"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, April 10, 2015

10 April 2015

 Birthdays
AJ Michalka b. 1991 (Super 8, Birds of Prey)
Alex Pettyfer b. 1990 (In Time, Beastly, I Am Number Four)
Haley Joel Osment b. 1988 (Tusk, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Sixth Sense)
Jamie Renee Smith b. 1987 (True Blood, VR.5, Dark Skies)
Mandy Moore b. 1984 (Southland Tales)
Cara DeLizia b. 1984 (The Nightmare Room, So Weird)
Ryan Merriman b. 1983 (Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, Final Destination 3, The Ring Two, Veritas: The Quest, Smallville, Taken, Halloween: Resurrection, Rocket’s Red Glare)
Jamie Chung b. 1983 (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Once Upon a Time, Sucker Punch)
Chyler Leigh b. 1982 (Supergirl [2015])
Laura Bell Bundy b. 1981 (Jumanji)
Charlie Hunnam b. 1980 (Pacific Rim, Children of Men)
Damien Puckler b. 1972 (Starfall, Grimm, Camel Spiders, The Colony)
Orlando Jones b. 1968 (Sleepy Hollow, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Pushing Daisies, Primeval, The Time Machine, Evolution, Bedazzled)
Brad William Henke b. 1966 (Pacific Rim, Grimm, Lost)
Jeb Stuart Adams b, 1961 (They Live, Once Bitten)
Peter MacNicol b. 1954 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Battleship, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Baby Geniuses, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Addams Family Values, Ghostbusters II, Dragonslayer)
Jim Burns b. 1948 (artist)
Milt Kogan b. 1936 (Quantum Leap, Solar Crisis, Alien Nation, E.T., The Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Shazam!, The Invisible Man [1975], The Six Million Dollar Man)
Bruce Carradine b. 1933 (Q)
Chelo Alonso b. 1933 (Atlas Against the Cyclops)
Hari Rhodes b. 1932 died 15 January 1992 (Automan, The Powers of Matthew Star, Salvage 1, Wonder Woman, Beyond Westworld, Logan’s Run [TV], The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Earth II, The Satan Bug)
Omar Sharif b. 1932 (Gulliver’s Travels [1996 TV], The Mysterious Island [1973])
Lee Weaver b. 1930 (Donnie Darko, Godzilla [1998], Sliders, Lois & Clark, Voyagers!, Mork & Mindy)
Max von Sydow b. 1929 (Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens, Branded, The Wolfman, Solomon Kane, Minority Report, What Dreams May Come, Judge Dredd, Needful Things, Until the End of the World, Dune, Dreamscape, The Ice Pirates, Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon, The Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist)
Lee Bergere b. 1924 died 321 Jan. 2007 (Time Trackers, Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek, Mr. Terrific, My Favorite Martian, The Addams Family, The Munsters)
Sheb Wooley b. 1921 died 16 September 2003 (Purple People Eater, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger)
Chuck Connors b. 1921 died 10 November 1992 (Werewolf, Day of Resurrection, The Six Million Dollar Man, Soylent Green, Adventures of Superman [TV])
Harry Morgan b. 1915 died 7 December 2011 (3rd Rock from the Sun, The Twilight Zone [1988], The Cat from Outer Space, Exo-Man)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, I used pictures of Max von Sydow and the art of Jim Burns. My top picks other than them were Lee Bergere as Lincoln from an episode of the original Star Trek and the winner, Haley Joel Osment from his best known role in The Sixth Sense.

2. Nepotism you damn betcha. You may not known the name Bruce Carradine. His mom married John Carradine and the patriarch of the acting family legally adopted his stepson. Bruce has a total of 3 roles on imdb.com, including getting his start on his step-brother David's hit TV show Kung Fu. This is definitely nepotism, though it's questionable if it can be called FTW.

3. Living Canadian free. No Canadians on the list today. It happens sometimes.

4. Wait, he's dead? I had Hari Rhodes listed last year, but I hadn't recorded that he died back in the 1990s.

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


Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1901 book Anticipations

Prediction: One hastens to foretell that either with the pressure of coming war, or in the hour of defeat, there will arise the Man. He will be strong in action, epigrammatic in manner, personally handsome and continually victorious. He will sweep aside parliaments and demagogues, carry the nation to glory, reconstruct it as an empire, and hold it together by circulating his profile and organizing further successes. He will--I gather this from chance lights upon contemporary anticipations--codify everything, rejuvenate the papacy, or, at any rate, galvanize Christianity, organize learning in meek intriguing academies of little men, and prescribe a wonderful educational system. The grateful nations will once more deify a lucky and aggressive egotism.... And there the vision loses breath. Nothing of the sort is going to happen, or, at any rate, if it happens, it will happen as an interlude, as no necessary part in the general progress of the human drama.

Nothing of the sort is going to happen, or, at any rate, if it happens, it will happen as an interlude, as no necessary part in the general progress of the human drama. The world is no more to be recast by chance individuals than a city is to be lit by sky rockets. The purpose of things emerges upon spacious issues, and the day of individual leaders is past.

Reality: Umm... our century saw Hitler, Stalin and Mao, so I'm going to say Wells gets zero points here. I don't consider any of those guys "personally handsome", but they definitely were leaders who completely changed their countries.

Never to be Forgotten: Richard Dysart 1929-2015

Actor Richard Dysart, an actor whose career spanned from the 1950s to the early 2000s, died earlier this month. The role he played most often was Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law, but he is remembered here for roles in genre productions including Back to the Future III, Gemini Man, The Terminal Man and John Carpenter's version of The Thing, from which this still with Kurt Russell is taken. As remakes of movies go, The Thing is remarkable for being both different from the original and better in terms of being much scarier and more thought provoking. Dysart, as always, turned in a very believable performance.

I also feel compelled to note that Dysart's birthday was late last month and he was the Guy at the Door among the people listed. Of course, these lists are somewhat random, since there might well be people who shared his birthday who didn't have any sci-fi roles who were either younger and already dead or older and still alive. Still, I always feel like it's something of a jinx for me to bring it up. As far as I know, Dysart is the first Guy at the Door to die since I started the blog, though I may be wrong.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Richard Dysart, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

All things must come to an end and we get the last prediction from the 1893 crowd.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

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