"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!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

28 May 2015

Cameron Boyce b. 1999 (Mirrors)
Jacob Kogan b. 1995 (The Tomorrow People, Star Trek [reboot])
Carey Mulligan b. 1985 (Never Let Me Go, Doctor Who)
Megalyn Echikunwoke b. 1983 (The 4400, Supernatural, Buffy, Creature)
Alexa Davalos b. 1982 (The Man in the High Castle, Clash of the Titans, The Mist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Angel)
Monica Keena b. 1979 (Night of the Demons, Freddy vs. Jason, The Devil’s Advocate, Snow White: A Tale of Terror)
Jesse Bradford b. 1979 (Clockstoppers)
Jake Johnson b. 1978 (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed, Flashforward)
Christian Alvart b. 1974 (director, Pandorum)
Kate Ashfield b. 1972 (Shaun of the Dead)
Glenn Quinn b. 1970 died 3 December 2002 (Angel)
Kylie Minogue b. 1968 (Doctor Who, Street Fighter)
Ashley Laurence b. 1966 (Hellraiser, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Alon Aboutboul b. 1965 (The Dark Knight Rises, Fringe)
Christa Miller b. 1964 (The Andromeda Strain [2008], Clone High)
Brandon Cruz b. 1962 (The Incredible Hulk)
Julie T. Wallace b. 1961 (Speed Racer, Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible, The Fifth Element, Time Riders)
Townsend Coleman b. 1954 (The Tick)
Kevin Van Hentenryck b. 1953 (Basket Case)
Sandy Helberg b. 1949 (Mortal Kombat, Spaceballs, Knight Rider, Terror in the Wax Museum)
Patricia Quinn b. 1944 (Doctor Who, The Box of Delights, Shock Treatment, Hawk the Slayer, Hammer House of Horror, Beauty and the Beast [TV], The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Sondra Locke b. 1944 (Amazing Stories, Planet of the Apes [TV], Willard)
Zelda Rubenstein b. 1943 died 27 January 2010 (Southland Tales, Wishcraft, Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights, Little Witches, Timemaster, Tales from the Crypt, Teen Witch, Poltergeist)
Robert Biheller b. 1938 (Fire in the Sky, The Invaders, Batman, Twilight Zone)
Shane Rimmer b. 1932 (Dark Shadows [2012], Alien Autopsy, Mee-Shee: The Water Giant, Batman Begins, The War of the Starfighters, Space Truckers, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, Year of the Comet, Space Police, Morons from Outer Space, Space, The Hunger, Superman II, Warlords of the Deep, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Space: 1999, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Rollerball, UFO, Doctor Who)
Thora Hird b. 1911 died 15 March 2003 (The Quatermass Experiment)
Ian Fleming b. 1908 died 12 August 1964 (author, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

Notes on the birthday list1. The Picture Slot. Today's list doesn't have a lot of big stars, Carey Mulligan is probably the biggest, but they are more than a few I consider iconic. In previous years I used Zelda Rubenstein from Poltergeist and Alexa Davalos from Angel. For 2015, I had to choose between two of my nerdy enthusiasms, either going with Glenn Quinn from the first season of Angel, satisfying my Whedonverse nerdiness, or go with the winner, a picture from the early 1990s cartoon The Tick, which was voiced by Townsend Coleman. In a blending of my nerdy loves, The Tick's creator Ben Edlund later worked for Joss Whedon.

2. A Canadian walks amongst us. Shane Rimmer was born north of the border, but his credit list begins long before the existence of the Canadian genre film and TV industry.

3. Not really nepotism. Sandy Helberg is the father of Simon Helberg. The elder Helberg is not a big star, but it's easy to speculate that his kids could see a career in show business was possible since Dad did it for a living.

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

Movie released
The Day After Tomorrow released 2004

Predictor:  Wilbur Wright to his brother Orville, 1901, quoted in The Experts Speak

Prediction: “Man will not fly for 50 years.”

Reality: A few weeks back, there was a prediction for H.G. Wells that put practical heavier-than-air travel existing around 1950, making him look like a twit. This prediction shows that he was in pretty good company, though there is no chance Wells knew anything about these guys. (Orville's the one with the mustache; if they had their hats off, you'd see Wilbur was the balder of the two.) Instead of 50 years, Wilbur and Orville would have a plane flying (sort of) by the end of 1903 and made important progress towards making flight practical in the years that followed.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

While today's prediction helped make H.G. Wells look less silly, he gets another prediction published tomorrow, so there's a good chance he will make himself look more silly once again. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!



  1. Silly...or repugnant?

    OT but of interest: Shout Factory has movies streaming now: http://www.shoutfactorytv.com
    In addition to Secret Agent and Fireball XL-5, there are many MST3K classics, for free....

  2. I don't think many could have predicted the speed of new inventions & technology that made so much possible that was seen as IMpossible only a few years earlier. It seems to me that the speed of new technology has rushed on, ever faster and faster, as the century progressed. I think of my grandparents who were born in the horse and buggy era who lived to see a man on the moon.

  3. "Blink" is not iconic? (Yes, I'm working the ref for Carey Mulligan next year, and, no, I don't believe that should take too much convincing.)


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