"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!

Monday, May 25, 2015

25 May 2015

Markiss McFadden b. 1986 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Esme Bianco b. 1982 (Game of Thrones, Chemical Wedding)
Brandy Kopp b. 1982 (Goblin, Smallville, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis, The 4400, The Butterfly Effect, Strange Frequency)
Kick Gurry b. 1978 (Jupiter Ascending, Edge of Tomorrow, Cybergeddon, Speed Racer)
Cillian Murphy b. 1976 (Transcendence, Batman, In Time, TRON: Legacy, Inception, 28 Days Later...)
Ethan Suplee b. 1976 (Rise of the Zombies, No Ordinary Family, The Butterfly Effect, Evolution, Tales from the Crypt)
Erinn Hayes b. 1976 (The Watch)
Eli Craig b. 1972 (director, Zombieland [TV], Tucker & Dale vs. Evil)
Olivia Spencer b. 1970 (Insurgent, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Halloween II, Dollhouse, Big Bang Theory, Wizards of Waverly Place, Spider-Man, The Chronicle, What Planet Are You From?, Being John Malkovich, The X-Files)
Neil Marshall b. 1970 (director, Game of Thrones, Constantine, Doomsday, The Descent)
Michael Benyaer b. 1970 (The Flash [2014], The Polterguys, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen, Bionic Woman [2007], Eureka, Smallville, Dark Angel, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)
Jamie Kennedy b. 1970 (Bermuda Tentacles, Eureka, Reaper, Son of the Mask, Strange Frequency, Perversions of Science, V. R. Troopers)
Anne Heche b. 1969 (Toxic Skies, Volcano)
Matthew Borlenghi b. 1967 (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Cannibal Hookers)
Poppy Z. Brite b. 1967 (writer, The Crow, Lost Souls)
Andrew Fiscella b. 1966 (A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010], Quarantine)
Ray Stevenson b. 1964 (Insurgent, Divergent, Thor, The Book of Eli, Punisher: War Zone, G.I. Joe: Retaliation)
Connie Sellecca b. 1955 (Doomsday Rock, The Greatest American Hero, Beyond Westworld, Captain America II: Death Too Soon)
Bob Gale b. 1951 (writer, Back to the Future, Bordello of Blood, Tales from the Crypt, Kolchak: The Night Stalker)
Joe Unger b. 1949 (Carnivale, Night of the Scarecrow, Twilight Zone [1987], UFOria, A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Barry Windsor-Smith b. 1949 (artist, Dr. Strange, Conan the Barbarian)
Karen Valentine b.1947 (Twilight Zone [1989], America 2100, It’s About Time)
Hersha Parady b. 1945 (Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star)
Frank Oz b. 1944 (actor, Star Wars, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Muppets from Space, Labyrinth; director, The Dark Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Stepford Wives [2004])
Sir Ian McKellen b. 1939 (Beauty and the Beast, The Hobbit, X-Men, Lord of the Rings, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Doctor Who, The Prisoner (reboot), The Golden Compass, Stardust, Neverwas, The Shadow, Last Action Hero, The Keep)
Dixie Carter b. 1939 died 10 April 2010 (The Greatest American Hero)
David Burke b. 1934 (Space Precinct, The Champions)Sarah Marshall b. 1933 died 18 January 2014 (Twilight Zone, Star Trek)
Roger Bowen b. 1932 died 16 February 1996 (Zapped!)
Ann Robinson b. 1929 (War of the Worlds [2005], War of the Worlds (TV), Rocky Jones: Space Ranger, The War of the Worlds [1953])
Claude Akins b. 1926 died 27 January 1994 (Eerie, Indiana, Monster in the Closet, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo, Tentacles, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Twilight Zone, Adventures of Superman)
Syd Heylen b. 1922 died 4 December 1996 (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior)
Henry Calvin b. 1918 died 6 October 1975 (Babes in Toyland)
Miles Malleson b. 1888 died 15 March 1969 (First Men in the Moon, The Brides of Dracula, Horror of Dracula, A Christmas Carol [1951], The Man in the White Suit, The Thief of Bagdad)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Sir Ian McKellan and the fabulous Esme Bianco. Not wanting to repeat myself, my top choices were the artist Barry Windsor-Smith, the actor Cillian Murphy and the winner, Frank Oz, the great puppeteer who makes us believe Yoda isn't just a goofy rubber mask with a guy's hand stuck in it. Besides being Mr. Oz's birthday, you'll see a movie was released 32 years ago that also makes this a very fitting choice.

2. Spot the Canadians! There are two Canadians on the list today. The only clue I will give is that both are under 50 years old. Knock yourself out.

3. Wait... they were in genre? The actors whose names I clicked on today without knowing they had genre roles were Roger Bowen from the movie version of MASH, Dixie Carter from Designing Women and Karen Valentine from Room 222.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Movies released
MIB 3 released, 2012
Back to the Future: Part III released, 1990
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi released, 1983
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope released, 1977
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: Before the close of the century, baseballs will be dyed orange or yellow to increase visibility. Aluminum bats will be allowed in major league baseball.

Reality: It's hard to strike out on just two swings at two pitches, but these predictions did just that. Charlie O. Finley was big on changing the color of the ball, but he never got any other owners to agree. As for aluminum bats, the speed of a solid line drive hit off of one of these bats can be lethal to infielders, especially for first basemen, third basemen and pitchers. The aluminum bat is being phased out of college ball for just this reason.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another pessimistic guess from John Langdon-Davies in 1936.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Under 50 suggests we should pay special attention to Andrew Fiscella, but I'm still going to go with Brandy Kopp and Michael Benayer, if only because I would juggle languages and translate the latter's last name as "son of yesterday (or, if in a really whimsical mood, yesteryear)."

    1. I wrote "under 50" because "after 1970" was not technically correct, but I wanted to use round numbers. Kopp and Benayer are correct.


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