"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!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

25 January 2015

Tayler Marshall b. 2000 (Jack the Giant Slayer)
Poppy Rogers b. 1992 (Five Children and It, From Hell, The Tenth Kingdom)
Rupert Simonian b. 1991 (Peter Pan [2003])
Dustin Ingram b. 1990 (True Blood, Paranormal Activity 3, Sky High)
Tom Hopper b. 1985 (Knights of Badassdom, Merlin, Doctor Who)
Michael Trevino b. 1985 (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Charmed)
Charlie Bewley b. 1981 (Extant, The Vampire Diaries, The Twilight Saga)
Christine Lakin b. 1979 (The Frankenstein Theory, Race to Witch Mountain, Seven Days, Big Monster on Campus, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Mia Kirshner b. 1975 (Lost Girl, Defiance, The Vampire Diaries, The Crow: City of Angels, My Secret Identity, Dracula: The Series, War of the Worlds)
Kurt Evans 1974 (Arrow, Fringe, Watchmen, The Andromeda Strain [2008], Supernatural, The 4400, Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Dead Like Me, Tru Calling, Andromeda, The X-Files)
Carlos Antonio b. 1972 (American Horror Story, Lost Tapes)
Johnny Green b. 1972 (Monster Man, Buffy, Twilight Zone [1986], Back to the Future)
Alex Nevil b. 1965 (Star Trek [2009], Star Trek: Enterprise, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Lois & Clark, Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero)
Don Mancini b. 1963 (screenwriter, Child’s Play, Tale’s from the Crypt)
Eugene Osment b. 1959 (Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
Dinah Manoff b. 1958 (Child’s Play, Mork & Mindy)
Jenifer Lewis b. 1957 (Mystery Men, Meteor Man)
Lynn Hancock b. 1951 (Evilspeak)
Diane Salinger b. 1951 (Salem, Carnivale, Charmed, Deep Space Nine, Mann & Machine, Batman Returns, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Creature)
John Terry b. 1950 (Lost, Hawk the Slayer)
Richard Poe b. 1946 (Gotham, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Leigh Taylor-Young b. 1945 (Deep Space Nine, Looker, Soylent Green)
Anita Pallenberg b. 1944 (4:44 Last Day on Earth, Barbarella)
Tobe Hooper b. 1943 (director, Djinn, Taken, The Others, Perversions of Science, Dark Skies, Tales from the Crypt, Freddy’s Nightmares, Amazing Stories, Invaders From Mars, Lifeforce, Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot)
John Owens b. 1942 (The Wolfman [2010], Dinotopia, Alice in Wonderland [1999], An American Werewolf in London, Doctor Who, Scrooge [1970])
Gregory Sierra b. 1941 (Vampires, Deep Space Nine, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, The X-Files, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Something Is Out There, The Munsters Today, The Greatest American Hero, The Clones, Beneath the Planet of the Apes)
Diana Hyland b. 1936 died 27 March 1977 (The Invaders, The Green Hornet, Hercules and the Princess of Troy, Twilight Zone)
Dean Jones b. 1931 (Once Upon a Brothers Grimm, The Love Bug, Mr. Superinvisible)
King Donovan b. 1918 died 30 June 1987 (Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1956], The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Magnetic Monster)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. No disrespect intended, but today's list is low on star power. The best known names are probably are probably Dean Jones and Gregory Sierra, but the closest either of them gets to iconic is Jones in The Love Bug, a movie I include somewhat grudgingly. The person who is most important to the genre is likely Tobe Hooper, but I couldn't decide on which of his film posters to use. Last year, the Picture Slot was Richard Poe, not a well known actor but iconic as Gul Evek, one of the first Cardassians shown on Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the spirit of that choice, the Picture Slot this year is given to King Donovan, the guy with the pitchfork in front in this production still from the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Apropos of the minimal star power on today's list, Donovan may be the least known actor in the picture. The women are the lovely Dana Wynter and Carolyn Jones and of course, the other guy is Kevin McCarthy, the star of the film.

2. Spot the Canadians! Our two Canadians are fairly easy to spot. The only hint I'll give is that they were both born after 1970. Good luck.

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

Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in his 1956 book The Door into Summer

Predictions: I finally settled on the year 2000, a nice round number and only thirty years away. I was afraid that if I made it any longer I would be completely out of touch. The changes in the last thirty years (my own lifetime) had been enough to make a man’s eyes bug out – two big wars and a dozen little ones, the downfall of communism, the Great Panic, the artificial satellites, the change to atomic power – my when I was a kid they didn’t even have mulitmorphs.”

Reality: Okay, this paragraph kind of lands us in the middle of the story. Our hero is alive in 1970 and he is going to sleep in suspended animation until 2000. That means the past 30 years are 1940 to 1970. His predictions are another big war to rival World War II (wrong), communism's fall (a few decades too early), the Great Panic (no big economic downturn in that era), the artificial satellites (true and the book was written before Sputnik), the change to atomic power (at least partial credit here) and "multimorphs" on most sci-fi refer to shapeshifters (crazy wrong). With as many as he got right and the ones that have become true in the past sixty years, I'll say this one is more Sensible Bob than Ridiculous Bob. 

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another prediction from the Old Faithful of all my sources, The OMNI Future Almanac. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Took one look at the name "Eugene Osment" and immediately suspected his children are more famous than he is. IMDB confirms. (The giveaway was that he gets roles in some of his son's films.)

    Am I the only one who thinks The Door into Summer is a Really Creepy Book? The hero can't sustain love with his wife--and clearly loves cats more--but falls crazily for a barely pubescent girl--who then waits thirty years for him.

    It's enough to make me wish Joe Haldeman had obsessed over responding to this book rather than Starship Troopers.

  2. You are right about Mr. Osment. Rance Howard did the same for his young son Ronny, who grew up to be a director who often hired family members.

    The wife is written as a back-stabbing Bitch from Hell, so I don't blame the hero for that, but the love for the little girl... yeah, that's kinda creepy.


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