"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!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

14 January 2015

Grant Gustin b. 1990 (The Flash, Arrow)
Kacey Barnfield b. 1988 (World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen, Jabberwock, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Lake Placid 3)
Zach Gilford b. 1982 (The Purge: Anarchy, Rise: Blood Hunter)
Jordan Ladd b. 1975 (Awaken, Embrace of the Vampire)
Kevin Durand b. 1974 (The Strain, Garm Wars: The Last Druid, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Resident Evil: Retribution, I Am Number Four, Lost, Legion, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Kyle XY, Threshold, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Butterfly Effect, Dead Like Me, Taken, Andromeda, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1)
Davis S. Hogan b. 1974 (Z Nation, Bigfoot, Grimm)
Katie Griffin b. 1973 (Annedroids, Earth: Final Conflict, Total Recall 2070, The Adventures of Sinbad, Forever Knight, RoboCop)
Jason Bateman b. 1969 (The Invention of Lying, Hancock, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Teen Wolf Two, Knight Rider)
LL Cool J b. 1968 (Rollerball [2002], Deep Blue Sea)
Emily Watson b. 1967 (The Water Horse, Equilibrium)
Kerri Green b. 1967 (The Goonies)
Mark Addy b. 1964 (Atlantis[TV], Game of Thrones, The Time Machine)
Steven Soderbergh b. 1963 (director, Solaris, Contagion)
Suzanne Danielle b. 1957 (Hammer House of Horror, Flash Gordon, Doctor Who)
Lawrence Kasdan b. 1949 (writer, Dreamcatcher, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi)
Carl Weathers b. 1948 (Sheriff Tom Vs. The Zombies, The Sasquatch Gang, Alien Siege, Predator, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Stuart Baird b. 1947 (director, Star Trek: Nemesis)
Vonetta McGee b. 1945 died 9 July 2010 (Brother Future, Repo Man, Blacula)
Marjoe Gortner b. 1944 (Otherworld, Food of the Gods, Starcrash)
Holland Taylor b. 1943 (Spy Kids, Strange Frequency, The Truman Show)
Faye Dunaway b. 1941 (The Gene Generation, Anonymous Rex, The Handmaid’s Tale, Supergirl)
John Castle b. 1940 (RoboCop 3, 1990, The Prisoner)
Tom Tryon b. 1926 died 4 September 1991 (I Married a Monster From Outer Space)
Warren Mitchell b. 1926 (A Christmas Carol [2000 TV], Jabberwocky, Moon Zero Two, Blood Beast from Outer Space, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Crawling Eye)
Guy Williams b. 1924 died 30 April 1989 (Lost in Space, Captain Sindbad, I Was a Teenage Werewolf)
Joe Seneca b. 1919 died 15 August 1996 (SeaQuest 2032, The Blob [1988], Amazing Stories)
Joseph Losey b. 1909 died 22 June 1984 (director, X the Unknown, The Boy with Green Hair )
Hugh Lofting b. 1886 died 26 September 1947 (author, Doctor Dolittle)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, I used Mark Addy from Game of Thrones and the writer Lawrence Kasdan. I could gone new school and used Grant Gustin, star of the new show The Flash, but instead I went old school with Guy Williams from Lost in Space. Other good options include Carl Weathers from Predator and Faye Dunaway from The Handmaid's Tale.

2. Spot the Canadians! There are two, they were born after 1970. With those hints, it's possible to find them.

3. MST3K. I know of two on the list: Warren Mitchell was in Moon Zero Two and Guy Williams was in I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Zombie Rotten McDonald has added one, since Mr. Mitchell was also in The Crawling Eye.

4. Wait... she's dead? I didn't know Vonetta McGee had died. Very pretty actress, her heyday was in the 1970s.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.  
Predictor: Anonymous writer in the New York World, predicting the year 2011 in 1911

Prediction: When they rose from the table after dinner Mr. Barrett expressed the hope that Mr. Smith would pass the evening with them and suggested that they go to the theatre. His daughter suggested the opera. Mr. Barrett thought Mr. Smith might like to hear that ancient classic Chantecler which was being given at Daly's.

"I like those old-fashioned simple things" said the host, "and in music I confess I do not understand the new composers beyond Strauss. Mother, will you join us?"

The aged Mrs. Barrett shook her head. "I will leave you. I have my own theatre, that of the old folks."

"My mother has a photocinematograph and is never tired of making it unroll the films on which her whole life is registered." said Mr. Barrett. "Daughter, put out the lights and put us in communication with the Old Theatre."

Mr.s Barrett had the telephototheatrophone in his house.

Reality: This is the last of the predictions from The New York World. Here our anonymous pal is predicting some sort of home theatre for playing films the owner has made and something else like television. The first one is not such a great leap forward in 1911, but predicting television is several technical advances away from the state of the art in 1911. We got similar predictions from the 1905 book A Hundred Years Hence and Looking Backward: 2000-1888, so while this is bold and correct, it is not completely original. The in joke here is that Chantecler, allegedly ancient, was a verse play released in 1910.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Tomorrow is Thursday and we get another incorrect prediction from The Experts Speak. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Replies
    1. I was surprised to find out he was of Italian-American heritage. Not Hispanic, but at least Mediterranean.

  2. Warren Mitchell also scored MSTiness with The Crawling Eye


  3. The Canadians are Kevin Durand, whose credit list includes several movies as well as the standard Canadian TV roles, and Katie Griffin, whose work is more in 20th Century Canuck-Fi , not as easy to spot as the 21st Century variety.


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