"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!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

17 February 2015

Sasha Pieterse b. 1996 (X-Men: First Class, Heroes, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Stargate SG-1)
Bonnie Wright b. 1991 (Harry Potter)
Chord Overstreet b. 1989 (The Hole)
Ahna O’Reilly b. 1986 (The Vampire Diaries, DinoCroc)
Brooke D’Orsay b. 1982 (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, Big Bang Theory)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt b. 1981 (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Looper, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Third Rock from the Sun, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Quantum Leap, Dark Shadows [1991])
Jason Ritter b. 1980 (The Event, Freddy vs. Jason)
Zachary Bennett b. 1980 (Orphan Black, Lost Girl, Cube Zero, The Hidden Room, Maniac Mansion, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, The Twilight Zone [1988])
Jackson Hurst b. 1979 (The Mist)
Rory Kinnear b. 1978 (Penny Dreadful, First Men in the Moon)
Kelly Carlson b. 1976 (Supernatural)
Jerry O'Connell b. 1974 (The Librarians, Space Station 76, Mockingbird Lane, Piranha 3D, Eastwick, Mission to Mars, Sliders, My Secret Identity)
Denise Richards b. 1971 (Starship Troopers, Tammy and the T-Rex, Lois & Clark, Eerie Indiana)
Dominic Purcell b. 1970 (The Flash, Ice Soliders, Primeval, Blade: Trinity, Equilibrium, BeastMaster [TV], The Lost World)
Jonathan Breck b. 1965 (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, Evilution, Jeepers Creepers, Spiders, Star Trek: Voyager)
Michael Bay b. 1965 (director, Transformers, Armageddon)
Angelica Page b. 1964 (Fairie, The Sixth Sense)
Michael Jordan b. 1963 (Space Jam)
Samuel Bayer b. 1962 (director, A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010])
Lou Diamond Phillips b. 1962 (Metal Tornado, Stargate Universe, Alien Express, Route 666, Supernova, Bats, Tales from the Crypt, Interface)
Carole Davis b. 1958 (Angel, Star Trek: Voyager, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Mannequin, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning)
Rene Russo b. 1954 (Thor, Outbreak, Freejack)
Don Coscarelli b. 1954 (director, Phantasm , The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies at the End)
Garry Chalk b. 1952 (Tomorrowland, Monster Beach, Leprechaun: Origins, Godzilla [2014], Behemoth, Watchmen, The 4400, Supernatural, Flash Gordon, Painkiller Jane, Stargate SG-1, Eureka, Stephen King's the Dead Zone, Freddy vs. Jason, Seven Days, Millennium, Poletergeist: The Legacy, Sliders, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Omen [TV], Highlander [TV], I Still Dream of Jeannie, It, The Fly II, Deadly Nightmares)
Diane Chambers b. 1951 (The Coed and the Zombie Stoner, Sharknado, Zombie Night)
Mary Ann Mobley b. 1937 died 9 December 2014 (The Fantastic Journey, The Sixth Sense [1972])
Jim Brown b. 1936 (The Running Man, Mars Attacks!, Night Rider)
Alan Bates b. 1934 died 27 December 2003 (The Mothman Prophecies, The Ray Bradbury Theater)
Barry Humphries b. 1934 (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills, The Marsupials: The Howling III, Shock Treatment)
Hal Holbrook b. 1925 (The Event, Creepshow, The Fog, Capricorn One)
Kathleen Freeman b. 1919 died 23 August 2001 (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, NightMan, Tales from the Crypt, The Munsters Today, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, ALF, The Canterville Ghost, Innerspace, Teen Wolf Too, Heartbeeps, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, I Dream of Jeannie, Batman, The Fly, Topper, The Magnetic Monster)
Andre Norton b. 1912 died 17 March 2005 (author, Witch World, Wizard's World, Star Man's Son 2250 A.D.)
Marc Lawrence b. 1910 died 27 November 2005 (End of Days, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, King of Kong Island, From Dusk Till Dawn, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Previous Picture Slotters were Bonnie Wright and Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has a lot of iconic work in his still young career. The two top choices from the rest of list in my view were Jerry O'Connell from Sliders and Denise Richards from Starship Troopers. Is the winner a fabulous babe? Hmm, funny how often that works out. 

2. Spot the Canadians. While Gary Chalk is older than the typical Canadian, his credit list has plenty of hints. Zachary Bennett is both the typical age and the typical credit list. Brooke D'Orsay, on the other hand, has most of her credits in movies and TV shot in California, though she was born north of the border.

3. Nepotism FTW. Rory Kinnear is Roy Kinnear's son. He has 49 credits in a lot of big budget stuff, but he is not yet the well known face his father became. In a similar situation, Jason Ritter is John Ritter's son, as commenter James Marshall IV was kind enough to point out.

4. Not actually MST3K. There are a couple troupes of former Mystery Science Theater cast members still out there riffing on movies. RiffTrax, which has Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, did Starship Troopers live last year and I saw it it in a Hayward, CA theatre through the Fathom network. It was a lot of fun.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 Predictor: W. Warren Wagar in his 1991 book A Short History of the Future

Prediction: Governments, including Japan, Italy and Russia did not at first take kindly to the “meddling” ways of the Global Trade Consortium. When the Tokyo branch office of the GTC was raided in 2013, the cartel acted quickly to cut the flow of essential imports to Japan by 50 percent and threatened to take even more drastic measures if the office was not allowed to reopen in two weeks.

Reality: The theme of capitalism's complete victory in Wagar's book predicts a world where corporate aggression is much more blatant than what we actually see. In the world of today, governments are punished by other governments the way the European Union has forced Greece into austerity, not by global monopolies targeting specific governments.

Never to be Forgotten: Lesley Gore 1946-2015

The great singer/songwriter Lesley Gore has died of complications from cancer at 68. She is best known for the hits she recorded with Quincy Jones, It's My Party, Judy's Turn to Cry and You Don't Own Me. She and her Michael wrote music for the 1980 film Fame and their song Out Here on My Own was nominated for an Academy Award. She didn't write any of her biggest 1960s hits. She was also active in the LGBT community and came out as a lesbian in 2005. She is survived by her partner of 33 years, Lois Sasson.

She is remembered on this blog for her role on the Batman TV series as Catwoman's minion Pussycat, seen here with Burt Ward as Robin.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Lesley Gore, from a longtime fan. She is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to our sensible pal George Sutherland and his 20th Century Inventions.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Corporations still prefer to USE governments and their militaries rather than taking direct action, where possible. Example: Iran, 1953 or the "banana republics" a half century earlier.

    p.s., What is your take on whether Jason Ritter is Nepotism FTW or if he has sufficiently broken out of his father's shadow? Also, he was in "The Event" which is science fiction, technically.

    1. Yes, and it's usually not an outrage when the tax code is changed to the benefit of corporations as well.

      I added Jason to the Nepotism story and thanks. I didn't see The Event and imdb.com doesn't list it as sci-fi, but I'll take your word for it.

    2. Adding also adds a credit to birthday boy Hal Holbrook's list as well.


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