"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!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

30 December 2014

Jena Sims b. 1988 (Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader, The Vampire Diaries)
Caity Lotz b. 1986 (Arrow, The Pact II)
Faye Marsay b. 1986 (Doctor Who)
Ashley Bashioum b. 1983 (Flight of the Living Dead)
Kristin Kreuk b. 1982 (Beauty and the Beast, Space Milkshake, Vampire, Smallville, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Earthsea, Snow White: The Fairest of Them All)
Kristen DeLuca b. 1981 (Ligeia, Knight Rider [2009])
Eliza Dushku b. 1980 (The Guild, Torchwood, Big Bang Theory, Dollhouse, Tru Calling, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Tyrese Gibson b. 1978 (Transformers, Death Race)
Lucy Punch b. 1977 (Into the Woods, Fairy Tales [2008], Ella Enchanted, Dinotopia, The 10th Kingdom)
Zahf Paroo b. 1975 (Polaris, Continuum, Fringe, 10.5, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Battlestar Galactica, Andromeda, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1)
Jason Behr b. 1973 (Skinwalkers, The Grudge, Roswell. Pleasantville, Buffy, Alien Nation: Millennium)
Daniel Sunjata b. 1971 (The Dark Knight Rises)
C.S. Lee b. 1971 (Toxin, The Unborn, Beyond, The Stepford Wives [2004])
Meredith Monroe b. 1969 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Vampires: The Turning, Minority Report, NightMan)
Bryan Burk b. 1968 (producer, Westworld [2015 TV], Star Wars: Episode VII, Believe, Fringe, Revolution, Almost Human, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Lost, Super 8, Future Shock)
Andrew Fleming b. 1965 (director, The Craft)
Sophie Ward b. 1964 (Book of Blood, Dinotopia, Crusade, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Return to Oz, The Hunger)
George Newbern b. 1964 (Jericho, Journeyman, From the Earth to the Moon, Perversions of Science)
Kelli Maroney b. 1960 (Gila!, Not of This Earth, Night of the Comet)
Tracey Ullman b. 1959 (Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress [2005 TV])
Ellen Sandweiss b. 1958 (The Evil Dead [1981 and 2013], Oz the Great and Powerful)
Patricia Kalember b. 1957 (Limitless, Signs, Jacob’s Ladder, Cat’s Eye)
Sheryl Lee Ralph b. 1956 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Witch Hunt, Amazing Stories, V, Wonder Woman)
Lloyd Kaufman b. 1945 (way too many Troma movies to type)
Fred Ward b. 1942 (10.5, The Crow: Salvation, Invasion: Earth, Tremors, Deadly Nightmares, UFOria, The Right Stuff, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, The Incredible Hulk)
Glyn Dearman b. 1939 died 30 November 1997 (A Christmas Carol [1951])
Jack Riley b. 1935 (Harry and the Hendersons [TV], C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud, Hard Time on Planet Earth, Spaceballs, ALF, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, The Girl with Something Extra, I Dream of Jeannie)
Joseph Bologna b. 1934 (Alligator II: The Mutation, Not Quite Human, Transylvania 6-5000)
Russ Tamblyn b. 1934 (Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds, Babylon 5, Wizards of the Demon Sword, Aftershock, Quantum Leap, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Necromancer, War of the Gargantuas, tom thumb)
Jack Lord b. 1920 died 21 January 1988 (The Invaders)
Jo Van Fleet b. 1914 died 10 June 1996 (Cinderella [1965 TV])
Jeanette Nolan b. 1911 died 5 June 1998 (Incredible Hulk, The Manitou, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], The Reluctant Astronaut, The Invaders, Twilight Zone)
Tom Keene b. 1896 died 4 August 1963 (Plan 9 from Outer Space)
Rudyard Kipling b. 1865 died 18 January 1936 (author, The Jungle Book)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. A confession: I get these lists of names going onto imdb.com and searching actors credits for fantasy and sci-fi. Quite often, the youngest actors on the list are completely unknown to me. This list is an exception, as I knew the work of three of the women born in the 1980s before I looked them up, Jena Sims, Kristin Kreuk and Eliza Dushku. Ms. Kreuk was in The Picture Slot last year for her work on Smallville and Ms. Dushku is there this year with a publicity still from Dollhouse. There are several other good choices for 2015, though I would put Fred Ward from Tremors or The Right Stuff in the early lead.

2. Canadians spotted. Kristin Kreuk is Canadian, which often isn't true of the lead actors in Canadian genre TV. The other Canadian is Zahf Paroo, whose telltale roles include Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe and Andromeda.

3. Fun facts to know and tell. The late Glyn Dearman has a chance at the Picture Slot next year, as he was Tiny Tim in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim. I like a lot of versions of this story and this is certainly one of my favorites. It was also the one that was colorized. I'm old enough to remember a time when it looked like we'd never see any good black and white films again, all of the best would be colorized. Boy, I'm glad we dodged that bullet. The assholes with the money, most notably Ted Turner, lost that battle and lost it big. I don't get to type that sentence very often.

A little typecasting trivia. Lucy Punch has played the mean stepsister in three productions, Into the Woods, Ella Enchanted and on the Cinderella episode of the British TV show Fairy Tales. She is by no means the ugly stepsister, but she is always nasty.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Predictor: W. Warren Wagar from his 1991 book A Short History of the Future

Prediction: By 2010, the “geneprint” had replaced the fingerprint in police work.

Reality: This isn't worth full marks, but DNA is being used a lot more than it used to be. Most of the headline grabbing stuff is about people exonerated of crimes they were jailed for by use of DNA. I can't give full credit on this because I was just checked in for a new job and they asked for fingerprints as a condition for employment, not a DNA sample. I imagine there will be quite a stink if they ever try to switch over.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We had a prediction earlier this of the form "2014 will be The Year of ___________." As tomorrow is the last day, we can judge whether the prediction was true or not.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Jack Riley had a surprising amount of work in genre, didn't he?

    50 foot women, 60 foot Centerfolds, it's like your birthday or something....

    1. Yes, I didn't expect this much either. He's Mr. Carlin from Bob Newhart as far as I'm concerned.

      As for the giant woman movies, they are not among my favorites, as I type with a dismissive sniff.

    2. his turn in Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes was hilarious, especially when you know he was basically tricked into being in it. Explains his brusque and irritable performance....

  2. The number of WB Teen Show stars is surprisingly high today. And that's not even counting the CW's Ms. Sims.

    Or Kelli Maroney, who doesn't Get the Guy in Night of the Comet.


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