Wednesday, December 10, 2014
10 December 2014
Raven-Symone b. 1985 (Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Doctor Dolittle)
Xavier Samuel b. 1983 (Frankenstein , Twilight Saga)
Patrick John Fluger b. 1983 (Warehouse 13, The 4400)
Erik A. Williams b. 1979 (The Apocrypha, Teen Wolf, The Big Bang Theory, Rock ‘N Roll Vampire, Zombie Epidemic, The Hunger [TV], The Dark Knight)
Summer Phoenix b. 1978 (The Faculty, Swamp Thing [TV])
Emmanuelle Chiriqui b. 1977 (The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Jake 2.0, Futuresport, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, The Adventures of Sinbad, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Forever Knight, Harrison Bergeron)
Arnold Pinnock b. 1967 (Beauty and the Beast [2014 TV], Alphas, Lost Girl, Riverworld, Warehouse 13, The Incredible Hulk , Category 6: Day of Destruction, Cypher, Odyssey 5, Relic Hunter, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Total Recall 2070)
Nia Peeples b. 1961 (Lavalantula, Andromeda, The Coven, Deadlocked: Escape from Zone 14, Highlander [TV], DeepStar Six)
Kenneth Brannagh b. 1960 (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Frankenstein; director, Thor)
David-Paul Grove b. 1958 (Once Upon a Time, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, Andromeda, Elf, The New Addams Family)
Michael Clarke Duncan b. 1957 Died 3 September 2012 (The Last Mimzy, The Island, Sin City, George and the Dragon, Daredevil, The Scorpion King, Planet of the Apes, The Green Mile, Breakfast of Champions, Armageddon, Weird Science [TV])
Susan Dey b. 1952 (Looker)
Fionnula Flanagan b. 1941 (Defiance, Lost, A Christmas Carol , Star Trek: Enterprise/The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Beauty and the Beast [1990 TV], Voyagers!, The Bionic Woman)
Tisha Sterling b. 1944 (Breakfast of Champions, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], The Immortal, Batman[TV], Village of the Giants)
Tommy Kirk b. 1941 (The Education of a Vampire, Billy Frankenstein, Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds, Mars Needs Women, It’s Alive, Village of the Giants, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Son of Flubber, Babes in Toyland, The Absent Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog)
Mako b. 1933 died 21 July 2006 (Rise: Blood Hunter, Samurai Jack, Charmed, Bulletproof Monk, Highlander: The Final Dimension, RoboCop 3, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Greatest American Hero, Voyagers!, The Incredible Hulk, Salvage 1, Wonder Woman, The Island at the Top of the World, The Time Tunnel, The Green Hornet, I Dream of Jeannie)
John Colicos b. 1928 died 6 March 2000 (Star Trek: Original Series/Deep Space Nine, Battlestar Galactica, War of the Worlds [1989 TV], Deadly Nightmares, The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, The Starlost)
Barbara Nichols b. 1928 died 5 October 1976 (Batman, Twilight Zone)
Jean Byron b. 1925 died 3 February 2006 (Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Batman, Invisible Invaders, Jungle Moon Men, The Magnetic Monster)
Harold Gould b. 1923 died 11 September 2010 (Lois & Clark, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, I Dream of Jeannie, The Invaders, The Green Hornet, The Satan Bug, Twilight Zone, The Man from Planet X)
Alexander Courage b. 1919 died 15 may 2008 (composer, Star Trek, Superman IV, Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space)
Hal Baylor b. 1918 died 5 January 1998 (A Boy and his Dog, Planet of the Apes [TV], Star Trek, The Invaders, Batman, My Favorite Martian, The Addams Family, Tobor the Great)
Anne Gwynne b. 1918 died 31 March 2003 (Teenage Monster, House of Frankenstein, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe)
Mary Norton b. 1903 died 29 August 1992 (author, Bed Knobs and Broomsticks, The Borrowers)
Moyna MacGill b. 1895 died 25 November 1975 (My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone, Bride of the Gorilla, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Lots of good choices for iconic folk on today's list, but geezer that I am, I'd say the youngest person here with an iconic genre role is Kenneth Brannagh in Harry Potter. Last year, I had a still of Tisha Sterling and Tommy Kirk together from Village of the Giants because... reasons. This year, it's John Colicos, a terrific Oh That Guy, or is he an Oh That Klingon? Next year, I'm not sure, but two of my favorite Oh That Guy actors, Mako and Michael Clarke Duncan, are the early favorites. I also love Harold Gould, but for me his iconic roles are in The Sting as Kid Twist and Love and Death as Woody Allen's rival.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are two Canadians and two impostors who look somewhat Canadian. See if you can tell the true from the false.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader released, 2010
Prediction: Night falls upon the excited city. This is only a phrase, for there is no more night except in the rooms where men sleep. When the sun sets, myriads of electric moons make an artificial day as bright as the real, a terrestrial daylight that mounts into the sky and puts the stars to shame. The citizens of New York, mounted upon raid airships, go out with their families for fresh air in the Catskills and the Berkshire Hills, which have become city parks, full of crowds and music.
Reality: Umm... no. Because of the lack of flying cars, an afternoon jaunt to the Catskills or Berkshires in not a good use of time for most New Yorkers, both locations about 140 miles away from the city. Also, there is more light on the streets of most cities than there was 100 years back, but it's from electric street lamps, not artificial satellites whose light would blot out the stars.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We heard the swan song of Lee de Forest, one of many regular predictors who will be retiring in the next few weeks.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!