Tuesday, November 4, 2014
4 November 2014
Fivel Stewart b. 1996 (Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft)
Jean-Luc Bilodeau b. 1990 (Piranha 3DD, No Ordinary Family, Kyle XY, Supernatural)
Alexz Johnson b. 1986 (Haven, Smallville, So Weird)
Travis Van Winkle b. 1982 (The Last Ship, Transformers)
Justine Waddell b. 1976 (The Fall, Dracula 2000)
Warren Christie b. 1975 (Arrow, Alphas, Once Upon a Time, Apollo 18, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Andromeda, 10.5)
Wendy Hoopes b. 1972 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Miles Pollard b. 1972 (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Matthew McConaughey b. 1969 (Interstellar, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D, Reign of Fire, Contact, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation)
Samantha Smith b. 1969 (Supernatural, Transformers, Dragonfly, Dark Angel, What Planet Are You From?, Avalon: Beyond the Abyss)
Kiersten Warren b. 1965 (Fringe, The Astronaut Farmer, Bicentennial Man, NightMan, Independence Day)
Annabelle Gurwitch b. 1961 (Charmed, Encino Woman, Alien Nation [TV])
Ralph Macchio b. 1961 (Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Undead)
Ken Kirzinger b. 1959 (Psych, Fringe, Smallville, Stan Helsing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Stargate, Journey to the Center of the Earth [2008 TV Movie], Supernatural, Andromeda, Freddy vs. Jason, Dark Angel, Futuresport, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, The X Files, Highlander [TV], Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)
Markie Post b. 1950 (VR.5, The Greatest American Hero, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk)
Noam Pitka b. 1938 (director, Space Jam)
Loretta Swit b. 1937 (Whoops Apocalypse, It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman)
Kate Reid b. 1930 died 27 March 1993 (The Andromeda Strain)
Doris Roberts b. 1925 (Mrs. Miracle, Aliens in the Attic, Faerie Tale Theatre, ‘Way Out)
Martin Balsam b. 1919 died 13 February 1996 (Twilight Zone [1987, 1986, 1963 and 1959], Murder in Space, Space, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Art Carney b. 1918 died 9 November 2003 (Faerie Tale Theatre, Firestarter, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Batman, Twilight Zone, Art Carney Meet the Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Cameron Mitchell b. 1918 died 6 July 1994 (Demon Cop, Space Mutiny, Frankenstein Island, The Demon, The Incredible Hulk, Supersonic Man, Project U.F.O., Death in Space, Flight to Mars)
Leonardo Cimino b. 1917 died 3 March 2012 (Waterworld, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Monster Squad, V, Amityville II: The Possession, ‘Way Out)
Gig Young b. 1913 died 19 October 1978 (Twilight Zone)
Ian Wolfe b. 1896 died 23 January 1992 (Amazing Stories, Wizards and Warriors, Wonder Woman, The Terminal Man, THX 1138, Star Trek, The Invaders, The Green Hornet, Twilight Zone, The Lost World )
Notes on the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Ian Wolfe from one of his Star Trek appearances and this year I was tempted to use another of the deceased actors in a role from the original Twilight Zone, but instead I decided to skew younger and use a still from the Interstellar movie now in theaters starring birthday boy Matthew McConaughey.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are four Canadians today, though technically Warren Christie was born in Northern Ireland. There is one Yank with a telltale show on the resume, so you have to spot the single non-Canadian of the likely suspects.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: Telecommunities: Industrial age cities have a great future - as museums. We should close them down and move out. What will replace cities? We have some early forerunners of 21st century telecommunitites: mobile communities - airparks - global festivals - global video events - space colonies.
A telecommunity can be instant - activated in day dismantled in hours. These new communities accomodate the increasing mobility of people - they are in effect liftoff/landing platforms. They are also fluid and modular - no stones bricks or concrete - nothing that will stay long enough to atrophy into tenements and ghettoes. Abundant solar energy means that these linkup spheres can be set up anywhere. Deploy only automated vehicles and modules that fly. Streets are obsolete. The new communities are completely telesphered: teleducation - telemedicine - teleshopping etc. The size is nonissue - they continuously expand contract transform as the people flow in and out. Telecommunites coalesce the new variables and can act as momentum swings to 21st-century life.
Reality: Can you imagine what it must have been like to hear this jerk talk? I get a headache just typing in two paragraphs of his verbatim. Let me correct that. A teleheadache that requires at least three teleaspirins.
The closest thing to his idea in Burning Man, which started in 1986, five years after he wrote this. But that's just a strange vacation idea and not a way of life for the whole planet 24/7.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
More verbatim typing for me, but this time from the 1911 New York World predictions about 2011.
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!