Thursday, January 1, 2015
1 January 2015
Lara Robinson b. 1998 (Childhood’s End , Knowing)
Jeff Gulka b. 1987 (Stan Helsing, The X Files, Stargate SG-1, Millennium)
Colin Morgan b. 1986 (Humans, Merlin, Doctor Who)
Katrina Law b. 1985 (Arrow, The Resistance, Legend of the Seeker)
Jonas Armstrong b. 1981 (Edge of Tomorrow, Rage of the Yeti)
Christopher Redman b. 1980 (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Arrow, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Stargate SG-1, Ginger Snaps, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, Tales from the Cryptkeeper)
Danny Lloyd b. 1973 (The Shining)
Verne Troyer b. 1969 (Gnome Alone, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Mighty Joe Young, Young Hercules, Men in Black, Men in Black, Pinocchio’s Revenge)
Morris Chestnutt b. 1969 (Kick-Ass 2, American Horror Story, V , Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Freddy’s Nightmares)
Juliana Donald b. 1964 (The X-Files, Babylon 5, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Superboy, The Purple Rose of Cairo)
Dedee Pfeiffer b. 1964 (Supernatural, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Vamp)
Mark Wingett b. 1961 (Snow White and the Huntsman, War of the Dead)
Alexia Robinson b. 1960 (Total Recall)
Linzi Drew b. 1959 (Lair of the White Worm, An American Werewolf in London)
Adrian Hall b. 1959 (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Madolyn Smith Osbourne b. 1957 (2010)
Jodi Long b. 1954 (Eastwick, RoboCop 3, The Exorcist III, Splash)
Richard Edson b. 1954 (The Astronaut Farmer, Frankenfish, American Gothic, Strange Days, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman [1993 TV], Howard the Duck)
Don Keith Opper b. 1949 (Infection, Harsh Realm, Critters 1 through 4, Quantum Leap, City Limits, Android)
Rick Hurst b. 1946 (Return of the Killer Shrews, Earth Girls Are Easy, Starman, The Last Precinct, The Cat from Outer Space, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Girl With Something Extra)
Stanley Kamel b. 1943 died 8 April 2008 (Dark Angel, Ravager, Dark Skies , Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Knight Rider, Mork & Mindy, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV])
Don Novello b. 1943 (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
Frank Langella b. 1938 (Parts per Billion, Superman Returns, 10.5: Apocalypse, Jason and the Argonauts [2000 TV movie], The Ninth Gate, Brainscan, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Masters of the Universe, Dracula )
Ty Hardin b. 1930 (Image of the Beast, I Married a Monster From Outer Space, The Space Children)
Valentina Cortese b. 1923 (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
Carole Landis b. 1919 died 5 July 1948 (Topper Returns, One Million B.C. )
Dana Andrews b. 1909 died 17 December 1992 (The Frozen Dead, Crack in the World, The Satan Bug, Twilight Zone, Curse of the Demon)
E.M. Forster b. 1879 died 7 June 1970 (author, The Machine Stops)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Happy new year, dear readers! Last year, I used a picture of Frank Langella and this year I chose the late, great Oh That Guy actor Stanley Kamel in a role from Star Trek: The Next Generation. This was the episode where a wise time traveling alien (not Kamel's character) tried to explain why Wesley was so special. It didn't work, the fans still hated him.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are two, both born after 1970 with at least somewhat telltale credit lists. See if you can spot them!
3. (Mostly) Fun Facts to know and tell. Verne Troyer was in the running for the Picture Slot, but since he went on reality TV I've been kind of ambivalent about him. Don Novello is better known as Father Guido Sarducci. Danny Lloyd was the little kid in The Shining; Kubrick shielded him from the goriest of the scenes and he didn't know it was a horror film until several years after. Poor Carole Landis committed suicide at the age of 29, reportedly because she was unhappy about her lack of success in her career. E. M. Forster is best known now for writing books turned into movie by Merchant/Ivory, but The Machine Stops is an interesting allegory written in 1908 that looks a lot like our relationship with the Internet today.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories
The Wizard of Oz released 1939
It hard to see a good reason now why it wasn't released on Christmas so kids could see it over the week long break, but film marketing then wasn't like film marketing now. The expectation that fantasy films would be the big hits was still generations in the future.
Prediction: When the U.S. government stops wasting resources by trying to maintain the price of gold, its price will sink … to $6 an ounce rather than the current $35 an ounce.
Reality: The U.S. stopped buying in 1971. Within ten years, the price was $815 an ounce.
Hypothetical question asker, don't be dense! It's a Syd Mead drawing. It's supposed to look awesome and it does! That's enough for me.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Friday is the day for H.G. Wells' predictions from the 1902 book Anticipations. I have to admit that the more I read it, the less I think of him.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!