"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

18 December 2014

Bridgit Mendler b. 1992 (The Wizards of Waverly Place)
Tiger Darrow b. 1992 (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams)
Ashley Benson b. 1989 (Time Warrior, Eastwick, Supernatural)
Katie Holmes b. 1978 (Batman Begins, Muppets from Space)
Josh Dallas b. 1981 (Once Upon a Time, Thor, Doctor Who)
Anna Walton b. 1980 (Mutant Chronicles, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Vampire Diary)
Baron Vaughn b. 1980 (Cloverfield)
Amy Grabow b. 1979 (Supernatural, Charmed)
Erin Simms b. 1976 (Eureka, Fringe)
James Payton b. 1975 (The Shadow of Bigfoot, Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Julian Arahanga b. 1972 (The Matrix, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Victoria Pratt b. 1970 (Dracano, Mongolian Death Worm, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, House of the Dead 2, Mutant X, Cleopatra 2525, Xena)
Casper Van Dien b. 1968 (Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine, Sharktopus vs. Mermantula, Sleeping Beauty [2014], Mortal Kombat: Legacy, 500 MPH Storm, Dracula 3000, Sleepy Hollow [1999], The Time Shifters, The Omega Code, Modern Vampires, Starship Troopers, Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus)
Len J. Phillips b. 1966 (Naked Alien Massacre, Zombie #1)
Robson Green b. 1964 (Being Human, Rocket Man)
Brad Pitt b. 1963 (World War Z, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Being John Malkovich, Meet Joe Black, Twelve Monkeys, Interview with the Vampire, Cool World, Freddy’s Nightmares)
Allan Kayser b. 1963 (Night of the Creeps)
Lucas Donat b. 1962 (Damien: Omen II)
T.K. Carter b. 1956 (My Favorite Martian [1999], The Thing [1982])
Jeff Kober b. 1953 (The Walking Dead, Lost, Reaper, Supernatural, The Hills Have Eyes II, Buffy, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, Charmed, Seven Days, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Kindred: The Embraced, Tank Girl, Earth 2, The X Files, Alien Nation, Twilight Zone [1985], V)
Su Elliot b. 1950 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Worst Witch)
Steven Spielberg b. 1946 (director, War of the Worlds, Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Jurassic Park, Hook, Always, Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Alan Rudolph b. 1943 (director, Breakfast of Champions)
Keith Richards b. 1943 (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Michael Moorcock b. 1939 (writer, Elric of Melnibone)
Roger E. Mosley b. 1938 (RoboCop [TV], The Sixth Sense [1972])
Norma McCarty b. 1920 died 27 June 2014 (Plan 9 from Outer Space, the Adventures of Superman)
Ossie Davis b. 1917 died 4 February 2005 (Bubba Ho-Tep, Doctor Dolittle, The Android Affair, The Stand)
Alfred Bester b. 1913 died 30 September 1987 (won 1953 Hugo for The Demolished Man)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Steven Spielberg. This year I considered it a four way race between Brad Pitt, Casper Van Dien, Oh That Creepy Guy Jeff Kober and Hugo winner Alfred Bester. Without question, Brad Pitt is an A-list movie star and Casper Van Dien isn't, but when it comes to iconic, Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers trumps the most iconic genre role in Pitt's career, or at least it does in my never humble opinion. So what about next year? Is it Pitt vs. Kober? Well, then I'd say Brad Pitt wins by a wide margin on pretty points. In Kober's defense, without him on the list, we wouldn't have any Star Trek, The X Files or Whedonverse in the labels.

2. Canadians, pre-spotted for your protection. There are three today, but not easy to spot. Erin Simms has only two credits, as does non-Canadian Amy Grabow. Victoria Pratt has a lot of credits, but not a lot in the usual Canadian genre TV shows. (Her C.V. did let me type Mongolian Death Worm, so there's that.) Len J. Phillips is Canadian, but he shows up in the INCREDIBLY CHEAP movies he produces himself. If you have never seen a Len J. Phillips production, then you cannot fairly say you have wasted your whole life.

3. The Guy at the Door. Regular readers know the drill. Everyone born before Roger E. Mosley is dead and everyone born after him is alive. He's best known for Magnum, P.I., but he had two roles on genre TV, so he's our Guy at the Door at only 76 years old.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially Roger E. Mosley, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movies released
Avatar released, 2009
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers released, 2002

Irwin Edman 1896-1954
Predictor: Irwin Edman, philosopher and professor at Columbia University, quoted in 1932, collected in the book The Experts Speak by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, published 1984

Prediction: By 1982, sex will have become much less a theme for either poetry or analysis. Much of the romanticism and all of the hypochondria on the subject will be over.

Reality: A few weeks back, The Experts Speak had a regular weekly spot, but when they quoted H.G. Wells' Anticipations, I found that text online and gave it the regular spot instead. Now that we have had our last Lee de Forest prediction, The Experts Speak will be our Thursday regular for the foreseeable future.

And now the prediction. Complete jackassery. There are many mathematicians who were also philosophers. I always like their math more than I like their philosophy. Edman was not a mathematician, so he had almost nothing going for him. One of the links I found on Google for him was to a page called Forgotten Books. Some of the books deserve to remain forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Yet another look into the future by H.G. Wells, working from the difficult year of 1902.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. No consideration for Ossie Davis from Bubba Ho-Tep?

    1. If I went with Ossie Davis, I'd most likely go with The Stand.

  2. Alfie Bester or one of Jeff Kober's cheesecake shots. Bester is immortal for, if nothing else, "In brightest day, in darkest night/No evil shall escape my sight..." Let alone _The Stars My Destination_ or "Fondly Fahrenheit" or...

    In other notes, Keith Richards is four years=younger= than Michael Moorcock. And I told my daughter that Brigit Mendler is 22 and she said, "She's old."

    1. I was looking up Moorcock to see after his health. He had a foot amputated about three years ago, a difficulty Keef has yet to experience.

      I didn't know Bester wrote the Green Lantern thang. Learn something new every day, if you aren't careful, as my father is wont to say.


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