"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, May 17, 2015

17 May 2015

Leven Ramblin b. 1990 (The Tomorrow People, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Hunger Games, The Wizards of Waverly Place, The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Nikki Reed b. 1988 (Twilight)
Karrueche Tran b. 1988 (3 Headed Shark Attack, The Fright Night Files)
Erin Richards b. 1986 (Gotham, The Quiet Ones, Merlin, Being Human)
Tahj Mowry b. 1986 (Star Trek: Voyager)
Amy Gumenick b. 1986 (Arrow, Grimm, No Ordinary Family, Supernatural)
Derek Hough b. 1985 (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Matthew McGrory b. 1973 died 9 August 2005 (The Devil’s Rejects, Constantine, Planet of the Pitts, Charmed, Big Fish, Men in Black II)
Richard Leacock b. 1968 (Starfall, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Ultra, Stargate SG-1, Lake Placid, The X-Files, Highlander, M.A.N.T.I.S.)
Hill Harper b. 1966 (Limitless [2015], Parts Per Billon, Stonehenge Apocalypse, The 4400, Steel, M.A.N.T.I.S.)
Paige Turco b. 1965 (The 100, American Gothic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and III)
David Eigenberg b. 1964 (Robosapien: Rebooted, The 4400, The Mothman Prophecies)
Dawn Dunlap b. 1963 (Barbarian Queen, Forbidden World)
Bruce Thomas b. 1961 (Kyle XY, Star Trek: Enterprise, Army of Darkness)
Paul Whitehouse b. 1958 (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Whip Hubley b. 1957 (Charmed, Black Scorpion II: Aftershock, Species, Babylon 5, Coneheads)
Bill Paxton b. 1955 (Edge of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Colony, Spy Kids, Mighty Joe Young, Apollo 13, Predator 2, Near Dark, Aliens, Weird Science, The Terminator)
Peter Hinwood b. 1946 (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Al White b. 1942 (Leprechaun 2, Tales from the Crypt, Back to the Future II, The Greatest American Hero, The Munsters’ Revenge, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman)
Grace Zabriskie b. 1941 (The Grudge, Charmed, They Crawl, Armageddon, Galaxy of Terror)
Peter Gerety b. 1940 (War of the Worlds, K-PAX, Wolf)
Dennis Hopper b. 1936 died 29 May 2010 (Land of the Dead, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, Jason and the Argonauts [TV], Space Truckers, Waterworld, My Science Project, The Time Tunnel, Twilight Zone)
Ralph Wright b. 1908 died 31 December 1983 (writer, Maleficent, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Peter Pan)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. A shorter list than usual today and none of our usual extra comment events apply. We have no Canadians, no nepotism, no movies from MST3K, no one whose death hasn't registered in my unreliable brain. (Matthew McGrory was very tall at 7'6" and died young as the very tall sometimes do, but when I see his name I know he's gone.) Earlier Picture Slot winners were the lovely Nikki Reed from Twilight and the hunky Peter Hinwood from Rocky Horror. Not wanting to repeat earlier winners, the choice came down to the two best known names, Bill Paxton and Dennis Hopper, and I chose a picture of Hopper from Waterworld. I am of the opinion that Waterworld, which had its problems in production, is actually watchable and is unfairly lumped in with the famous messes like Heaven's Gate and Ishtar. Then again, I didn't hate John Carter, so these opinions may have something to do with the aforementioned unreliable brain.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictors: Michael Mann, Michael Kozar and Sonya Miller

Prediction: The number of named storms in this year's Atlantic hurricane season (1 June to 1 December) will be be 7.5 +/- 2.7, which is to say 5 to 10 with 8 the most likely.

Reality: In 2013 and 2014, Mann, Kozar and Miller got the correct number within their margin of error. Last year, their best guess was 9 and the actual number was 8. in 2013, they guessed 16 when there were 14 named storms. Their predictions over the past decade have been fairly accurate, except in 2012 when they predicted 11 named storms and there were actually 19.  The blog will check back in early December to see how the prediction panned out.

 Looking one day ahead...  INTO THE FUTURE!

Another Monday rolls around and we once again will look at a predictions from 1982's OMNI Future Almanac.

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  1. well, you are in my company with your feelings about Waterworld and John Carter.

    Make of that what you will...

    (the worst thing about Waterworld was Costner, IMHZO)

    1. You are right about Costner. I buy him as a mediocre pro athlete, but other than that he's hit and miss, mostly miss.

  2. Funnily enough, Waterworld has two nicknames based on those other big-budget flops: "Kevin's Gate" and "Fishtar." And while it's no Gattaca,, I enjoyed Waterworld, partly because the Hopper-led villains were such hoots.

    Also, according to his Wikipedia entry, Richard Leacock passed away on 23 March 2011.

    1. The dead Richard Leacock is a documentarian born in 1921 and has no genre credits. Leacock the actor born in 1968 is still with us, as well he should be.

      Thanks for checking.

    2. Two other movies whose productions were considered messes in their respective days: Casablanca and O Brother Where Art Thou.

      I believe they turned out okay.

  3. One more movie for the list. Bill Paxton was one of the punks killed by "The Terminator" at the beginning of the movie. Someone pointed out only he and Lance Henriksen were killed by a Terminator, an Alien and a Predator in the movies.

    1. Whoops! That's a big miss on my part. It's been added and thanks.


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