"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!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

5 April 2015

Lily James b. 1989 (Cinderella [2015], Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Wrath of the Titans)
Marshall Allman b. 1984 (True Blood)
Hayley Atwell b. 1982 (Cinderella [2015], Ant-Man, Avengers, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, The Prisoner [2009])
Tom Riley b. 1981 (Doctor Who)
Krista Allen b. 1971 (Alien Presence, Paycheck, Andromeda, Mutant X, Smallville, Charmed, The X-Files, Weird Science [TV], Emmanuelle, Queen of the Galaxy)
Wendy Braun b. 1970 (Children of the X Files, Lost, Evolution, Good vs Evil, The Burning Zone)
Charles Edwin Powell b. 1963 (The 8th Plague, Nightmare Man, Frankenstein and Me, Screamers)
Lana Clarkson b. 1962 died 3 February 2003 (Barbarian Queen, Amazon Women on the Moon, Amazing Stories, Brainstorm, Deathstalker)
Greg Anderson b. 1961 (Stargate, The 4400, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Outer Limits, The New Addams Family, Millennium, The X-Files)
Lisa Zane b. 1961 (Dinotopia, Monkeybone, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare)
Von Flores b. 1960 (Lost Girl, Never Cry Werewolf, ReGenesis, Starhunter, Earth: Final Conflict, Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms, Johnny 2.0, The Adventures of Sinbad, Johnny Mnemonic, Forever Knight, TekWar, The Hidden Room, My Secret Identity, War of the Worlds)
Mitch Pileggi b. 1952 (Mega Cyclone, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis, Reaper, The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, Vampire in Brooklyn, Knight Rider 2000, Alien Nation [TV], Shocker, Return of the Living Dead II)
Larry Franco b. 1949 (producer, 2012, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Batman Begins, Hulk, Jurassic Park III, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks!, Jumanji, Batman Returns, The Rocketeer, They Live, Prince of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China, Starman, The Thing, Escape from New York)
Jane Asher b. 1946 (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Out of This World, The Quatermass Experiment)
Max Gail b. 1943 (Quantum Leap, Amazing Stories, Tales of the Unexpected, The Aliens Are Coming)
Michael Moriarity b. 1941 (Deadly Skies, Neverwas, The 4400, Taken, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Outer Limits, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Strange World, A Return to Salem’s Lot, It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive, Troll, The Stuff, Q)
Roger Davis b. 1939 (NightMan, Galactica 1980, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Dark Shadows, Twilight Zone)
Virginia Kiser b. 1939 (Max Headroom, Twilight Zone [1987], Dreamscape, Space Raiders, Poltergeist)
Frank Gorshin b. 1933 died 17 May 2005 (The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park, Black Scorpion, Twelve Monkeys, Lois & Clark, The Meteor Man, Monsters, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Legends of the Superheroes, Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Batman, The Munsters, Invasion of the Saucer Men)
Nigel Hawthorne b. 1929 died 26 December 2001 (Demolition Man, Firefox)
Chao Li Chi b. 1927 died 16 October 2010 (The Prestige, Big Trouble in Little China, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Roger Corman b. 1926 (producer, 408 credits on imdb.com and I’ll be damned if I’m typing in all of them)
Robert Q. Lewis b. 1921 died 11 December 1991 (C.H.O.M.P.S., Bewitched)
Robert Bloch b. 1917 died 23 September 1994 (writer, Cthulhu Mythos, Star Trek)
Gregory Peck b. 1916 died 12 June 2003 (The Boys from Brazil, The Omen, Marooned)
Kurt Neumann b. 1908 died 21 August 1958 (director, The Fly, Rocketship X-M)
Bette Davis b. 1908 died 6 October 1989 (Wicked Stepmother, The Watcher in the Woods, Return from Witch Mountain)
Melvyn Douglas b. 1901 died 4 August 1981 (Ghost Story, The Changeling, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Vampire Bat)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. This is a very strong list. Previous Picture Slotters are Hayley Atwell and Frank Gorshin, and folks who I consider had iconic roles in genre would include Gregory Peck in The Omen, Mitch Pileggi in The X-Files and Lily James in the new version of Cinderella. I might have even chosen Lana Clarkson from Amazing Stories, both as a present to My People and Our Agenda and a mild Fuck You to David Mamet for his dreadful film that concluded Phil Spector didn't kill her. But instead on an actor, the slot goes to Roger Corman. Like I wrote in the credit lists, I don't have time to type out all the genre credits he's produced, so the least I can do is put up his picture this year.

2. Spot the Canadians. Greg Anderson and Von Flores.

3. Nepotism... or not. Lisa Zane is Billy Zane's older sister, but I'm not sure that made a big difference in her success getting her foot in the door, or vice versa.

4. MST3K. Rocketship X-M is obviously on the list, and checking the Roger Corman productions, I know Attack of the Giant Leeches, Teenage Cave Man, Viking Women vs. the Sea Serpent and It Conquered the World. Zombie Rotten McDonald was kind enough to point out Marooned, which I should have remembered.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 Out of range prediction. We are supposed to figure out warp drive forty eight years from now and get a visit from the Vulcans. This blog is only concerned with predictions no more than ten years in the future, as I do not feel in any way qualified to talk about the reality of what the world will look like in the second half of this century. Still, I really do think Einstein's theory that light speed is a barrier you can't break is pretty solid.

Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in his 1956 book The Door Into Summer

Prediction: Dr. Albrecht reached inside his clothes and pulled out a pack of cigarettes. He got one out, waved it briskly in the air, placed it in his mouth and puffed on it; it was lighted. He offered me the pack. “Have one?”

“Oh, no thanks.”

“Go ahead. It won’t hurt you.”

Reality: This prediction is from the part of the story that takes place in 2000. For self-lighting cigarettes, see the film or read the book Barbarians at the Gate. As for cigarettes not hurting you, this may just be a gag - Woody Allen stole it in Sleeper - or it may be Heinlein's libertarian streak rebelling against warnings from the government, not unlike even crazier writer Ayn Rand.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

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