1981 (Hammer of the Gods [TV], Meteor, Knight Rider [2009 TV], Smallville, Buffy, The Rage: Carrie 2)
Brandon Routh b. 1979 (Arrow, Chosen, Superman Returns)
Chris O’Dowd b. 1979 (Thor: The Dark World, Gulliver’s Travels, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel)
Steve Burns b. 1973 (Christmas on Mars, Netherbeast Incorporated)
Erin Daniels b. 1972 (Jericho)
Pete Docter b. 1968 (writer, Up, Monsters Inc., Wall-E, Toy Story)
Guillermo Del Toro b. 1964 (director, The Strain, Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, Mimic)
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson b. 1960 (The X Files, Circuitry Man)
Michael Pare b. 1958 (The Philadelphia Experiment [2012 and 1984], BloodRayne, Komodo vs. Cobra, Starhunter, 2103: The Deadly Wake, Village of the Damned , Space Rage, Lunarcop, The Greatest American Hero)
Scott Bakula b. 1954 (Star Trek: Enterprise, The Invaders [1995 TV movie], Quantum Leap)
John O’Hurley b. 1954 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Race to Space, Ghost Cop, The X Files, Weird Science [TV])
Tony Shaloub b. 1953 (Spy Kids, Men in Black, Thir13en Ghosts, Galaxy Quest, Gattaca, The X Files, Addams Family Values)
Richard Chaves b. 1951 (Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, War of the Worlds [1989 TV], Predator)
Robert Wuhl b. 1951 (Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Batman)
Lorna Raver b. 1943 (Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, Drag Me to Hell, Charmed, Star Trek: Voyager)
Brian Blessed b. 1936 (Doctor Who, Flash Gordon, Blakes 7, Space: 1999, The Day After Tomorrow [TV movie 1976], My Partner the Ghost [TV])
Donald Sinden b. 1923 died 11 September 2014 (Alice in Wonderland [1999 TV], The Canterville Ghost [1996 and 1997], The Island at the Top of the World)
Edward Andrews b. 1914 died 8 March 1985 (Gremlins, Monster Squad, The Starlost, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Invaders, Mr. Terrific, The Brass Bottle, Twilight Zone, The Absent-Minded Professor)
Alistair Sim b. 1900 died 19 August 1976 (A Christmas Carol )
Heinrich George b. 1893 died 25 September 1946 (Metropolis, She)
Hank Patterson b. 1888 died 23 August 1975 (Twilight Zone, The Absent-Minded Professor, Earth vs. the Spider, Tarantula, The Amazing Colossal Man, Beginning of the End, Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders)
Notes on the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. Edward Andrews, a great Oh That Guy from the 1960s and 1970s. This picture is from a Twilight Zone episode. Doing research, I saw a picture of him not wearing glasses. Very disconcerting.
2. Spot the Canadian! Could you tell? Yes, it's young Jodell Ferland. Stargate, Dead Like Me, Supernatural, Dark Angel, Smallville, The Lone Gunmen... it's hard not to be Canadian and be on all those shows. Don't be fooled by Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders! Hank Patterson was NOT Canadian. He's probably best known as Fred Ziffel, owner of Arnold Ziffel on Green Acres.
Also, Michael Pare is not Canadian; he just shows up in a lot of cheap crap.
3. The Guy at the Door. It's one of those lists. Everyone at the top of the list is alive and once we hit the first deceased, it's dead guys all the way down. The oldest living is Brian Blessed, who I put in the Picture Slot last year. I always wish many happy returns, but most particularly to Brian Blessed. I love him, as do all right thinking individuals.
4. A lot of people did it and he did it best. Alistair Sim as Scrooge. Still my favorite.
5. Next year's Picture Slot. I might put Brandon Routh from Superman Returns, but that would be out of pity. One of my favorite actors in one of my favorite comedies would be Tony Shaloub from Galaxy Quest. He's the early betting favorite.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially Brain Blessed, The Loudest Man in Britain, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
66 of 70 predicted the Nationals over the Giants
57 of 70 predicted the Dodgers over the Cardinals
53 of 70 predicted the Angels over the Royals
40 of 70 predicted the Tigers over the Orioles
Reality: For those of you keeping score at home, the consensus picks have been WRONG EVERY TIME! It's hard to suck that bad. Even Republican pollsters get some stuff right.
For the most part, the consensus has picked the team with the better regular season record, though for some reason they didn't go with the Orioles or with the Royals in the wild card game against the A's. Their correct prediction percentage is at 27.7% and it has nowhere to go but down. Only six experts picks the Cards to represent the N.L., only one picked my beloved Giants. In the A.L., the Orioles got fourteen votes and the Royals got three. All of those numbers are out of 70 predictions, so as you can see, nothing better comes later.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Back to the regular schedule and another prediction from The Experts Speak.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!