"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, March 17, 2015

17 March 2015

Julia Winter b. 1993 (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Eliza Bennett b. 1992 (Inkheart, Nanny McPhee)
Olesya Rulin b. 1986 (Powers, Halloweentown High)
Olga Fedori b. 1984 (The Wolfman)
Brittany Daniel b. 1976 (Skyline)
Gina Holden b. 1975 (LA Apocalypse, Teen Wolf, Avalanche Sharks, Dracano, Fringe, Mysterious Island, Sand Sharks, Saw 3D, The Legend of the Seeker, Smallville, Flash Gordon, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, The Butterfly Effect 2, Supernatural, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Fantastic Four [2005])
Natalie Zea b. 1975 (Under the Dome)
Jennifer Lothrop b. 1974 (Fantastic Four [2005], Flatland, Good vs Evil)
Janaya Stephens b. 1974 (Hemlock Grove, Death Race, Category 7: The End of the World, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Mutant X, Relic Hunter, Lexx)
Brent Roam b. 1971 (Deep Blue Sea)
Mathew St. Patrick b. 1968 (Alien Raiders)
Rob Lowe b. 1964 (Apocalypse Slough, The Invention of Lying, Salem’s Lot, The Stand)
Bill Marchant b. 1964 (Chappie, Godzilla [2014], The 100, Supernatural, Painkiller Jane, The 4400, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Stargate SG-1, Millennium)
Casey Siemaszko b. 1961 (Storm of the Century, Chameleon II: Death Match, The Phantom, Black Scorpion, Back to the Future I & II, Amazing Stories)
Cameron Thor b. 1960 (SeaQuest 2032, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jurassic Park, Hook, Freddy’s Nightmares, Space)
Arye Gross b. 1960 (Fringe, Dollhouse, Minority Report, The X-Files, Good vs Evil, Arthur’s Quest, Millennium, Timelock, House II: The Second Story, Knight Rider)
Laurene Landon b. 1957 (Marilyn: Zombie Hunter, Wicked Stepmother, It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive, America 3000, Hundra, The Stuff, Full Moon High)
Gary Sinise b. 1955 (The Forgotten, Mission to Mars, The Green Mile, Apollo 13, The Stand)
Mark Boone Junior b. 1955 (Halloween II [2009], Batman Begins, Carnivale, Frankenfish, Armageddon, Vampires, Quantum Leap)
Lesley-Anne Down b. 1954 (Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus, Munchie Strikes Back, Supernatural [1977], Countess Dracula)
Kurt Russell b. 1951 (Sky High, Vanilla Sky, Soldier, Escape from L.A., Stargate, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Strongest Man in the World, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Lost in Space)
Patrick Duffy b. 1949 (Alice in Wonderland [1985], Man from Atlantis)
William Gibson b. 1948 (won 1985 Hugo and Nebula for Neuromancer)
Tanya Lemani b. 1945 (Star Trek, My Mother the Car, I Dream of Jeannie)
Don Mitchell b. 1943 died 8 December 2013 (Wonder Woman, Scream Blacula Scream, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie)
Patty Maloney b. 1936 (Star Trek: Voyager, A.J.’s Time Travelers, The Addams Family [movie], Legend [TV], Amazing Stories, The Ice Pirates, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Far Out Space Nuts)
Ken Barr b. 1933 (illustrator)
Charles Lampkin b. 1913 died 17 April 1989 (Cocoon, The Incredible Hulk, Gemini Man)
Frank DeKova b. 1910 died 15 October 1981 (The Incredible Hulk, Atlantis, the Lost Continent, Teenage Cave Man)
Brigitte Helm b. 1906 died 11 June 1996 (Metropolis, Queen of Atlantis, The Lost Atlantis)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Slot was awarded to Brigitte Helm from Metropolis and author William Gibson. This year, it's Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a picture I've used before when Escape from New York was quoted as a prediction source. Other possible candidates were Patrick Duffy from Man from Atlantis and Rob Lowe from The Stand, but seriously, they aren't Snake Fucking Plissken, are they?

2. Spot (most of) the Canadians! Laurene Landon's career doesn't have a lot of Canadian genre shows so I wouldn't expect most folks to know her birthplace. There are three more Canadians on the list, all younger than she is, and I think they can be sussed out by experienced Canadian spotters. I rate the difficulty level as 4.1 of 5. Good luck.

3. MST3K. Frank DeKova, best known to baby boomers from F Troop, was in Teenage Cave Man, starring a very uncomfortable looking Robert Vaughn.

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

Predictor: John Langdon-Davies from his 1936 book A Short History of the Future

Prediction: By 1975 sexual feeling and marriage will have nothing to do with each other.

Reality: Meet our new Tuesday regular, John Langdon-Davies, writing in 1936 about what he saw happening in the rest of the 20th Century. My early quotes are gleaned from The Experts Speak, which means we will get a bunch of stuff that's crazy wrong, but I've been able to find a reasonably priced version of his book, so I will also pull some quotes that aren't quite as goofy as the ones you'll see in March and April.

Yay, new sources!

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

It's another technological prediction from our 1901 pal George Sutherland.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. So how do you rate his prediction? I give him a half mark...

    1. Looking at it in one direction, there was plenty of sexual feeling in 1975 that was in no way connected to marriage, but I'd say that's always been true, it just was a little more out in the open after 1960.

  2. Jim Morrow (World Fantasy Award for Only Begotten Daughter and Towing Jehovah, as well as a couple of Nebulas) is also a St. Patrick's Day child. His Wikipedia entry includes a few films.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. His Nebula is for novelette and I only promise to include the winners for novel. I was not previously aware of his work.


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