"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!

Friday, December 5, 2014

5 December 2014

Ross Bagley b. 1988 (Gnome Alone, Independence Day)
Gregory Tyree Boyce b. 1989 (Twilight)
Frankie Muniz b. 1985 (The Nightmare Room, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Jessica Paré b. 1982 (Possible Worlds, Big Wolf on Campus)
Adan Canto b. 1981 (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Nick Stahl b. 1979 (Sin City, Carnivale, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
Amy Acker b. 1976 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Warehouse 13, The Cabin in the Woods, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, No Ordinary Family, Dollhouse, Supernatural, Angel)
Shalom Harlow b. 1973 (Vanilla Sky)
Lisa Marie b. 1968 (Dominion, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks!)
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo b. 1967 (director, 28 Weeks Later)
Nivek Ogre b. 1962 (The Devil’s Carnival I and II, Repo! The Genetic Opera)
Julia Khaner b. 1957 (Escape from Mars, Mission Genesis, TekWar, My Secret Identity, War of the Worlds [TV], The Twilight Zone [1988], Videodrome)
Bobby Hosea b. 1955 (Heroes, Supernatural, Gargantua, Independence Day, Xena, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Twilight Zone [1987])
Christopher Guard b. 1953 (Bugs, She-Wolf of London, Doctor Who, Tripods)
Morgan Brittany a.k.a. Suzanne Cupito b. 1951 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
Jeroen Krabbé b. 1944 (The Punisher [1989], World War III)
Adolph Caesar b. 1933 died 6 March 1986 (Twilight Zone [1986])
Norman Burton b. 1923 died 29 November 2003 (Deep Space, Knight Rider, Project U.F.O., Wonder Woman, Planet of the Apes [1974 TV], The Terminal Man, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Land of the Giants, Planet of the Apes [1968 movie], I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched)
Alvy Moore b. 1921 died 4 May 1997 (Project U.F.O., A Boy and His Dog, My Mother the Car, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Munsters, Twilight Zone, The Invisible Boy, The War of the Worlds)
Otto Preminger b. 1905 died 23 April 1986 (Batman)
Walt Disney b. 1901 died 15 December 1966 (producer, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber)
Fritz Lang b. 1890 died 2 August 1976 (director, Metropolis, Woman in the Moon)

Notes on the birthday list. 
1. The Picture Slot. Last year it was Amy Acker. This year I went old school with Otto Preminger as Mister Freeze on Batman. I also included Dee Hartford as Miss Iceland because... I am a heterosexual male. Preminger was not the best actor to play Mister Freeze (Eli Wallach and George Sanders also played the role), but when I think of this character, I always hear Preminger's voice saying "Vild... simply vild!" Next year, the competition fro Picture Slot is wide open.

2. The guy at the door. Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbé turns 70 today, which I consider entirely too young to be the cut-off between the living and the dead.

3. Acting while Canadian. There are three Canadian lovelies on the list today, but none of them have credit lists that give away their nationality. Jessica Paré is best known as Don Draper's second wife Megan on Mad Men, where she plays a French-Canadian. Shalom Harlow has no Canadian content roles in her 13 films and TV shows, but Julia Khaner does, just not the 21st Century shows we see so often.

4. Fun facts to know and tell. Adolf Caesar might be best known for his role in A Soldier's Story, but in the 1970s his beautiful bass voice was in demand as a narrator on movie trailers like Blacula.  Morgan Brittany, best known playing a fabulous babe on Dallas, started as a child actor under her birth name Suzanne Cupito. Oh That Guy Alvy Moore played Hank Kimball on Green Acres. Oh That Guy Norman Burton doesn't have that one iconic role people will likely remember him for, but he did play a character named Joe Atkinson on 9 episodes of Wonder Woman. When I think about that show, my memories don't go any farther than Lynda Carter in that costume. Hmmm.... costume.

5. Hey... no Star Trek! This is the sixth time in two months there has been a birthday with no Star Trek actors. That means it happens about 10% of days so far. It feels rarer.

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

Predictor: H.G. Wells in the 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: "Washing up" consists of a tedious cleansing and wiping of each table utensil in turn, whereas it should be possible to immerse all dirty table wear in a suitable solvent for a few minutes and then run that off for the articles to dry.

Reality: This one isn't exact by any means, but the electric dishwasher does take a lot of the tedium out of dishwashing, so I'll young Herbert half credit here.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to 1893 and predictions from a woman whose name is still known today.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. I would think Walt Disney might be a good choice for the Picture slot, because of all that futurism-fakery, but mainly because I think it is likely he is sharing a freezer with FroMo!

    1. Disney in front of a scale model of Tomorrowland would be an excellent choice. My only quibbles.

      1) Sometimes picking a picture that old really makes me feel my geezerhood.
      2) I kinda hate what the company he founded has become.

  2. And you're probably not a shareholder from the Eisner years.

    I'm trying to figure out if I want to argue that Person of Interest is genre and that therefore Amy Acker should be repeated next year. Or that you could just use one from her Once Upon a Time appearances. Or that you could just use her other Angel role for next year's picture.

    1. Hi, Ken. I added Ms. Acker's role from Once Upon a Time. I don'tknow how I missed it the first time around.


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