Sunday, May 10, 2015
10 May 2015
Halston Sage b. 1993 (Scouts vs. Zombies)
Erika Fong b. 1986 (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Power Rangers Samurai)
Odette Annable b. 1985 (Astronaut Wives Club, The Unborn, Cloverfield, Transformers)
Kenan Thompson b. 1978 (Stan Helsing, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Andrea Anders b. 1975 (The Stepford Wives )
Cary Guffey b. 1972 (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Emma Ridley b. 1972 (Return to Oz)
Leslie Stefanson b. 1971 (Alien Hunter, Unbreakable, Flubber )
Dallas Roberts b. 1970 (The Walking Dead, Shadow People)
Gina Philips b. 1970 (Jeepers Creepers, Seven Days, Sliders, Dark Skies, Deep Space Nine)
John Scalzi b. 1969 (won 2013 Hugo for Redshirts)
Eric Palladino b. 1968 (666 Park Avenue, Fringe, Reaper, Strange Frequency)
Jason Brooks b. 1966 (Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, Asteroid vs Earth, Revolution, Torchwood, Super 8, No Ordinary Family, Star Trek , Charmed, Flying Virus)
Tracy Tweed b. 1965 (Johnny Mnemonic, Harry and the Hendersons [TV])
Victoria Rowell b. 1959 (The Fright Night Files, Leonard Part 6)
Paige O'Hara b. 1956 (Enchanted, Beauty and the Beast [1991 voice work])
Meg Foster b. 1948 (The Originals, Xena, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Sliders, Space Marines, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Oblivion, Quantum Leap, Leviathan, The Twilight Zone, Masters of the Universe, They Live, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Sixth Sense [TV])
David Clennon b. 1943 (Ghost Phone: Phone Calls from the Dead, Star Trek: Voyager, From the Earth to the Moon, Beauty and the Beast, The Right Stuff, The Thing )
Jonathan Hales b. 1937 (screenwriter, Star Wars , Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Scorpion King)
Gary Owens b. 1934 died 12 February 2015 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Batman, The Green Hornet, The Munsters)
George Coe b. 1929 (Supernatural, Smallville, The Lone Gunmen, The Omega Code, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Max Headroom, The Entity, The Stepford Wives)
Margaret Field b. 1922 died 6 November 2011 (Twilight Zone, The Man from Planet X)
Margo b. 1917 died 17 July 1985 (Lost Horizon)
Charles McGraw b. 1914 died 30 July 1980 (Twilight’s Last Gleaming, A Boy and his Dog, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Fred Astaire b. 1899 died 22 June 1987 (Ghost Story, Battlestar Galactica, On the Beach)
Thurston Hall b. 1882 died 20 February 1958 (Topper)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to screenwriter Jonathan Hales and actress Meg Foster. This year, I want to recommend the writer John Scalzi, who not only wrote the Hugo winning Redshirts, but a good series of space opera books, including Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony. I follow Scalzi on Twitter and he has thrown himself headlong into the GamerGate controversy and this year's attempted takeover of the Hugo awards. For my money, I see way too many topics in today's world that instead of being discussed are more like two factions screaming across a canyon. That said, if forced to choose one side of the canyon, I'm almost always on Scalzi's side.
2. One Canadian, hard to spot, with trace levels of nepotism. Tracy Tweed doesn't have enough credits to be easily spotted as Canadian. Tracy Tweed is the sister of Shannon Tweed, and both women got their starts in their careers due to the fact they look good naked. Shannon's connection likely helped Tracy, but the looking good naked part probably helped a lot more.
3. Never to be Forgotten, if a little late: Gary Owens 1934-2015. When Gary Owens died, I think I took a quick look at his credit list and decided not to include him, due to my decision to be selective about voice work, which saves me a lot of typing each morning. But Owens actually got enough work in front of the camera in genre TV shows that he deserves a mention. He had a great voice and excellent comic timing.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Gary Owens, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in his 1956 book The Door Into Summer
Prediction: I had two five-dollar pieces, mint new, the pretty green plastic hexagonals issued just last year.
Reality: Oh hell to the no. People, especially Americans, are fussy about having their money messed with. There wasn't that much fuss when I was a kid about getting rid of silver in the dimes, quarters and half dollars, and the changes in the bills we've seen in the last decade haven't caused riots, but going from dollar bills to dollar coins has been largely rejected by the public and to switch from metal to plastic would make the inflation conspiracy theorists absolutely crazy.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
A break in the regular schedule for a movie prediction that warns of robot teachers. That would sure mess the unions up, wouldn't it?
Join us then. IN THE FUTURE!