Wednesday, November 12, 2014
12 November 2014
Anne Hathaway b. 1982 (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Alice in Wonderland, Ella Enchanted)
Daisy McCrackin b. 1981 (The Unseen, Halloween: Resurrection, Angel)
Ryan Gosling b. 1980 (Young Hercules, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Frankenstein and Me)
Yvette Rachelle b. 1979 (Alien Encounter)
Ashley Williams b. 1978 (Warehouse 13)
Johnny Hawkes b. 1978 (Zombie Strippers!, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: the TV Show)
Radha Mitchell b. 1973 (Surrogates, Pitch Black)
Robert Lawrenson b. 1971 (Primeval: New World, Underworld: Awakening, Sanctuary, Smallville)
Craig Parker b. 1970 (Sleepy Hollow, Legend of the Seeker, Power Rangers, Lord of the Rings, Xena: Warrior Princess, Young Hercules, The Tommyknockers)
Harvey Stephens b. 1970 (The Omen [1976 and 2006])
Daz Crawford b. 1968 (Star Seed, Grayson: Earth One, Hammer of the Gods, Blade II)
Alex Carter b. 1964 (Beauty and the Beast , Haven, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Jericho, The Island, Veritas: The Quest, Earth: Final Conflict, Dark Angel, Early Edition, War of the Worlds [TV series])
Sam Lloyd b. 1963 (The Nightmare Room, Galaxy Quest, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Flubber )
Karen Sheperd b. 1961 (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, America 3000)
Megan Mullally b. 1958 (Monkeybone, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Tall Tales and Legends)
Rhonda Shear b. 1954 (Earth Minus Zero, Frogtown II, Spaceballs, Galaxina)
Max Grodénchik b. 1952 (Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Insurrection, Sliders, Rumplestiltskin, Apollo 13, Tales from the Crypt, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Rocketeer)
Michael Bishop b. 1945 (won 1983 Nebula for No Enemy But Time)
Julie Ege b. 1943 died 29 April 2008 (The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, The Last Days of Man on Earth, Creatures the World Forgot)
Wallace Shawn b. 1943 (Vamps, Eureka, Jack and the Beanstalk , Southland Tales, Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, My Favorite Martian , The Meteor Man, Mom and Dad Save the World, The Princess Bride, Nice Girls Don’t Explode, Strange Invaders, Simon)
Dave Cockrum b. 1943 died 26 November 2006 (comic book artist, creator of Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler)
Michael Ende b. 1929 died 29 August 1995 (writer, The NeverEnding Story)
Kim Hunter b. 1922 died 11 September 2002 (Project U.F.O., The Evil Touch, Planet of the Apes and sequels)
Paul Maxwell b. 1921 died 19 December 1991 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Aliens, UFO, It!, How to Make a Monster, Blood of Dracula)
Richard Quine b. 1920 died 10 June 1989 (director, Project U.F.O., Bell Book and Candle)
Ray Kellogg b. 1919 died 26 September 1981 (The Invaders, The Addams Family, My Favorite Martian, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Liam Dunn b. 1916 died 11 April 1976 (Young Frankenstein, The Girl with Something Extra, Genesis II, Captain Nice)
Notes on the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. Last year it was Harvey Stephens, Damien in The Omen. This year, we have the rare combination that the youngest person on the list is an honest to Odin movie star, one with iconic roles in genre movies and a fabulous babe to boot, so happy birthday Anne Hathaway. As for next year, I'm leaning towards Wallace Shawn in The Princess Bride, still one of my favorite films.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are four, all guys, but only one has a C.V. that gives his nationality away. The oldest, the late Paul Maxwell, did a lot of voice work for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, including Thunderbirds Are Go! and Fireball XL-5. Some folks, mainly Brits, are crazy with nostalgia for those puppet shows. They just creeped me the hell out.
I'll give the answers for the other three in the comments in the afternoon.
3. The Guy at the Door. Wallace Shawn turns 71 today, not particularly old by today's standards, but the two other folks who share the exact same birthday, comic book artist Dave Cockrum and fabulous Norwegian babe Julie Ege, did not make it to 71. Everyone younger than Shawn is alive and everyone older is dead.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, with special best wishes to Wallace Shawn, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: (Continuing the story of the exploration of the moon, starting in 1950): He opened the way. Crowds ventured to make the terrific voyage. Many never returned. Visionary persons suggest that, as weight counted for nothing in the ethermobile, tons of solidified air should be transported to be liberated on the moon, where, held by the attraction of gravitation, it would little by little form an atmosphere. Such a task would have taken centuries and impoverished our own supply of air. Instead of this, chemical reagents were employed which stated a chemical revolution on the moon and liberated vast quantities of oxygen that had been combined with minerals.
After many voyages and many experiments, a thin stratum of breathable air spread over the lower places on the surface. Slender though it was, it sufficed for vegetation of humble plants such as mosses and lichens, and though natural chemistry form vapor. From that time the dead moon was reborn; its atmosphere increased in volume through the sole agency of the respiration of the plants. Little by little the inhabitants of the earth noticed changes in the appearance of their satellite, now covered by fine, misty flakes, which broke up the light into exquisite twilight tints. It was at last possible to live there. The higher plants were now beginning to grow; the decay of vegetable matter was forming soil. A few small animals were taken there; then a whole Noah's Ark. These, by supplying organic matter, were contributing to make the moon at some later day habitable to man.
Matters have reached this stage now (2011), when John Smith is listening to the story in the Museum. If man has not yet taken possession of his colony, he has made many excursions to it and is accustoming himself to its severe climate. The species of animals that are now extinct upon the earth, save in a few zoos, are developing at liberty and transforming themselves naturally to adapt themselves to their new conditions of existence.
Reality: Getting real, we haven't tried to terraform the moon, but the writer has a pretty good idea of what the process would be like. The word terraform is said to have been coined in 1942 and one of the first scholarly attempts to nail down the process is written by Carl Sagan in the 1960s, but our scribe from 1911 gets high marks for vaguely describing something which has become real science in our day, though we haven't attempted it on any off world body yet.
An obit appeared yesterday for Carol Ann Susi, the voice of Howard's mother on The Big Bang Theory. She had a brief illness and died at the age of 62. I usually don't count voice work, but I do make exceptions and her role certainly is worth an exception. In front of the camera, she had roles in the genre productions Journeyman, Cats & Dogs, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Death Becomes Her and the 1970s TV show Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
Best wishes to all the family and friends of Carol Ann Susi, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Could we get two consecutive days with a fabulous babe in the Picture Slot? The signs look good.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!