"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 31, 2015

31 March 2015

Jessica Szohr b. 1985 (Piranha 3D)
Melissa Ordway b. 1983 (Ted, In Time)
Judith Shekoni b. 1982 (Heroes Reborn, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [2006])
Kate Micucci b. 1980 (The Big Bang Theory)
Daniel Mays b. 1978 (Doctor Who, Nanny McPhee Returns)
Josh Saviano b. 1976 (The Ray Bradbury Theatre)
Carol-Anne Plante b. 1974 (Amanda & the Alien, Harry and the Hendersons [TV])
Adrian Holmes b. 1974 (Continuum, Arrow, Elysium, Primeval: New World, Battlestar Galactica, The Cabin in the Woods, V, Smallville, The Andromeda Strain, Supernatural, Kyle XY, Flash Gordon [TV], Stargate SG-1, The Collector, The 4400, Jeremiah, Highlander [TV])
Andrew Bowen b. 1972 (Jedi Camp, The Pit and the Pendulum, Dollhouse, Charmed, Supernatural Pirate Movie)
Ewan McGregor b. 1971 (Jack the Giant Slayer, Nanny McPhee Returns, The Island, Star Wars)
Craig McCracken b. 1971 (writer, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory)
Damon Herriman b. 1970 (Almost Human, House of Wax)
Michaela Bercu b. 1967 (Dracula [1992])
Jacqueline Kim b. 1965 (Futurestates, Threshold, Xena, Star Trek: Generations)
Johnny Timko b. 1965 (Prophecy, Battlestar Galactica, The Bionic Woman, Logan’s Run, The Lost Saucer)
Deborah Kara Unger b. 1964 (Silent Hill, Highlander: The Final Dimension)
Anne Marie Howard b. 1960 (Solar Flare, Power Rangers Wild Force, Prince of Darkness)
Tony Cox b. 1958 (Oz the Great and Powerful, Almost Human, Blankman, Leprechaun 2, Ghoulies IV, Willow, Beetlejuice, Spaceballs, Invaders from Mars, Ewoks; The Battle for Endor, Return of the Jedi, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype)
Marc McClure b. 1957 (Smallville, Apollo 13, Back to the Future, Superman)
Ian McDonald b. 1946 (author, Desolation Road, The Chaga Saga, India 2047)
Christopher Walken b. 1943 (Peter Pan Live, Gods Behaving Badly, Click, The Stepford Wives [2004], Sleepy Hollow [1999], The Prophecy, Batman Returns, Communion, The Dead Zone, Brainstorm, The Sentinel [1977])
Volker Schlondorff b. 1939 (director, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Tin Drum)
Evgeniy Lazarev b. 1937 (Iron Man 2, Carnivale)
Richard Chamberlain b. 1934 (The Swarm)
Shirley Jones b. 1934 (Zombie Night, The Creature of Sunny Side Up Trailer Park, The Adventures of Cinderella’s Daughter, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Out of the Blue)
John Jakes b. 1932 (author, Brak the Barbarian)
William Daniels b. 1927 (Galactica 1980, Star Trek: Voyager, Knight Rider, The Incredible Hulk, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Captain Nice)
Richard Kiley b. 1922 died 5 March 1999 (Phenomenon, Deep Space Nine, Jurassic Park, Ray Bradbury Theatre, Aladdin [1990 TV], Twilight Zone [1986], The Canterville Ghost)
Patrick Magee b. 1922 died 14 August 1982 (A Clockwork Orange, Hawk the Slayer, The Last Days of Man on Earth, The Masque of the Red Death)
Peggy Rea b. 1921 died 5 February 2011 (Meego, The Immortal, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao)
Ted Post b. 1918 died 20 August 2013 (director, Ark II, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Twilight Zone)
Lucille Bliss b. 1916 died 8 November 2012 (Invader Zim, The Secret of NIMH)
Robert Stevenson b. 1905 died 30 April 1986 (director, One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, The Island at the Top of the World, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Son of Flubber, The Absent-Minded Professor, Darby O’Gill and the Little People)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In 2013, the Picture Slot went to the then recently deceased Lucille Bliss, the great female voice over actress, only rivaled by June Foray. In 2014, the picture was of Ewan McGregor, an honest to Odin movie star and featured actor in those three movies we decidedly don't love. This year, I nearly went with a poster from one of our directors, possibly Mary Poppins in honor of Robert Stevenson or The Handmaid's Tale by Volker Schlondorff. Another option was Tony Cox, probably the best known African American little person actor, but his best known work is in comedies like Bad Santa and me, Myself and Irene instead of in genre. Marc McClure was Jimmy Olsen in the Christopher Revve version of Superman. But after all the hemming and hawing, I decided on the poster of The Prophecy starring birthday boy Christopher Walken. I definitely don't count every movie and TV show with an angel in it as genre, but those that show some respect to Luke 2:9 (and the angel of the Lord appeared and they were sore afraid) have a better chance that angels that are all sweetness and light. If you read the Bible, when angels show up, usually seriously unpleasant stuff is going to happen to somebody.

