Monday, February 9, 2015
9 February 2015
Jimmy Bennett b. 1996 (No Ordinary Family, Star Trek , The Amityville Horror )
Avan Jogia b. 1992 (Caprica)
Tyson Houseman b. 1990 (Twilight Saga)
Michael B. Jordan b. 1987 (The Fantastic Four , Chronicle)
Rose Leslie b. 1987 (The Last Witch Hunter, Utopia, Game of Thrones)
Rachel Melvin b. 1985 (Zombeavers, Heroes, Boo)
David Gallager b. 1985 (In Your Eyes, The Vampire Diaries, Super 8, Smallville, Boogeyman 2, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Phenomenon)
Geng Han b. 1984 (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
Tom Hiddleston b. 1981 (Thor, Marvel’s the Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive)
Margarita Levieva b. 1980 (Knights of Badassdom, The Invisible)
Fede Alvaraez b. 1978 (director, From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], Evil Dead )
Charlie Day b. 1976 (Pacific Rim)
Amber Valletta b. 1974 (Gamer, What Lies Beneath)
Shaun Parkes b. 1973 (No Ordinary Family, Doctor Who, The Mummy Returns)
Colin Egglesfield b. 1973 (Charmed, Vampires: The Turning)
Jason George b. 1972 (Witches of East End, Eastwick, Stargate SG-1, Bewitched , Jeremiah, Clockstoppers, Roswell, Fallen)
Julie Warner b. 1965 (The Puppet Masters, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Darren Dalton b. 1965 (Quantum Leap, Alien Nation [TV], Freddy’s Nightmares)
Jaco Van Dormael b. 1957 (director, Mr. Nobody)
Jim J. Bullock b. 1955 (ALF, Spaceballs)
Charles Shaughnessy b. 1955 (Moontrap: Target Earth, Deadtime Stories, Stargate SG-1, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Harry and the Hendersons [TV])
Ciarán Hinds b. 1953 (Game of Thrones, John Carter, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, Jason and the Argonauts ,Tales from the Crypt, Mary Reilly, Excalibur)
Brooke Palance b. 1952 (Empire of the Ants)
Sally Knyvette b. 1951 (Blakes 7)
Mia Farrow b. 1945 (The Omen , The Purple Rose of Cairo, Supergirl, Zelig, Peter Pan [1976 TV], Rosemary’s Baby)
Squire Fridell b. 1943 (Village of the Damned , Mac and Me)
Clive Swift b. 1936 (Doctor Who [2007 and 1985], The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Excalibur, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1990)
Frank Frazetta b. 1928 died 10 May 2010 (illustrator)
Brian Donlevy b. 1901 died 5 April 1972 (The Quatermass Xperiment, Quatermass II: Enemy from Space, Gammera the Invincible, Curse of the Fly)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, Frank Frazetta and Tom Hiddleston were in the Picture Slot and I can defend both those choices easily. This time of year is when I start noticing the big Game if Thrones cravings, so the choice was between Rose Leslie and Ciarán Hinds. I want to state for the record I love Hinds' work in so many roles, most notably as Julius Caesar in Rome. So that means he gets the Picture Slot, right?
You know nothing, Jon Snow.
2. Two fledgling Canadians.The Canadians born this day are the youngsters Ana Jogia and Taylor Houseman. Houseman has very little work outside The Twilight Saga and Jogia is a TV actor, just not a primarily genre TV actor.
3. The Guy at the Door. Today is one of those days where no one died young, so 79 year old British actor Clive Swift is the oldest person alive and everyone younger is still with us. As always when I point out this morbid curiosity, I wish Clive Swift most especially a long and happy life.
4. Nepotism FTW (sorta). Last name Palance? Daughter of Jack? Yes to both questions. She only appeared seven times in front of the camera, the last time in 1982 in the role of "hooker" in a movie shot in France. Not exactly a career, more like a hobby.
5. MST3K. Gammera the Invincible is the name of the American version of the original Gamera, which of course was the target of the guys at Best Brains.
6. Things I learned today. Squire Fridell played Ronald McDonald in Mac and Me, the famously awful rip-off of E.T. that was a long commercial for McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Skittles. He played Ronald from 1984 to 1991. I guess somebody had to.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most notably Clive Swift, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: The human body contains about 50,000 different kinds of proteins, only 2% of which have been identified. Within ten years it should be close to 100% because of the work of Drs. Norman G. Anderson and Leigh Anderson at the Argonne National Laboratories in Illinois. The development will usher in a new era in medicine.
Reality: The Andersons oversold their chances by a bunch. The problem of identification of all proteins is much more difficult that The Human Genome Project and is nowhere near a solution today, though there are organizations trying to find funding for the grand scheme.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another look at the New World Order from the perspective of W. Warren Wagar.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!