Sunday, December 28, 2014
28 December 2014
Mackenzie Rosman b. 1989 (Ghost Shark, Fading of the Cries, The Tomb)
Andrew Jenkins b. 1988 (Supernatural, Stormworld, Zombie Punch)
Thomas Dekker b. 1987 (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street , Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Star Trek: Generations, Village of the Damned, Star Trek: Voyager)
Hannah Toiton b. 1987 (Penny Dreadful, Sinbad, The Lost Future, Genie in the House)
Adam Gregory b. 1987 (Dystopia: 2013, 17 Again, The Wizards of Waverly Place)
Beau Garrett b. 1982 (TRON: Legacy, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Unearthed)
Sienna Miller b. 1981 (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Stardust)
Vanessa Ferlito b. 1980 (Spider-Man 2)
Bree Williamson b. 1979 (Haven, Mutant X, Odyssey 5, Earth: Final Conflict)
Noomi Rapace b. 1979 (Prometheus 1 and 2)
Joe Manganiello b. 1976 (True Blood, Spider-Man 1 and 3)
Brendan Hines b. 1976 (The Middleman, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Angel)
Seth Meyers b. 1973 (Journey to the Center of the Earth)
Elaine Hendrix b. 1970 (Kids vs. Monsters, Futurestates, The Chronicle, The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas)
Josephine Byrnes b. 1966 (The Matrix Reloaded, The Lost World [2001 TV], Thunderstone)
Terri Garber b. 1960 (SnakeHead Swamp, Quantum Leap, Twilight Zone )
Phil Abrams b. 1959 (The Big Bang Theory, Lost, The Island, Birds of Prey, Roswell, The X-Files)
Denzel Washington b. 1954 (The Book of Eli, Virtuosity, Heart Condition)
Dame Maggie Smith b. 1934 (Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee Returns, From Time to Time, The Secret Garden, Hook, Clash of the Titans)
Nichelle Nichols b. 1933 (The Cabonauts, Heroes, Surge of Power, Good vs Evil, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, Star Trek, The Supernaturals)
Martin Milner b. 1931 (RoboCop [TV], 13 Ghosts, Twilight Zone, On the Threshold of Space)
Pamela Duncan b. 1924 died 11 November 2005 (The Undead, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger)
Andrew Duggan b. 1923 died 15 May 1988 (A Return to Salem’s Lot, Frankenstein Island, Wonder Woman, A Fire in the Sky, The Time Machine [1978 TV Movie], The Bionic Woman, It Lives Again, Project U.F.O., It’s Alive, The Invaders, The Incredible Mr. Limpet)
Stan Lee b. 1922 (Marvel Comics)
Kim Chan b. 1917 died 5 October 2008 (The Fifth Element, Robot in the Family)
Charles Maxwell b. 1913 died 7 August 1993 (Star Trek, My Favorite Martian, World of Giants, Adventures of Superman)
Lew Ayres b. 1908 died 30 December 1996 (Donovan’s Brain, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, The Questor Tapes, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Damien: Omen II, Battlestar Galactica)
F.W. Murnau b. 1888 died 11 March 1931 (director, Nosferatu)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Yesterday, I whined that there weren't a lot of iconic people whose birthday was two days after Christmas. I'm not whining today. Last year used Nichelle Nichols, absolutely iconic and a fabulous babe to boot and none could say nay. (Fun fact to know and tell: At 16, she was a singer with the Duke Ellington orchestra.) This year, I give a tip of the hat to the oldest living birthday boy here, Stan Lee, now 92 and looking pretty darned good. As for next year, I would argue Dame Maggie Smith from Harry Potter is the most iconic person I haven't used yet, but that means shutting out A-list movie star Denzel Washington. The list also has two great Oh That Guys, Andrew Duggan and Lew Ayres. I wouldn't be adverse to using a poster of Nosferatu to honor F.W. Murnau and among the younger folk, I'd say Joe Manganiello from True Blood is most iconic.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are two. I give the hint that they are both born after 1975.
Best wishes to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: In 1963 a worldwide drought causes a famine, leading to a nuclear war in 1965 between the superstates of Americanada and Europasia. The novel focuses almost exclusively on a reporter and his fiance, struggling to survive in the devastated urban landscape. As the title indicates, the book's theme is the gradual emergence of the bestial nature of the protagonist as civilization crumbles. Beginning as a decent, heroic defender of pure womanhood, he evolves into the notorious leader of a marauding tribe devoted to rape and pillage. After his first wife dies (he later acquires five), he turns savage and is hunted down by an armed expedition seeking to reestablish civilization. At the end of the novel he is depicted as apelike. The narrative does not conclude with his death, however. Even this relentlessly grim tale ends on a hopeful note by depicting a peace loving group led by a kindly old guru, the reporter's former editor, who used to write bloodthirsty editorials advocating war.
Reality: Ooh, we could play Spot the Canadian publisher, but I gave too much of a spoiler. Why don't we ever have post-apocalyptic heaven-holes, places where folks figure out they can live together and be decent to one another? Ah, well, such is life.
As regular readers will know when the plot summaries are this detailed, I nicked this prediction from Professor Paul Brians great nuclear holocaust database. I still have plenty more of his work, but I'm going give the blog a little rest from the weekly doom and gloom, though I will be bringing it back by and by. As of next Sunday, we will have a new Sunday regular predictor who is, in fact, a previous regular everyone will recognize.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
It's Monday yet again, and I get the treat of dipping into the OMNI Future Almanac to see what they thought life in the early 21st Century would look like.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!