Wednesday, November 26, 2014
26 November 2014
Tamsin Egerton b. 1988 (Camelot, The Mists of Avalon)
Trevor Morgan b. 1986 (Vampire, Jurassic Park III, The Sixth Sense)
Buddy Quaid b. 1974 (Psycho Beach Party, DragonHeart)
Peter Facinelli b. 1973 (Twilight Saga, The Scorpion King, Supernova)
Frank Chiesrin b. 1973 (The Strain, Beauty and the Beast [2013 TV, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Odyssey 5, Witchblade, Big Wolf on Campus)
Adam Harrington b. 1972 (Supernatural, Smallville, Deep Evil, Jeremiah, Stephen King's Dead Zone, Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Seven Days, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, NightMan, Welcome to Paradox)
Kristin Bauer van Straten b. 1966 (True Blood, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Star Trek:Enterprise, Galaxis, Lois & Clark)
Garcelle Beauvais b. 1966 (10.5: Apocalypse)
Scott Adsit b. 1965 (Time Trumpet, Charmed, Early Edition)
Jamie Rose b. 1959 (Weird Science [TV], Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, Hard Time on Planet Earth, Amazing Stories)
Joe Fowler b. 1955 (Independence Day)
Julien Temple b. 1953 (director, Earth Girls Are Easy)
Juanin Clay b. 1949 12 March 1995 (WarGames, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
Mark L. Lester b. 1946 (Dragons of Camelot, Pterodactyl, Firestarter)
Daniel Davis b. 1945 (The Prestige, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Mark Margolis b. 1939 (American Horror Story, Immortals, Headspace, Daredevil, Infested, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap)
Tina Turner b. 1939 (Last Action Hero, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
Marian Mercer b. 1935 died 27 April 2011 (Harry and the Hendersons [TV])
Robert Goulet b. 1933 died 30 October 2007 (Beetlejuice)
Conrad Bachmann b. 1932 (The Astronaut's Wife, The Visitor, Team Knight Rider, Dark Skies, Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero, Tremors, Otherworld, Futureworld)
Daniel Petrie b. 1920 died 22 August 2004 (director, The Hidden Room, Cocoon: The Return, The Neptune Factor)
Henry Beckman b. 1921 died 17 June 2008 (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, The X Files, Poltergest: The Legacy, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Werewolf, The Lost Satellite, The Brood, The Lost Saucer, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Immortal, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Munsters, My Living Doll, The Satan Bug, Twilight Zone, Flash Gordon)
Frederick Pohl b. 1919 died 2 September 2013 (won 1977 Nebula for Man Plus, won 1978 Hugo and Nebula for Gateway)
Adele Jergens b. 1917 died 22 November 2002 (The Day the World Ended, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man)
Cyril Cusack b. 1910 died 7 October 1993 (The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Tales of the Unexpected, Fahrenheit 451)
Frances Dee b. 1909 died 6 March 2004 (I Walked with a Zombie)
Norbert Wiener b. 1894 died 18 March 1964 (Author, The Human Use of Human Beings)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year it was Kristin Bauer van Straten from True Blood, this year it's Tina Turner from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Using my usual standard of iconic in genre, Peter Facinelli from The Twilight Saga is the favorite in 2015.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are three, one easy, one medium, the last a tough challenge.
3. Wait... they're dead? I probably heard about Robert Goulet and Marian Mercer dying, but they both caught me by surprise when I clicked on their respective pages on imdb.com
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home released, 1986
Predictor: Anonymous writer in the New York World, predicting the year 2011 in 1911
Prediction: When John Smith left the Museum it was about 3 o'clock. He was struck by an unusual aspect of the streets. Sidewalks moved, unoccupied, scarcely a vehicle flew through the air. But a vast crowd was gathered in one of the squares ands all eyes were turned upon a white sheet that hung in a window. Suddenly, streams of ink began tracing letters upon the sheet and Smith read:
3 P.M. - In checking the accounts of a certain Lafuite, cashier of the Boston Bank, away on his vacation, a deficit of $3,000,000 has just been discovered. At this moment the portrait of the defaulter is being sent by wireless photography to all points of the world. It is known that he is not in New York.
Then the sheet was drawn up and an immense photograph of the dishonest cashier was shown. The crowd greeted it with hoots.
At this very moment this very portrait was being displayed in every city and town in the world, from the cold abode of the Esquimaux to that of the Tierra del Fuegans, from the island dots in the middle of the oceans to the highest peaks of Asia. It was also appearing of the receiving boards of ships upon the sea, of subterranean railroads and airships far above the clouds. It was appearing in the submarine abysses in which men were working or travelling or working. There was scarcely a human being who had not this picture before his eyes. Ah! How difficult has the profession of thief become! Throughout the city the news was discussed. Soon a new dispatch was posted...
Reality: I'm splitting this exciting story of crime into parts because there are enough predictions in this segment to discuss. Instantaneous worldwide transmission is possible in 2011, though the author doesn't guess at television as the means. Of course, practical TV transmission is still decades away, so it is not to the discredit of our author to know nothing of the actual method.
More than this, worldwide manhunts are not the reason for nearly universal viewership. Even the slo-mo O.J. chase was only an American show in terms of crime. Big audiences like this are usually caused by sporting events like the World Cup or maybe some natural disaster.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another look at life at home in the year 2000 by Dr. Lee de Forest in 1960.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!