Monday, December 15, 2014
15 December 2014
Chandler Canterbury b. 1998 (The Host , Fringe, Repo Men, Knowing, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Emma Lockhart b. 1994 (The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Batman Begins)
Sonalii Castillo b. 1984 (Heroes)
Camilla Luddington b. 1983 (True Blood)
Jessica Borden b. 1983 (Dark Skies, Her Morbid Desires)
Charlie Cox b. 1982 (Daredevil , Stardust, A for Andromeda )
George Gore II b. 1982 (The Nightmare Room, Devil’s Advocate)
Michelle Dockery b. 1981 (Selfless, Hogfather)
Brendan Fletcher b. 1981 (Altergeist, Leprechaun: Origins, 13 Eerie, Ring of Fire, BloodRayne: The Third Reich, Smallville, Supernatural, Ginger Snaps 2, Jake 2.0, Freddy vs. Jason, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Welcome to Paradox)
Victoria Summer b. 1981 (Terrordactyl, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dracula: Reborn, The Zombie Diaries)
Yuriy Kolokolnikov b. 1980 (Game of Thrones)
Adam Brody b. 1979 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Jennifer’s Body, The Ring, Smallville)
Geoff Stults b. 1977 (The Chronicle)
Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)
Stuart Townsend b. 1972 (Night Stalker , AEon Flux, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned, Simon Magus)
Michael Shanks b. 1970 (Elysium, Stargate, Captain Starship, Smallville, Supernatural, Eureka, Mega Snake, Andromeda, Escape from Mars, Highlander [TV])
Ralph Ineson b. 1969 (The Witch, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Selfish Giant, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Merlin [2010 TV], Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Garrett Wang b. 1968 (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG-1)
Molly Price b. 1966 (Bionic Woman )
Anjul Nigam b. 1965 (Terminator Salvation, Supernatural, Cloverfield, NetForce)
Helen Slater b. 1963 (Caper, Smallville, Supernatural, The Hidden Room, Supergirl)
Ellie Cornell b. 1963 (The Thirst, House of the Dead, Halloween 4 and 5)
Robert Charles Wilson b. 1953 (Won the 2006 Hugo for Spin)
Alex Cox b. 1954 (director, Repo Chick, Repo Man)
Marta DuBois b. 1952 (Land of the Lost [1992 TV], She-Wolf of London, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, Starman [TV], Voyagers!)
Don Johnson b. 1949 (From Dusk Till Dawn [2014 TV], Tales of the Unexpected, Revenge of the Stepford Wives, A Boy and his Dog)
Cassandra Harris b. 1948 died 28 December 1991 (Space: 1999)
David Gwillim b. 1948 (The Invisible Man [1984 TV], The Island at the Top of the World)
Thaao Penghlis b. 1945 (Altered States)
Morgan Paull b. 1944 died 17 July 2012 (Blade Runner, Beyond Westworld, The Swarm, Twilight’s Last Gleaming)
Rueven Bar-Yotam b. 1935 (The Invisible Man, Small Wonder)
Tim Conway b. 1933 (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Shaggy D.A.)
Bob Todd b. 1921 died 21 October 1992 (Superman III, The Flying Sorcerer, Digby, The Biggest Dog in the World, Scars of Dracula)
Jack Gwillim b. 1909 died 2 July 2001 (The Monster Squad, Clash of the Titans, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, Jason and the Argonauts, A for Andromeda )
Gordon Douglas b. 1907 died 29 September 1993 (director, Them!)
Notes on the Birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I used Garrett Wang from Star Trek: Voyager, since I consider any regular from a Star Trek show is iconic. This year it's Helen Slater from Supergirl, a throwback to days gone by when I had high hopes for nearly all genre movies. It was not Ms. Slater's fault the movie was so bad, the fault as usual starts with the writing. As for next year, the list doesn't have that many iconic roles on it, but I would say the favorite right now is Don Johnson from A Boy and His Dog, a movie from the 1970s when a post-apocalyptic world felt like a fresh concept.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are two and their careers do give them away. Answers later today.
3. Other interesting trivia. Jack and David Gwillim are father and son, David born on his dad's 39th birthday. Poor Cassandra Harris, who died at 43, was Pierce Brosnan's wife.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Superman released, 1978
Prediction: The crucial test for earth scientists in the decades ahead may well be the ability to overcome the warming caused by pollution in the ozone layer and the build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. This trend, it is generally held, could have a disastrous impact on earth weather, even potentially altering the shorelines of many countries. As the situation worsens towards the end of the 20th Century, scientists will undertake a massive research effort, the atmospheric equivalent of the space race, to devise methods of removing the pollutants and re-balancing the atmosphere. The major breakthroughs will come a decade into the 21st Century and will lead to eventual climate control through manipulation of atmospheric conditions.
Reality: Oh, don't we wish! Climate change deniers like to say "Remember when we were told a new ice age was coming?" Those predictions were very few and overblown by the press. The consensus on global warming is well over three decades old and the petroleum industry is working as hard as they can to make it look as though the science isn't settled.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We hear from our new Tuesday regular W. Warren Wagar and his 1991 book A Short History of the Future.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!