"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, March 20, 2015

20 March 2015

Birthdays
Samantha Weinstein b. 1995 (Darknet, Carrie [2013], Swarmed)
Christy Carlson Romano b. 1984 (Infected, Wolvesbayne)
Talia Russo b. 1980 (Beauty and the Beast [2012], Lost Girl, ReGenesis)
Bianca Lawson b. 1979 (Witches of East End, Teen Wolf [TV], Beauty and the Beast [2012], The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, Big Monster on Campus, Buffy)
Georgia Craig b. 1979 (Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Stargate SG-1, The 4400, Dawn of the Dead)
Freema Agyeman b. 1979 (Sense8, Doctor Who)
Paula Garces b. 1974 (Warehouse 13, Knight Rider [2008], Clockstoppers)
Jane March b. 1973 (Jack the Giant Killer, Clash of the Titans, Blood of Beasts, Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula, Dark Realm, Relic Hunter)
Ingrid Kavelaars b. 1971 (Lost Girl, V [2009], ReGenesis, Stargate SG-1, Jeremiah, Code Name: Eternity, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, Millennium, Specimen)
Liam Waite b. 1971 (Vampire Bats, Ghosts of Mars)
Michael Rapaport b. 1970 (The 6th Day, Deep Blue Sea)
Lawrence Makoare b. 1968 (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Xena)
Marc Warren b. 1967 (Dreams1997, Dracula [2006], Hogfather, Doctor Who, Alice Through the Looking Glass [1998], Highlander [TV])
Leif Tilden b. 1964 (Monkeybone, Invader, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1991])
David Thewlis b. 1963 (Harry Potter, The Zero Theorem, The Omen [2006], Timeline, Dinotopia, The Island of Dr. Moreau [1996], DragonHeart, Erasmus Microman)
Stephen Sommers b. 1963 (director, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Deep Rising)
Kathy Ireland b. 1963 (Journey to the Center of the Earth [1988], Alien from L.A.)
Karen M. Waldron b. 1961 (Space Cowboys, Return of the Killer Tomatoes!)
Holly Hunter b. 1958 (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Theresa Russell b. 1957 (The Legends of Nethiah, Fringe, Spider-Man 3, Earth vs. the Spider [2001], Good vs Evil, A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court)
Chris Wedge b. 1957 (director, Ice Age, Robots, Epic)
Bruce Wagner b. 1954 (writer, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)
Tom Towles b. 1950 (Halloween [2007], House of 1000 Corpses, Firefly, Star Trek: Voyager, 3rd Rock from the Sun, VR.5, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Night of the Living Dead [1990], The Pit and the Pendulum)
William Hurt b. 1950 (Humans, The Host, Hellgate, The Incredible Hulk, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Neverwas, Frankenstein [2004 TV], The Village, Tuck Everlasting, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Dune [TV], Lost in Space [movie], Dark City, Michael, Until the End of the World, Altered States)
John De Lancie b. 1948 (Zombie Hamlet, Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles, Torchwood, Gamer, My Apocalypse, Invader ZIM, Charmed, Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Star Trek, Multiplicity, Legend, Time Trax, The Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica [1979], The Six Million Dollar Man)
Chip Zien b. 1947 (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, Breakfast of Champions, Into the Woods, Howard the Duck)
Hal Linden b. 1931 (Supernatural, Light Years Away, Time Changer)
Karen Steele b. 1931 died 12 March 1988 (Star Trek, Cyborg 2087, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Jack Kruschen b. 1922 died 2 April 2002 (Lois and Clark, Tucker’s Witch, The Time Machine [TV], The Incredible Hulk, Batman, The Angry Red Planet, The War of the Worlds)
Carl Reiner b. 1922 (director, The Man with Two Brains)
Wendell Corey b. 1914 died 8 November 1968 (The Astro Zombies, Cyborg 2087, Women of the Prehistoric Planet)
B.F. Skinner b. 1904 died 18 August 1990 (author, Walden Two)
Fredric Wertham b. 1895 died 18 November 1981 (author, Seduction of the Innocent, The World of Fanzines)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. There are plenty of well-known names on the list, either movie or TV stars: Carl Reiner, Hal Linden, William Hurt, Teresa Russell, Holly Hunter, David Thewlis. Are they iconic in genre? Well, Hurt and Thewlis maybe, but I didn't go in that direction. The previous Slot winners were the pain in the ass writer Wertham and the Star Trek actor John de Lancie. I got in a fabulous babe mood this morning, (I know, that almost never happens, right?) so the three finalists were Karen Steele as one of Mudd's Women, Bianca Lawson as Kendra the vampire slayer and the winner, Freema Agyeman as the companion Martha Jones.

2. Spot the Canadians! Oh That Guy actor Jack Kruschen was born in Canada but worked in the states, back in the dark days when Canada didn't have a TV production industry. The other four Canucks listed here are much younger and all of them did work in Toronto or Vancouver, Ingrid Kavelaars, Georgia Craig, Talia Russo and Samantha Weinstein.

3. MST3K. There's plenty of films on the list that deserved the treatment, but the only one I know for sure that got it was Women of the Prehistoric Planet.

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

Prediction: It is easily conceivable that once the omnibus roads are in existence, cyclists and motors other than those of the constructing companies will be able to make use of them.

Reality: I have written this before, but I would not have known about Sutherland's 20th Century Inventions had it not been mentioned by Wells in Anticipations. Sutherland also speculates on how roads will be improved, but he assumes it will be largely public funding instead of private, while Wells takes the other side of that bet.

Point for Sutherland.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

As usual, Saturday means another trip back to 1893. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

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