"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!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

8 April 2015

Birthdays
Gabriella Wilde b. 1989 (Carrie, Doctor Who)
Taran Noah Smith b. 1984 (Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home)
Kristen Storms b. 1984 (Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century)
Taylor Kitsch b. 1981 (Battleship, John Carter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Covenant, Kyle XY)
Katee Sackhoff b. 1980 (Oculus, The Big Bang Theory, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Halloween: Resurrection)
Rachel Roberts b, 1978 (The Host, In Time, FlashForward, S1m0ne)
Ana de la Reguera b. 1977 (Cowboys & Aliens)
Emma Caulfield b. 1973 (Once Upon a Time, TiMER, Buffy, Darkness Falls, Weird Science [TV])
Sung Kang b. 1972 (Knight Rider [2008], Mystery Men)
Leif Gantvoort b. 1972 (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Mary Randle b. 1972 (Hollow Man)
JR Bourne b. 1970 (Teen Wolf [2014], Fringe, Smallville, Superstorm, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Stargate SG-1, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, Andromeda, Jeremiah, Thir13een Ghosts, The Crow: Stairway to Haven, Futuresport, Millennium)
Patricia Arquette b. 1968 (Tales from the Crypt, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors)
Robin Wright b. 1966 (The Congress, A Christmas Carol [2009], Beowulf, Unbreakable, The Princess Bride)
Biz Markie b. 1964 (Sharknado 2: The Second One, Men in Black II)
Richard Keats b. 1964 (Arrow, Continuum, Fringe, Smallville, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Supernatural, Masque of the Red Death)
Dean Norris b. 1963 (Under the Dome, True Blood, Lost, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Tremors [TV], The Cell, Charmed, Millennium, Starship Troopers, Dark Skies, It Came from Outer Space II, The X Files, The Lawnmower Man, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Beauty and the Beast [1989])
John Schneider b. 1960 (Return of the Killer Shrews, Snow Beast, Smallville, Ogre, Journeyman, Lake Placid 2, 10.5, Relic Hunter)
Michael Spound b. 1957 (The Ring, Star Trek: Voyager)
Jim Piddock b. 1956 (Touch, Dollhouse, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Epic Movie, The Prestige, Lost, Angel, From the Earth to the Moon, Independence Day, Multiplicity, The Twilight Zone [1986])
Brian Delate b. 1949 (Unforgettable, The Truman Show)
Robert Harvey b. 1948 (Looper, Predators from Beyond Neptune, Rumplestiltskin, Roswell [TV movie], Space Case, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice)
Tim Thomerson b. 1946 (Trancers, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [2006], Sliders, Lois & Clark, Xena, Dollman, Cherry 2000, Twilight Zone [1986], Zone Troopers, Metal Storm: The Destruction of Jared Syn, Jekyll and Hyde… Together Again, Quark)
Stuart Pankin b. 1946 (Zenon, Babylon 5: River of Souls, Beanstalk, Mannequin: On the Move, Arachnophobia, The Powers of Matthew Star, Earthbound)
Jack O’Halloran b. 1943 (Knight Rider, Superman I and II, King Kong [1976])
Douglas Trumbull b. 1942 (director, Brainstorm, Silent Running)
Pamela Gordon b. 1937 died 21 September 2003 (The Nightmare Room, The X Files, My Favorite Martian [1999], Alien Nation: Body and Soul, The Flash [1991], Tales from the Crypt, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, The Twilight Zone, Weird Science)
Shecky Greene b. 1926 (Splash)
Edward Mulhare b. 1923 died 24 May 1997 (Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica [1979], The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Outer Limits)
Alfie Bass b. 1916 died 15 July 1987 (Star Maidens, The Fearless Vampire Killers)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Previous Picture Slotters were Emma Caufield from Buffy and Katee Sackoff from Battlestar Galactica. Even with those two worthies retired from the competition, there's plenty of other choices. If being a title character means anything, Kristen Storms was Zenon, Taylor Kitsch was John Carter, Rachel Roberts was S1m0ne and Edward Mulhare was the ghost in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.  We have a bunch of great Oh That Guys, the most iconic probably being Jack O'Halloran as the not very bright Kryptonian villain in Superman. But the winner is both a fabulous babe like our previous winners and the title character in a film better known that the other title roles, Robin Wright in her breakthrough role as Buttercup in The Princess Bride.

2. Spot the Canadians. I've already mentioned two of our Canucks, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel Roberts, neither possessing a giveaway credit list. The third Canadian is JR Bourne and his credit list has a very typical Canadian feel.


3. Wait... he's alive? As you will see at the end of this post, there were several deaths announced yesterday, including the great Stan Freberg, who did some great voice work but I didn't include as genre. So I'd like to mention someone who is still alive and that fact was a surprise to me. Happy birthday, Shecky Greene. I was also surprised he had a genre credit.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories. 
 
 Predictor: George Sutherland in his 1901 book, Twentieth Century Inventions

Prediction: will naturally attain its first great development in the neighborhoods of large waterfalls such as Niagara. When the manufacturers within a short radius of the source of power in each case have begun to fully reap the benefit due to cheap power, competition will assert itself in many different ways. The values of real property will rise, and population will tend to become congested within the localities served… It is already claimed that with the use of currents of high voltage for carrying the power, and "step-down transformers" converting these into a suitable medium for the driving of machinery, a fairly economical transmission can be ensured along a distance of 100 miles.

Reality: This is similar to one of our predictions from 1893 that the Buffalo area would become a thriving metropolis to rival New York or Chicago because of proximity to electric power produced cheaply. Sutherland makes mention of transformers, but does not realize just how good they would get within a few decades.

 Never to be Forgotten: James Best 1926-2015

James Best, probably best known for his role as Roscoe Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard, has died at the age of 88. He is mentioned here for roles in The Green Hornet, The Twilight Zone, The Killer Shrews and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. He was on three Twilight Zone episodes, which is one fewer than Burgess Meredith and one more than William Shatner. I use pictures from The Killer Shrews because it is a film skewered by MST3K.

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

 Never to be Forgotten: Geoffrey Lewis 1935-2015

Geoffrey Lewis, a hard working character actor who may be best known for roles as Clint Eastwood's sidekick in Any Which Way but Loose and other films, died yesterday at the age of 79. Two things I did not know about him are that he was the father of Juliette Lewis and he was a Scientologist. He is remembered here for roles in Odyssey 5, The X-Files, The Lawnmower Man, Annihilator, Amazing Stories, Night of the Comet, Salem’s Lot, The Amazing Spider-Man [TV], Mork & Mindy, Quark, The Six Million Dollar Man and Ark II.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Geoffrey Lewis, from a fan of his work but not his religion. He is never to be forgotten.

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