2. Spot the Canadians! Adrian Holmes is easy to spot, Deborah Kara Unger, not so much.

3. The Guy at the Door. When we have a Guy or a Gal at the Door, I often feel as though I'm being morbid pointing it out. Today, all it means is that we have some folks in their eighties celebrating birthdays, but no one in their nineties. Statistically speaking, that's not particularly unusual. Of course, the blog offers special best wishes to William Daniels, the voice of K.I.T.T. and the star of Captain Nice.

4. Stuff I didn't know. Shirley Jones didn't do genre when she was younger. She was a singer and a movie star and only did occasional guest appearances on TV. But she was in a pilot in 1968 titled Out of the Blue, where she played an alien from an overpopulated world, trying to find out about earth customs from a friendly professor. A couple years later, she's making a good living on The Partridge Family, the role she is now best known for.

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

Movie released 
Ice Age: The Meltdown released, 2006 

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

Prediction: By 1965, energy will be so cheap that there will be no profit in it.

Reality: So far, I have used three predictions from Langdon-Davies that were published in The Experts Speak, so all of them are dead wrong. I've finally found a version of the book being sold online and it should arrive this week, which means I can keep using this guy as my Tuesday regular for a while and maybe even find some stuff he got right. Of course, there was a profit in energy in 1965 and still is today, but solar could take a big chunk out of it in year to come.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

It's a new month, which means a new splash illustration. Even I don't know what it will be yet.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!



  1. The first thing an angel will say in the Christians scriptures is "Be not afraid!" or "Fear not!" cuz they be scary!

    1. Most of my knowledge biblicals come from you, Padre!

  2. "Did you ever notice how in the Bible, when ever God needed to punish someone, or make an example, or whenever God needed a killing, he sent an angel? Did you ever wonder what a creature like that must be like? A whole existence spent praising your God, but always with one wing dipped in blood. Would you ever really want to see an angel?" This quote really sets up The Prophecy and turns it into a horror movie. Even the "good" ones are things to be feared. Of course, The Prophecy also had Viggo Mortensen as Lucifer, which helped a lot later when he was tempted by Sauron in Lord of the Rings, because you could see just what he'd be like as an agent of evil.

    As for the others in the series:
    Prophecy 2 was forgettable despite Eric Roberts and Jennifer Beals.
    Prophecy 3 was a bit better than Prophecy 2 and at least brought the series to a satisfying close.
    Prophecy 4 and 5 should never have been made, have no relation to the first 3 except the name and the scary angels, and feature an actress I dislike intensely. Even Christopher Walken chose not to appear in those two.

    Regarding Langdon, at the time he was writing, there was a huge push for the government to take over necessary services. (The only reason the USA avoided a strong communist party attempt to gain control was that the Democrats co-opted most of the communist party platform.) I can see why he would think energy would be cheap and profitless - he believed the government would run it. Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to have so much faith in the national government ... ANY national government.


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