"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 17, 2015

17 April 2015

Birthdays
Paulie Litt b. 1995 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Speed Racer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood b. 1987 (Arrow, Final Destination 5)
Luke Mitchell b. 1985 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Tomorrow People, H2O: Just Add Water, Cryptopticon)
Rooney Mara b. 1985 (Pan, Her, A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Jorgelina Guadalupe Airaldi b. 1984 (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
Susie Amy b. 1981 (Vampire Killers, Dark Realm)
Nicholas D’Agosto b. 1980 (Gotham, Final Destination 5, Heroes, Supernatural, Psycho Beach Party)
Travis Young b. 1979 (Resurrection, The Walking Dead, Remnants, The Vampire Diaries, Monster Beach Party)
Alex Nesic b. 1976 (Angel)
Monet Mazur b. 1976 (Mystery Men, Addams Family Values)
Jennifer Garner b. 1972 (Elektra, Daredevil [2003], Dude, Where’s My Car?)
Michael Teh b. 1969 (Sleepy Hollow [2013], Sharknado, Alien Rising, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus)
Henry Ian Cusick b. 1967 (The 100, Fringe, Lost)
William Mapother b. 1965 (Constantine, American Horror Story, Another Earth, I (heart) Vampires, Lost, Threshold, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky)
Lela Rochon b. 1964 (Meteor Man)
Joel Murray b. 1963 (Bloodsucking Bastards, Encino Woman, Scrooged)
Don Michael Paul b. 1963 (The Island, Robot Wars)
Carlo Rota b. 1961 (Grimm, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Pegasus vs. Chimera, SGU Stargate Universe, Relic Hunter, Mission to Mars, Earth: Final Conflict, Total Recall 2070, Highlander: The Raven, Forever Knight, TekWar: TekLab)
Sean Bean b. 1959 (The Martian, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Jupiter Ascending, Mirror Mirror, Percy Jackson, Game of Thrones, The Island, Lord of the Rings)
Kristine Sutherland b. 1955 (Buffy, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
Roddy Piper b. 1954 (They Live, RoboCop [TV], Highlander, Superboy, Hell Comes to Frogtown)
Olivia Hussey b. 1951 (It, Escape 2000)
Diane Fletcher b. 1944 (A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
David Bradley b. 1942 (Harry Potter, The World’s End, Game of Thrones, The Strain, An Adventure in Space and Time, Doctor Who, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Sarah Jane Chronicles)
Ron Miller b. 1933 (producer, TRON, The Watcher in the Woods, The Black Hole, The Cat from Outer Space, Escape to Witch Mountain, Son of Flubber)
Michael Forest b. 1929 (Seven Days, King Kong Lives, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, The Deadly Mantis)
Gordon Rollings b. 1926 died 7 June 1985 (Superman II and III, Jabberwocky, Night Creatures)
William Holden b. 1918 died 16 November 1981 (Damien: Omen II)
Paul Langton b. 1913 died 15 April 1980 (The Immortal, Twilight Zone, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Invisible Invaders, The Cosmic Man)
Arthur Lake b. 1906 died 9 January 1987 (Topper [1937])

Note on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. The previous Picture Slotters were Sean Bean and Jennifer Garner. Removing them from consideration, the top candidates to my mind are Kristine Sutherland from Buffy, Roddy Piper from They Live and the winner, Michael Forest as Apollo from Star Trek. Mr. Forest gets the nod because he is also The Guy at the Door, the oldest living person on the list and no one younger than him is dead. As is the custom of the blog, we give special best birthday wishes to anyone in that particular situation.

2. Degrees of nepotism. Joel Murray has a career of his own, likely best known as Freddy Rumson on Mad Men. but you'll notice he was in Scrooged, which starred his big brother Bill Murray. William Mapother also has a career that stands on its own, but you'll notice roles early in Minority Report and Vanilla Sky, which starred his more famous cousin Tom Cruise. Rooney Mara is from the family that owns the New York Giants football team, but I doubt that pulled many strings in Hollywood. The producer Ron Miller was married for a time to Walt Disney's daughter.

3. Canadians real and faux. Carlo Rota was born in England, moved to Canada for a while and is now working out of Los Angeles. The one person actually born north of the border is Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, though it's hard to tell from her credit list.

4. MST3K. Our Guy at the Door also showed up in two movies that got the MST3K treatment, The Deadly Mantis and Viking Women and the Sea Serpent.

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

Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: One will subscribe to a news agency which will wire all the stuff one cares to have so violently fresh, into a phonographic recorder perhaps, in some convenient corner. There the thing will be in every house, beside the barometer, to hear or ignore.

With the separation of that function what is left of the newspaper will revert to one daily edition--daily, I think, because of the power of habit to make the newspaper the specific business of some definite moments in the day; the breakfast hour, I suppose, or the "up-to-town" journey with most Englishmen now. Quite possibly some one will discover some day that there is now machinery for folding and fastening a paper into a form that will not inevitably get into the butter, or lead to bitterness in a railway carriage. This pitch of development reached, I incline to anticipate daily papers much more like the _Spectator_ in form than these present mainsails of our public life. They will probably not contain fiction at all, and poetry only rarely, because no one but a partial imbecile wants these things in punctual daily doses, and we are anticipating an escape from a period of partial imbecility.

Reality: News you can hear of course did happen and used the technology of radio, already invented by the time Wells wrote this, though next to no one saw how big it would become.

As for the newspaper being devoid of fiction, here Wells is deriding the comics section, which was a mainstay of newspapers throughout the 20th Century. For that reason alone, I have a compulsion to revive Wells from the dead just long enough to smack him one upside his head.


Looking one day ahead...  INTO THE FUTURE!

The introduction of a new regular set of predictions from 1955, good news about the paradise to come in 1976.


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