Saturday, May 23, 2015
23 May 2015
Devin Douglas Drewitz b. 1989 (Smallville, X-Men 2, Taken, Jeremiah, Dark Angel)
D.J. Cotrona b. 1980 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], G.I. Joe: Retaliation)
Lane Garrison b. 1980 (From Dusk Till Dawn, The Event)
Kelly Monaco b. 1976 (Idle Hands)
Sebastina Cordero b. 1972 (director, Europa Report)
John Ortiz b. 1968 (Aliens vs. Predator:Requiem)
H. Jon Benjamin b. 1966 (The Venture Bros, Lucy: Daughter of the Devil)
Melissa McBride b. 1965 (The Walking Dead, The Mist, American Gothic, Mutant Species)
Karen Duffy b. 1961 (Last Action Hero)
Linden Ashby b. 1960 (Teen Wolf [TV], Iron Man 3, Anacondas: Trail of Blood, Resident Evil: Extinction, Mortal Kombat, Werewolf [TV])
Drew Carey b. 1958 (Lois & Clark, Coneheads)
Mark Arnold b. 1957 (Chronicles of Syntax, Alien Encounter, Teen Wolf)
Patricia and Cyb Barnstable b. 1951 (Quark)
O-Lan Jones b. 1950 (Mars Attacks!, The X Files, Edward Scissorhands, Martians Go Home, The Right Stuff)
Andrew Burt b. 1945 (Super Gran, Doctor Who, Gulliver in Lilliput, Blakes 7)
Joan Collins b. 1933 (Star Trek, Faerie Tale Theatre, Future Cop, The Fantastic Journey, Space: 1999, Batman)
Barbara Barrie b. 1931 (Dead Like Me, Tucker’s Witch, The Invaders, Twilight Zone)
Laura Devon b. 1931 died 19 July 2007 (The Invaders, Twilight Zone)
Ted Jordan b. 1924 died 30 March 2005 (Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Bill McCutcheon b. 1924 died 9 January 2002 (Mr. Destiny, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Johnny Jupiter)
James Blish b. 1921 died 29 July 1975 (won 1959 Hugo for A Case Of Conscience)
Betty Garrett b. 1919 died 12 February 2011 (Trail of the Screaming Forehead, Mr. Merlin)
Scatman Crothers b. 1910 died 22 November 1986 (Twilight Zone: The Movie, Deadly Eyes, Zapped!, The Shining, The Incredible Hulk, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Bewitched)
Herbert Marshall b. 1890 died 22 January 1966 (The Fly, Gog)
Douglas Fairbanks b. 1883 died 12 December 1939 (The Thief of Bagdad)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot was given to Joan Collins from Star Trek and James Blish. This year, the Picture Slot moves into the 21st Century with Melissa McBride in her best known role as Carol from The Walking Dead.
2. A Canadian to Spot. There is just one Canadian on the list today. It is left as an exercise for the reader to spot this individual.
3. The Gal at the Door. The cutoff year for today is 1931. Laura Devon was born that year and is already gone as is everyone older. Barbara Barrie was also born 84 years ago today and is still with us, and the same can be said for everyone born after 1931. As always when we have this demographic split, special birthday wishes to Ms. Barrie.
4. MST3K. Comic actor Bill McCutcheon was in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and his career survived it.
5. Wait... he (or she) made genre? Sometimes when researching, I click on an actor's imdb.com homepage because I recognize the name, not because I know some specific role in sci-fi or fantasy. The actors who surprised me with qualifying roles today are Herbert Marshall, Betty Garrett, Drew Carey and Kelly Monaco.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Barbara Barrie, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
X-Men: Days of Future Past released, 2014
Prediction: In 1929, the purchase of pets was $25 million and stayed steady through the next decade. By 1952, it had climbed to $60 million. By 1976, this substitute outlet for affection, domination or company is likely to diminish as loneliness declines.
Reality: Let me give Mr. Ernst a little credit. He did a lot of research in 1955 that wasn't easy before the Internet and Google.
And now let me hit him with the Big Ugly Stick. According to the Humane Society, pet ownership has grown steadily and outpaced the growth in the population. He has his strong opinions on what constitutes Good Things and Bad Things and has put pets in the Bad Things category. I don't own a pet and haven't for several decades, but I would never disparage someone for having a pet. (Too many pets is a different situation.)
He got this one wrong and insulting many readers in the process. If I gave negative points, I would give it for this clumsy and condescending attempt.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another guess about the future of technology from Robert A. Heinlein's The Door Into Summer.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!