"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, March 1, 2015

1 March 2015

Harry Eden b. 1990 (Peter Pan [2003])
Dominic Rains b. 1982 (Captain America; The Winter Soldier, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, FlashForward)
Alicia Leigh Willis b. 1978 (National Treasure: Book of Secrets, The Chronicle)
Jensen Ackles b. 1978 (Supernatural, Smallville, Dark Angel)
Luke Mably b. 1976 (28 Days Later…)
Mark-Paul Gosselar b. 1975 (Atomic Twister, Dead Man on Campus, Specimen, Twilight Zone [1986])
Jack Davenport b. 1973 (Pirates of the Caribbean, FlashForward, Ultraviolet, Immortality, Tale of the Mummy)
Cara Buono b. 1971 (Let Me In, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Cthulhu, From Other Worlds, Hulk)
Javier Bardem b. 1969 (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Joshua Milrad b. 1968 (The Beastmaster)
Steve Marshall b. 1968 (Night of the Creeps)
Zach Snyder b. 1966 (director, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead)
JD Cullum b. 1966 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Charmed, Sliders, Lois & Clark, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Manhattan Project)
Tim Daly b. 1956 (From the Earth to the Moon, Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde)
Ron Howard b. 1954 (actor, Land of the Giants, Village of the Giants, Twilight Zone; director, Apollo 13, Willow, Splash)
Dougal Dixon b. 1947 (author, After Man)
Lana Wood b. 1946 (Tales from the Dark Fall, Captain America II: Death Too Soon)
Dirk Benedict b. 1945 (Earthstorm, Demon Keeper, Amazing Stories, Battlestar Galactica, Ssssss)
Roger Daltrey b. 1944 (Strange Frequency 2, Witchblade, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, Highlander [TV], Sliders, Lois & Clark, Tales from the Crypt[TV])
Dennis Lipscomb b. 1942 died 30 July 2014 (Roswell, The Invisible Man, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Apollo 11, Lois & Clark, The X Files, SeaQuest 2032Amazing Stories, WarGames, The Day After, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Greatest American Hero)
David Weatherly b. 1939 (Lord of the Rings, Legend of the Seeker, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Hercules, Xena, My Grandpa Is a Vampire)
Joan Hackett b. 1934 died 8 October 1983 (The Terminal Man, Twilight Zone)
Raymond St. Jacques b. 1930 died 27 August 1990 (Voodoo Dawn, They Live, Starman [TV], The Powers of Matthew Star, Voyagers!, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, Gemini Man, The Invaders, The Green Hornet)
Robert Clary b. 1926 (The Munsters Today)
Roger Delgado b. 1918 died 18 June 1973 (Doctor Who, The Champions, The Mummy’s Shroud, First Men Into Space, Quatermass II)
David Niven b. 1910 died 29 July 1983 (The Canterville Ghost)
Lionel Atwill b. 1885 died 22 April 1946 (House of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Night Monster, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Man Made Monster, The Son of Frankenstein, Mark of the Vampire, The Vampire Bat, Doctor X)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In earlier years, the slot was filled by Zach Synder and an illustration by Dougal Dixon from his book After Man. Top choices for this year are Jensen Ackles, one of the two stars of Supernatural, Dirk Benedict from the original Battlestar Galactica, Roger Delgado, the first actor to play the role of The Master on Doctor Who, but instead I went extremely old school with Lionel Atwill, a British actor who did a boatload of Universal horror films in the 1930s and 1940s, though he was not in any of the four films that started the genre, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man and The Mummy. He is pictured here as Inspector Krogh from Son of Frankenstein, a man who lost an arm as a child when the original monster ripped it out of its socket. Mel Brooks parodied this role with Kenneth Mars playing a one-armed inspector in Young Frankenstein.

2. Nepotism and not. Let's start from the top. Alicia Leigh Willis is no kin to Bruce Willis; her dad David Willis has done a few films, but she is likely better known than he is. JD Cullum is the son of John Cullum, a Broadway actor best known for Northern Exposure. Ron Howard's dad is Rance Howard, but the younger Howard is by far the more famous and is more a source of nepotism rather the recipient. Lana Wood was the sister of Natalie Wood, not quite as pretty a face but a much more va-va-voom figure. Her best known role is as Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds are Forever.

3. Wait... He's dead? I hadn't realized the African-American actor Raymond St. Jacques had died so young. Also, Dennis Lipscomb is a great Oh That Guy actor who died last year. He should definitely have earned a Never to be Forgotten post, but news of his death did not get to me.

4. Not the Canadian? Jensen Ackles has the one-two punch of Supernatural and Smallville, but he was born in the States. Given that Supernatural is now in its eleventh season, I wouldn't be surprised if he now lives in Canada, but he is not native born, nor is anyone on the list today.

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

Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in the 1956 novel The Door Into Summer

Prediction: I wanted a gadget that could do anything inside the home – cleaning and cooking, of course, but also really hard jobs, like changing a baby’s diaper, or replacing a typewriter ribbon… I wanted a man and wife to be able to buy one machine for, oh, say about the price of a good automobile, which would be the equal of the Chinese servant you read about but no one in my generation had ever seen.

Reality: Bob's male privilege is seeping in here a little with this dig at "women's work" being something a single machine could easily master. And just because insulting one half the human population isn't quite enough for a good Heinlein paragraph, he also takes a slap at the Chinese.

Suffice it to say, Sensible Bob got the idea of CAD right, but Computer Aided Housework comes from Ridiculous Bob. 
This month's splash illustration. I was trying to think of what futuristic gizmo I hadn't featured at the top of the page in the many months this blog has been around. I had cars, flying cars, kid's toys, great illustrations by Syd Mead and others and then I thought... computers! We take them for granted in our lives, but the handy little gadget on which I'm typing this nonsense is so much more powerful than most sci-fi predicted it would be by now. So this month's splash illustration is the upper third of this computer screen design I found online, though I couldn't find the name of the artist. It's everything computers were expected to be: busy, flashy and almost completely incomprehensible without hours if not weeks of training. I think it screams "FUTURE!" or at least someone's idea of what it would be, which of course is the underlying concept of this blog, isn't it?

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Three little words. OMNI Future Almanac. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Clearly, fashion designers weren't paying attention to the all-important "acrylic spark annotation" when they designed that stupid dress that broke the Internet this week.

    Nothing on that diagram can account for those llamas, though.

  2. funny that computers were also expected to remain that horrible monochromatic green...

  3. I've changed more typewriter ribbons and baby's diapers than I care to count (though, in fairness, my wife has changed at least an order of magnitude more), and anyone who would put the two on a par is either really stupid, never had children, or is a vicious male with a screw loose. Or some combination thereupon.

    1. Like I said, Heinlein deeply underestimates how much judgment is involved in "women's work".

      CAD, on the other hand, is wonderfully mechanical.


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