"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 25, 2014

25 December 2014

Georgia Moffett b. 1984 (The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Merlin, Doctor Who)
Hal Scardino b. 1984 (The Indian in the Cupboard)
Moneca Delain b. 1981 (Supernatural, Painkiller Jane, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Mysterious Ways)
Patrick Brennan b. 1972 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2)
Klea Scott b. 1968 (Minority Report, UFO Kidnapped)
Dean Cameron b. 1962 (American Horror Story, Deep Core, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, They Came from Outer Space, ALF)
Jillie Mack b. 1957 (Tales from the Darkside, The Wizard)
CCH Pounder b. 1952 (Warehouse 13, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Avatar, End of Days, NetForce, House of Frankenstein [1997 TV], White Dwarf, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, The X-Files, RoboCop 3, Quantum Leap)
Sissy Spacek b. 1949 (An American Haunting, The Ring Two, Tuck Everlasting, Carrie)
Stuart Wilson b. 1946 (Dinotopia, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Space: 1999, UFO)
Paul Wilson b. 1945 (The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Voyager, The X Files, Circuitry Man I & II, The Munsters Today, 976-EVIL, My Best Friend Is a Vampire)
Gary Sandy b. 1945 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Troll)
Rick Berman b. 1945 (writer, Star Trek)
Mabel King b. 1932 died 9 November 1999 (Dead Men Don’t Die, Black Vampire, Tales from the Darkside, Amazing Stories, The Wiz)
Dick Miller b. 1928 (Trail of the Screaming Forehead, Route 666, Small Soldiers, The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy, Weird Science [TV], Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Lois & Clark, Matinee, Eerie, Indiana, The Flash [TV], Freddy’s Nightmares, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Innerspace, Amazing Stories, Gremlins 1 & 2, Night of the Creeps, Explorers, The Terminator, V; The Final Battle, Space Raiders, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Heartbeeps, The Howling, X; The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, The Little Shop of Horrors[1961], War of the Satellites, The Undead, Not of this Earth, It Conquered the World)
Rod Serling b. 1924 died 28 July 1975 (writer, The Twilight Zone, Time Travelers, Planet of the Apes)
Dean Ellis b. 1920 died 12 October 2009 (illustrator)
Mike Mazurki b. 1907 died 9 December 1990 (Alligator, Land of the Giants, I Dream of Jeannie, Batman, It’s About Time, Mr. Terrific, The Munsters, Zotz!, The Canterville Ghost [1944])
Frank Ferguson b. 1906 died 12 September 1978 (Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone, Topper [1954 TV], Adventures of Superman, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein)
Barton MacLane b. 1902 died 1 January 1969 (I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, Cry of the Werewolf, The Mummy’s Ghost, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Walking Dead [1936])
Humphrey Bogart b. 1899 died 14 January 1957 (The Return of Doctor X)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I used Rod Serling, who would always be my first choice on this list for his importance to the genre, most especially on TV. The second most important name in terms of TV genre is Rick Berman, who has worked on nearly every Star Trek project since The Next Generation began.

My most obvious choice for this year would be Sissy Spacek, who is both a movie star and has an iconic role in genre in Carrie. But I'd like to point out the great selection of Oh That Guys who were born on Christmas. Paul Wilson was a semi-regular on Cheers, Mike Mazurki was almost always a thug and was a regular on the 1960s sitcom It's About Time, Frank Ferguson got a lot of work in Westerns and Barton MacLane was General Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie. I should also note that CCH Pounder is a great Oh That Gal, though given how many TV shows on which she has been a regular, she may now be at the "Hey, it's CCH Pounder!" level of fame.

But the king of the Oh That Guys born this day is Dick Miller, shown here in his last moment on screen in The Terminator, though certainly not his last moment on screen in his career. Mr Miller turns 86 this year and I'm sure all my readers will join me in wishing him a Merry Christmas, happy birthday and thanks for a great career.

2. Spot the Canadian. There's just the one and the list of credits does give it away. Answer in the comments later today.

3. Fun facts to know and tell. Bogart in sci-fi? Oh, yes. I was an insane completist as a kid when it comes to Bogart movies and he made a lot of B-movies for Warner Brothers before his breakout roles in High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca made him a bankable movie star. He plays a mad scientist/vampire. Another interesting tidbit is Jillie Mack, who has only a few credits to her name and is better known as Tom Selleck's wife. They met on the set of Magnum, P.I.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories. And to my readers, Merry Christmas, or if you are a complete Scrooge, happy Isaac Newton's birthday.

Movies released
Children of Men released 2006
Gulliver’s Travels released, 2010
Into the Woods released 2014
Predictor: The Christmas Invasion, aired 25 December 2005

Prediction: In 2006, the Guinevere One is scheduled to land on Mars, but goes missing as the Sycorax invade Earth.

Reality: This was the introductory episode for David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. I know that Doctor Who and reality and two great tastes that do NOT go well together, but I'd like to point out that the British as a space exploring nation is a complete non-starter in the 21st Century.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to the regular schedule and a prediction from young H.G. Wells in 1902.

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  1. Moneca Delain is the Canadian, of course. The threesome of Supernatural, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica is pretty much a giveaway, though sometimes a well-known genre actor will get cast on two out of three.

  2. CCH Pounder is definitely recognizable as herself, as aged watchers of NCIS:New Orleans can tell you.

    She and Birthday Twin Klea Scott were both regulars on _Millennium_, but I suppose it's in vain to argue that was an sf series.

    1. I didn't watch the show. I know it's Chris Carter's work, but the imdb.com page calls it Crime - Drama - Mystery , so I've skipped over it, possibly incorrectly.

    2. Frank Black solved mysteries, but they were almost always more X-File type mysteries (the Cohain child who will signal the end of days, cloned children a la Boys from Brazil, a direct descendant of Jesus ben YHWH, etc.) centering on the approaching 2000 C.E.

      And he himself has some sort of Vision (his daughter inherited it) that he uses, so he's more supernatural (if not "scientific") than Fox Mulder.

      The series's actual finale is Season 7, Episode 4 of The X Files itself. Check it out.


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