"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!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

15 November 2014

Shailene Woodley b. 1991 (Allegiant, Insurgent, Divergent)
Laci J Mailey b. 1990 (Falling Skies, Continuum, Evil Feed, Arrow, Supernatural, Captain Starship)
Gemma Atkinson b. 1984 (Night of the Living 3D Dead, Night Wolf)
Susie Abromeit b. 1982 (Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, Supernatural, Mysterious Island [2012], Battle Los Angeles, Mothman)
Yaya DaCosta b. 1982 (TRON: Legacy)
Samantha Shelton b. 1978 (Rise: Blood Hunter, Charmed, Roswell)
Sean Murray b. 1977 (Hocus Pocus)
J. C. Brandy b. 1975 (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Kindred: The Embraced)
Sydney Tamiia Poitier b. 1973 (Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, Knight Rider [2009 TV])
Jessica Stevenson Hynes b. 1972 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Doctor Who, Shaun of the Dead)
Jonny Lee Miller b. 1972 (Dark Shadows [2012], AEon Flux, Dracula 2000, Doctor Who)
Jay Harrington b. 1971 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Rachel True b. 1966 (Sharknado 2: The Second One, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, The Craft, Embrace of the Vampire)
Kevin J. O’Connor b. 1963 (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Flight of the Living Dead, The Others [2000 TV], Van Helsing, The Mummy, Deep Rising, Virtuosity)
Roberta Weiss b. 1961 (Deadly Nightmares, Tales from the Darkside, The Dead Zone)
Ray McKinnon b. 1957 (The X Files, Apollo 13, Roswell [1994 TV movie], The Stand, Needful Things)
Beverly D’Angelo b. 1951 (Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills, Tales from the Crypt, High Spirits, The Man Who Fell to Earth [TV], Faerie Tale Theatre)
Bob Gunton b. 1945 (Daredevil [2015 TV], Bats, Roswell [TV movie], Star Trek: The Next Generation, Demolition Man)
Roger Donaldson b. 1945 (director, Species)
Sam Waterston b. 1940 (Amazing Stories, Capricorn One)
Yaphet Kotto b. 1939 (The Puppet Masters, SeaQuest 2032, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, The Running Man, Alien)
Gloria Foster b. 1933 died 29 November 2001 (The Matrix, Leonard Part 6)
J.G. Ballard b. 1930 died 19 April 2009 (writer, The Drowned World, The Burning World, Crash)
Ed Asner b. 1929 (Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Elf, The X Files, The Invaders, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits)
John Orchard b. 1928 died 3 November 1995 (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Time Tunnel)
Barbara Cason b. 1928 died 18 June 1990 (Mork & Mindy, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Tabitha, House of Dark Shadows)
Lewis Stone b. 1879 died 12 September 1953 (The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Lost World [1925])

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. On Wednesday, I noted it was rare that I use the youngest person on the list in the Picture Slot, but here it has happened again, since Shailene Woodley is the star of a series of movies now and she is the poster girl, not unlike Jennifer Lawrence. Last year, I used Yaphet Kotto from Alien and next year's best bet is Gloria Foster as the Oracle from the first two Matrix movies.

2. Spot the Canadians! There are two, both born after 1960. The younger is easy to find, the older a little more difficult. Answers later in the day.

3. Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys?!? A quick check of my birthday database shows that I had never typed in the name of this movie before and today there are two folks with birthdays who were in this piece of cheese. That's a weird coincidence. I will say that the mouth of the lamprey is one of the scariest things in the vertebrate kingdom with that creepy circle of sucker teeth.

4. Ed Asner and Sam Waterston in genre? I actually saw Capricorn One, so I wasn't so surprised about Sam Waterston, but only two roles in genre in such a long career says something about the roles he picks. As for Asner, he does a lot of voice work and if I counted all of it, he would have a list five or six times as long as the one he has, but I knew nothing about the 1960s shows he was on and I might have seen one or two. I guess that isn't so surprising, since he wasn't famous when I saw them and I don't think The Invaders or The Outer Limits made it into syndication so I would get that "Hey, it's Ed Asner!" moment.

5. Born 1879? Yeah, Lewis Stone, best known for played Judge Hardy in the Andy Hardy movies, was in a silent sci-fi and the 1930s Fu Manchu movie is list on imbd.com as sci-fi. Go figure.

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

Movies released
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released 2002
Predictor: John Habberton (1842-1921), Author of Helen's Babies and other light fiction, predicting life in America in 1993 in honor of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago

Prediction (Reality in parentheses): All soil worth tilling will receive the best possible attention. All the forests will be gone. (Yeah, chop it all down. Why not?)

Government will have disappeared. The people will tolerate nothing more than an administration, on business principles, of such general interests as are too great or complex to be intrusted to private management. (Umm, no.)

Medicine will be practiced at police stations and among outcasts, for respectable people will have resolved that illness not caused by accident is disgracefully criminal. (What? He lived into his late seventies, well past the average of his time. I find myself hoping he died from something lingering and painful.)

Temperance legislation will be a long dead issue. Proper cooking and improved physical habits will have neutralized the desire for stimulants. (Yeah, and you got my weight and astrological sign wrong too, buddy.)

All marriages will be happy, for the law shall put to death any man or woman who assumes conjugal position without the proper physical, mental and financial qualifications. (What a creepy fascist this guy is.)

Perhaps I am wrong in some of these prophecies, but if so I shall not be here to be twitted with it - now will I? (No, Habberton, you aren't here, but I am glad to pull your nearly forgotten corpse out of the ground and give several well-deserved whacks.)

(Though to be fair, nice moustache.)

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

 Another Sunday, another nuclear war scenario.

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  1. Ed Asner's voice work this century also plants him more firmly in the genre camp. He 's voiced Granny Goodness in several DC Comics-based cartoons, and also shown up in Marvel's Spider-Man cartoons.

    As for Habberton: besides unintentionally providing wonderful propaganda for communists, he apparently didn't sport a beard. I hope he died because he went and f*cked himself.

    1. Yeah, Asner's been big in voice work since Captain Planet.

      As for Habberton, can you imagine how much nastier divorce cases would be if the death penalty was involved?

  2. The Outer Limits was certainly in syndication in the 1970s. Not certain much beyond that, though, and syndication didn't mean what it does now. (I keep thinking The Invaders was as well; can't really think of a way that Frank Black (b. 1965) could otherwise cite it as major influence.)

    1. I'm sure you're right, but I think I watched a little of it and thought "It's always about the reveal of the scary monster, which they called The Bear." I liked the interesting stories more than the creepy reveal, though I admit Twilight Zone did both.


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