Monday, November 24, 2014
24 November 2014
Sarah Hyland b. 1990 (Vampire Academy, Monster Heroes)
Elena Satine b. 1987 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Smallville)
Karine Varnasse b. 1983 (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Meredith Henderson b. 1983 (Jumper, The Dresden Files, Puppets Who Kill, MythQuest, Strange World, Goosebumps)
Joey Ansah b. 1982 (Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, U.F.O., Snow White and the Huntsman, Starhyke, Batman Begins)
Michael Patrick Carter b. 1981 (Legend [1995 TV], Quantum Leap, Child’s Play 3, Child’s Play)
Katherine Heigl b. 1978 (Roswell, Bug Buster, Bride of Chucky)
Colin Hanks b. 1977 (King Kong, Roswell)
Danielle Nicolet b. 1973 (Warehouse 13, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Angel, Stargate SG-1, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Brimstone)
Lola Glaudini b. 1971 (Good vs Evil)
Brandon Molale b. 1971 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Revolution, The Guild, True Blood, The Dead Undead, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Charmed)
Scott Krinsky b. 1968 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Juan Pablo Gamboa b. 1966 (The Damned, Vampires: Los Muertos)
Shirley Henderson b. 1965 (Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Conleth Hill b. 1964 (Game of Thrones)
Garret Dillahunt b. 1964 (Looper, Alphas, The Road, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The 4400, Seven Days, The X Files)
Lisa Maxwell b. 1963 (The Tripods)
Debra Lamb b. 1963 (Evil Spirits, The Invisible Maniac, Beverly Hills Vamp, B.O.R.N.)
Shae D’lyn b. 1962 (Super Zeroes, Ghost Mom, Quantum Leap)
Amanda Wyss b. 1960 (Charmed, Digital Man, Highlander [TV], Quantum, Leap, Otherword, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Powers of Matthew Star, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
Alain Chabat b. 1958 (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)
Denise Crosby b. 1957 (The Walking Dead, Invasion Roswell, Legend of the Phantom Rider, The X Files, Deep Impact, Lois & Clark, Mutant Species, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Flash , Pet Sematary)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson b. 1956 (Devil’s Advocate)
Stanley Livingston b. 1960 (Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds)
Glenn Withrow b. 1953 (ALF, Faerie Tale Theatre, Peggy Sue Got Married)
Dianne Hull b. 1949 (Amazing Stories, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking)
Spider Robinson b. 1948 (author, Callahan, Mindkiller, Stardance)
Joe Howard b. 1948 (American Horror Story, Dollhouse, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Buffy, The Powers of Matthew Star, Mork & Mindy)
Dwight Schultz b. 1947 (Dead Last, Star Trek, Stargate SG-1, The Lost World , Lois & Clark, Babylon 5, Weird Science [TV])
Michael Edwards b. 1944 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
Ken Hutchinson b. 1943 (Ladyhawke, Space: 1999)
Billy Connolly b. 1942 (The Hobbit, Gulliver’s Travels, The X Files: I Want to Believe, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prince Charming, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
John Justin b. 1917 died 29 November 2002 (The Thief of Bagdad)
Forrest J. Ackerman b. 1916 died 4 December 2008 (Famous Monsters of Filmland, Perry Rhodan, Northwest Smith, Scientifilm Marquee)
Howard Duff b. 1913 died 8 July 1990 (Werewolf, The Immortal, Batman, Twilight Zone, Spaceways)
Rudolf Klein-Rogge b. 1855 died 30 April 1955 (Metropolis)
Frances Hodgson Burnett b. 1849 died 29 October 1924 (author, The Secret Garden)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year I went with Conleth Hill, the actor who plays Lord Varys on Game of Thrones. This year, it's Denise Crosby as Tasha Yar from Star Trek: The Next Generation. While there are well known performers scattered throughout the list, the youngest person I consider iconic in genre is Shirley Henderson as Moaning Myrtle and the oldest is Rudolf Klein-Rogge, the mad scientist from Metropolis.
2. Two Canadians, nigh unspottable. Karine Varnasse and Meredith Henderson. Varnasse has made no appearances on the Canuck sci-fi shows and Henderson was on The Dresden Files and Strange World, not the most famous Canadian productions.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: O'Neill proposes that by 2010, we could build a city that could house 10,000 people in a geosynchronous cylindrical orbiting station that rotates slowly along its major axis, simulating gravity. Fiber optic light would simulate the sun passing overhead so that citizens would not suffer chronobiological shock. The major drawback would be "looking up" and seeing the other half of the space station, which might cause vertigo in some observers.
Reality: We haven't tried anything like this. Space travel is a beloved concept in science fiction, but no one has figured out how to make a buck out of it, so it's still just for government scientists and the occasional millionaire daredevil.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
The final rhetoric flourish of FM-2030.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!