"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!

Friday, February 6, 2015

6 February 2015

Sophie Bennett b. 1989 (Odyssey 5, Code Name: Eternity, Universal Soldier: Brothers in Arms)
Brittany Drisdelle b. 1988 (Being Human, Tales from the Neverending Story)
Dane DeHaan b. 1986 (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & 3, Chronicle, True Blood)
Alice Greczyn b. 1986 (Phil of the Future)
Crystal Reed b. 1985 (Teen Wolf [TV], Skyline)
Brandon Hammond b. 1984 (Mars Attacks!, Space Jam, Strange Days)
Alice Eve b. 1982 (Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, The Raven)
Whitney Able b. 1982 (Monsters [2010])
Kim Poirier b. 1980 (Eureka, Dawn of the Dead, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal)
Ben Lawson b. 1980 (Sabrina, Down Under, Chameleon II: Death Match, Time Trax)
Josh Stewart b. 1977 (Interstellar, Transcendence, Grimm, The Walking Dead, The Dark Knight Rises, No Ordinary Family, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Jekyll)
Brain Stepanek b. 1971 (Haunted Hathaways, Dark Skies, Monster Mutt, Transformers, The Island, Early Edition)
David Hayter b. 1969 (writer, World War III [2015], Black Widow, X-Men, X-Men 2, Watchmen, The Scorpion King)
Adam Simon b. 1962 (writer, Salem, The Haunting in Connecticut, Bones [2001 Movie], Carnosaur, Brain Dead)
Megan Gallagher b. 1960 (Warehouse 13, Contagion, Star Trek: Voyager, Millennium, Deep Space Nine)
Kathy Najimy b. 1957 (Cinderelmo, Bride of Chucky, Early Edition, Hocus Pocus)
Robert Townsend b. 1957 (I Was a Teenage Faust, The Meteor Man, Amazing Stories)
Tiffany Bolling b. 1947 (Kingdom of the Spiders, Man from Atlantis, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, The Sixth Sense [1972])
Gayle Hunnicut b. 1943 (Tales from the Crypt, Tales of the Unexpected, The Martian Chronicles, The Legend of Hell House )
Gigi Perreau b. 1941 (Journey to the Center of Time)
Mike Farrell b. 1939 (Supernatural, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Questor Tapes, The Sixth Sense [1972], Doomsday Machine, I Dream of Jeannie)
Rip Torn b. 1931 (Men in Black, Zoom, RoboCop 3, Defending Your Life, The Beastmaster, Coma, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Murder and the Android)
Mamie Van Doren b. 1931 (Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters)
Pamela Curran b. 1930 (The Invaders, The Green Hornet, I Dream of Jeannie, Mutiny in Outer Space, My Favorite Martian, The Blob [1958])
Walker Edmiston b. 1925 died 15 February 2007 (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Land of the Lost, Shazam!, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Lost Saucer, Star Trek, Batman, The Beach Girls and the Monster)
Patrick Macnee b. 1922 (Low Budget Time Machine, NightMan, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Super Force, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Lobster Man from Mars, War of the Worlds [1989 TV], Waxwork, Automan, The Creature Wasn’t Nice, The Howling, Battlestar Galactica, Twilight Zone [1959], A Christmas Carol [1951], The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
Zsa Zsa Gabor b. 1917 (Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie, Queen of Outer Space, Batman)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Previous folk in the Picture Slot are Zsa Zsa Gabor for Queen of Outer Space and Rip Torn from Men in Black. While I admit my geezerhood, that isn't the only reason I am hard pressed to find an actor with an iconic role on this list who is younger than 80, though maybe Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus might count. In any case, the final choice was between Patrick Macnee from Battlestar Galactica and Mamie Van Doren from a glamour still.

I chose the fabulous babe. Shocking, I know. Happy birthday to both of them, they are both still with us.

2. The dead is one guy! It wasn't until I stumbled across the name of Walker Edmiston that I found even one person today who was already dead, and we have two folks in their 90s. Walker Edmiston didn't quite make it to the level of Oh That Guy as far as I'm concerned; he worked for many decades and split his time between in front of the camera and voice work. Remember the Star Trek episode where Clint Howard played the creepy alien who drank "tranya"? Walker Edmiston did the voice.

3. Canadians spotted! Not easy to tell the Canadians from the rest today. All of them are actresses born in the 1980s, Sophie Bennett, Brittany Drisdelle and Kim Poirier.

4. No MST3K, strangely enough. There are plenty of films cheesy enough to have been watched by a janitor and two robots, - Lobster Man from Mars, Queen of Outer Space, The Blob, everything Mamie Van Doren did - but none made the cut. Mutiny in Outer Space is not Space Mutiny. Close, but no cigar.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to Walker Edmiston, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: I really do not understand the exceptional attitude people take up against the Jews. There is something very ugly about many Jewish faces, but there are Gentile faces just as coarse and gross. The Jew asserts himself in relation to his nationality with a singular tactlessness, but it is hardly for the English to blame that. Many Jews are intensely vulgar in dress and bearing, materialistic in thought, and cunning and base in method, but no more so than many Gentiles. The Jew is mentally and physically precocious, and he ages and dies sooner than the average European, but in that and in a certain disingenuousness he is simply on all fours with the short, dark Welsh. He forgathers with those of his own nation, and favors them against the stranger, but so do the Scotch. I see nothing in his curious, dispersed nationality to dread or dislike.

Reality: Okay, this isn't actually a prediction, but a prelude to one, where Wells shows what a swell guy he is. C'mon, folks! The Jews are no worse than the Welsh or the Scots, and we aren't talking about wiping them out! Well, at least not recently.

This is not the last creepy passage from the book by any means.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to 1893 once more, with a guy not famous enough now to rate a picture on the Internet. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Even after all these years, it always takes me a moment to remember the difference between Rip Torn and Rip Taylor. (Taylor's the flamboyant one.)

    It's interesting that the younger actors playing iconic roles simply aren't standing out for playing those roles. Dane DeHaan is playing Harry Osborne/The Green Goblin, an iconic Marvel villain, and Alice Eve is playing Carol Marcus. I haven't even heard much about DeHaan (unlike when Willem Dafoe and James Franco played The Green Goblin) and all anyone remembers about Alice Eve's appearance is the underwear scene (probably a fault of the writers/director).

    As for Patrick Macnee, I'd consider giving him the slot next year with an audio recording of the opening narration of Battlestar Galactica (1978), because that was even more iconic than his acting role (and gains added weight when you finally see him in a role and THEN listen to the opening narration again, knowing who he is).

    1. By my own rules, Macnee was the obvious choice.

  2. I think you made the right choice on the picture slot.

    Although it strikes me that you could probably go an entire year by using a zombie birthday in the picture slot. We're everywhere...


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