Monday, January 26, 2015
26 January 2015
Cameron Bright b. 1993 (Twilight Saga, Earth’s Final Hours, The 4400, X-Men: Last Stand, Ultraviolet, Stargate-SG1, The Butterfly Effect, Night Visions, Shadow Realm, Dark Angel)
Jacob Blair b. 1984 (Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds, Beauty and the Beast , Underworld: Awakening, SGU Stargate Universe, V , Hot Tub Time Machine, Fringe, 2012, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain , Battlestar Galactica: Razor, Bionic Woman)
Colin O’Donoghue b. 1981 (Once Upon a Time, The Rite)
Sara Rue b. 1979 (My Future Boyfriend, Eastwick, The Big Bang Theory, Idiocracy, The Ring)
Kelly Stables b. 1978 (Dragon Hunter, The Ring Two)
Hae-il Park b. 1977 (The Host)
Michael Power b. 1965 (Skookum: The Hunt for Bigfoot, The Dark Knight Rises)
Paul Johansson b. 1964 (Beauty and the Beast , Berserker: Hell’s Warrior, Andromeda, First Wave, Highlander: The Raven, Carnival of Souls, Earth: Final Conflict)
Cathy Podewell b. 1964 (Night of the Demons)
Ellen DeGeneres b. 1958 (Coneheads)
Mimi Leder b. 1952 (director,The Leftovers, Almost Human, Deep Impact)
David Straithairn b. 1949 (Godzilla , Alphas, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Brother From Another Planet, Iceman)
Michael McManus b. 1946 (Free Spirit, Knight Rider, Poltergeist, The Munsters’ Revenge, Captain America , The Six Million Dollar Man, Monster Squad)
Kathryn Leigh Scott b. 1943 (Doctor Mabuse, Dark Shadows [2012 and 1966], Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hammer House of Horror, The Incredible Hulk, Space: 1999)
Scott Glenn b. 1941 (Daredevil , Sucker Punch, Tall Tale, The Right Stuff, The Keep, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV])
Roger Vadim b. 1928 died 11 February 2000 (director, Barbarella)
William Redfield b. 1927 died 17 August 1976 (Fantastic Voyage, Bewitched)
Joan Leslie b. 1925 (The Incredible Hulk)
Paul Newman b. 1925 died 26 September 2008 (Quintet, Tales of Tomorrow)
Anne Jeffreys b. 1923 (Mr. Merlin, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Galactica , Topper , Zombies on Broadway)
Philip José Farmer b. 1918 died 25 February 2009 (won 1972 Hugo for To Your Scattered Bodies Go)
Vito Scotti b. 1918 died 5 June 1996 (Faerie Tale Theatre, Small & Frye, The Ghosts of Buxley Hall, Halloween with the New Addams Family, Ark II, Monster Squad, The Bionic Woman, The Lost Saucer, The Six Million Dollar man: Solid Gold Kidnapping, Batman, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone, Conquest of Space)
William Hopper b. 1915 died 6 March 1970 (20 Million Miles to Earth, The Deadly Mantis)
Dorothy Neumann b. 1914 died 20 May 1994 (Bewitched, The Terror, Twilight Zone, The Day the Earth Stood Still)
William Prince b. 1913 died 8 October 1996 (Monsters, The Greatest American Hero, The Cat from Outer Space, The Invisible Man , The Stepford Wives, Inner Sanctum)
Charles Lane b. 1905 died 9 July 2009 (The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes , Dark Shadows , Otherworld, Strange Invaders, Bewitched, Twilight Zone, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, Mighty Joe Young)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. The list today has one bona fide movie superstar, Paul Newman, but his work in genre wasn't iconic. Previously, I went with Oh That Guy Charles Lane (a very idiosyncratic choice, I'll admit) and the cover of Philip José Farmer's Hugo winning book, a much more easily defensible choice. This year, my main question was whether to go old school with Scott Glenn or really old school with William Hopper from on of his two 1950s monster movies. You can see the answer, with Glenn as Alan Shepard, sitting and waiting (and peeing) in the capsule while it is being prepped for launch. This is the scene where he gets his best line "Why don't you solve your little problems and light this candle!"
2. Spot the Canadians! There are three today, all born after 1960. Two are fairly obvious and the third is a little tricky. See what you can do.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The wedding of cars and computers with increased driving efficiency under normal driving conditions of 60 miles an hour or less. By 2000, computer-assisted fuel flow and engine control will produce cars that average 100 miles per gallon.
The use of computer-controlled cars in urban centers will produce further savings by lessening traffic jams, reducing stopping to a minimum, dramatically decreasing accidents and increasing the life expectancy of a car to nearly twenty years. A reduction in pollution levels and a smoother flow in urban traffic patterns will restore quiet and order to the city.
Reality: All right, two separate predictions here. I don't know of any hybrid claiming 100 mpg even today in 2015. Also, "normal driving conditions of 60 miles per hour or less" is kind of quaint now.
As for what life will be like when computer controlled cars are the norm, we will likely have a better idea in ten years or so. The decreasing accidents look like a safe bet, but the decrease on pollution and noise and the increase in car life expectancy are in "wait and see" mode.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another visit with W. Warren Wagar and his predictions about the New World Order in the early 21st Century.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!