Thursday, March 19, 2015
19 March 2015
Kelly Vint b. 1982 (Space Jam, Stargate)
Abby Brammell b. 1979 (Bird of Prey)
Virginia Williams b. 1978 (Journeyman)
Jorma Taccone b. 1977 (The Watch, Land of the Lost)
Rachel Blanchard b. 1976 (The Rage: Carrie 2, Deadly Nightmares, War of the Worlds [TV])
Matthew Leitch b. 1975 (The Dark Knight, Below)
Dalton James b. 1971 (Encino Man)
Connor Trinneer b. 1969 (Unbelievable!, Star Runners, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Stargate: Atlantis, Star Trek: Enterprise, FreakyLinks, Sliders)
Woody Schultz b. 1968 (Avatar, Beowulf, Alien Hunter, Angel)
Jake Weber b. 1964 (Dawn of the Dead, Wendigo, Meet Joe Black, American Gothic)
Geoffrey Lower b. 1963 (Quantum Leap, Hook)
Bruce Willis b. 1955 (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Looper, Surrogates, Planet Terror, The Astronaut Farmer, Sin City, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, Breakfast of Champions, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, Twelve Monkeys, Death Becomes Her, The Twilight Zone )
Harvey Weinstein b. 1952 (producer, Halloween, Knight Rider, The Crow, Sin City, The Amityville Horror, Vampire Academy, Dark Skies, Escape for Planet Earth, Piranha 3D, Apollo 18, Spy Kids, The Mist, Planet Terror, The Prophecy, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Ella Enchanted, Lord of the Rings, Dracula 2000, The Prophecy, The Crow, The Faculty, Mimic)
Ron Clinton Smith b. 1951 (Coma , The Mist)
Dermot Crowley b. 1947 (HG Wells: War with the World, Return of the Jedi)
Glenn Close b. 1947 (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Stepford Wives , Mars Attacks!, Mary Reilly, Hook)
Ursula Andress b. 1936 (The Cave of the Golden Rose, Manimal, Clash of the Titans , She)
Renee Taylor b. 1933 (Lois & Clark, Tales from the Darkside)
Phyllis Newman b. 1933 (Mannequin)
Philip Roth b. 1933 (author, The Plot Against America)
Jan Shepard b. 1928 (Land of the Giants, Attack of the Giant Leeches)
Patrick McGoohan b. 1928 died 13 January 2009 (Hysteria, The Phantom, Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend, Scanners, The Prisoner)
Tige Andrews b. 1920 died 27 January 2007 (Mistfits of Science, Tucker’s Witch, Star Trek)
Eric Christmas b. 1916 died 22 July 2000 (The X Files, Eerie, Indiana, ALF, Misfits of Science, The Philadelphia Experiment, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, The Andromeda Strain, Mr. Scrooge)
Fred Clark b. 1914 (I Dream of Jeannie, The Addams Family, Dr, Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, Zotz!, Twilight Zone, Visit to a Small Planet)
Kent Smith b. 1907 died 23 April 1985 (Wonder Woman, Lost Horizon , The Cat Creature, The Invaders, The Outer Limits, Moon Pilot, Cat People)
Roy Roberts b. 1906 died 28 May 1975 (Bewitched, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Twilight Zone, Topper , House of Wax)
Sir Richard F. Burton b. 1821 died 20 October 1890 (translator, The Book of the Thousand and One Arabian Knights, Tales of Hindu Devilry)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the slot went to Connor Trineer from my least favorite Star Trek show and Patrick McGoohan from my favorite summer replacement for the Jackie Gleason Show. (Seriously, there is almost no way to explain how odd The Prisoner was on 1960s TV.) For this year, I considered it a three way race between Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element, Ursula Andress in She and the winner, Glenn Close from Guardians of the Galaxy. The tie breaker was which movie I liked the most.
2. The Gal at the Door and MST3K. Everyone younger than Jan Shepard is still alive and everyone older is gone. Technically, we don't if Ms. Shepard or Patrick McGoohan was born first back in 1928, but this does make her The Gal at the Door. Ms. Shepard's heyday was in the 1950s and 1960s, when she made genre productions for which she is noted here as well as a couple of movies with Elvis. She has been married to actor Ray Boyle since 1954 and they are both still with us, so good on ya, lovebirds! Also, she's in Attack of the Giant Leeches, a movie that got the MST3K treatment.
3. One hard to spot Canadian. Rachel Blanchard was born north of the border. War of the Worlds was a Canadian TV production from last century, but it's not as obvious a sign of Canadian content as more recent shows like Smallville or Supernatural.
4. Nepotism? Not here. The British singer Donovan's last name is Leitch and he has kids who went into show biz. Matthew Leitch is British, but he isn't related.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially Jan Shepard, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: “It is not possible… to concentrate enough military planes with military loads over a modern city to destroy it.”
Reality: Compare this to Billy Mitchell in 1925, predicting the Japanese would attack us by air in the Pacific, probably in Hawaii and the Philippines with the attack happening on a Sunday. When Mitchell says this, the technology really doesn't exist yet to make the attack possible. On the other hand, Thomason is making this prediction when the Flying Fortress was already in production and the B-25 was being tested. There were also major bombers being produced by the British and the Germans by 1937.
Clearly, there was a big disagreement in the military on the importance of air power and Thomason was on the losing side.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another visit with H.G. Wells.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!