Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6 May 2015
Dominic Scott Kay b. 1996 (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. They Call Him Sasquatch, Power Rangers Wild Force, Minority Report)
Naomi Scott b. 1993 (The Martian, Terra Nova)
Freddie Boath b. 1991 (The Mummy Returns)
Mark Daugherty b. 1989 (The Amazing Spider-Man, No Ordinary Family)
Tyler Hynes b. 1986 (Warehouse 13, Immortals, Tales from the Neverending Story)
Adrianne Palicki b. 1983 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, GI. Joe: Retaliation, Wonder Woman, Supernatural, The Robinsons: Lost in Space, Smallville)
Gabourney Sidibe b. 1983 (American Horror Story)
Will Blagrove b. 1981 (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Powers, Divergent)
Kyle Cassie b. 1976 (Fringe, Andromeda, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Jake 2.0, Stargate SG-1, Nightman)
Kavan Smith b. 1970 (Supernatural, Almost Human, Eureka, Red: Werewolf Hunter, Stargate [TV], The 4400, Battlestar Galactica, Blade: The Series, The Time Tunnel , Jeremiah, Smallville, Mission to Mars, Escape from Mars, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Buffy)
Venesa Talor b. 1970 (Demonicus, Femalien 1 and 2)
Robert Floyd b. 1967 (Dark Angel, Sliders, Godzilla )
Baxter Churchville b. 1966 (director, Champions of the Deep)
Leslie Hope b. 1965 (The Strain, Revolution, RoboCop: Prime Directives, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Early Edition, SeaQuest 2032)
Lars Mikkelsen b. 1964 (Danny’s Doomsday, The Island of Lost Souls)
Dana Hill b. 1964 died 15 July 1996 (Faerie Tale Theatre, Mork & Mindy)
George Clooney b. 1961 (Tomorrowland, Gravity, Spy Kids, Batman & Robin, From Dusk Till Dawn, Return to Horror High)
Carlos Lauchu b. 1961 (The Silencers , Stargate)
Anne Parillaud b. 1960 (Innocent Blood)
Roma Downey b. 1960 (Hercules and the Amazon Women)
Michael O’Hare b. 1952 died 28 September 2012 (Babylon 5, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, C.H.U.D.)
Gregg Henry b. 1952 (Guardians of the Galaxy, Dollhouse, Slither , Star Trek: Enterprise, Firefly, Star Trek: Insurrection, M.A.N.T.I.S., Werewolf [TV])
Paul Linke b. 1948 (K-PAX, Smart House, Lois & Clark, Quantum Leap, The Flash , Space Rage)
Alan Dale b. 1947 (Dominion, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast [TV movie], Lost, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Star Trek: Nemesis, The X-Files, The Lost World [TV], Space: Above and Beyond, Time Trax)
Richard Eyer b. 1945 (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Invisible Boy, Invasion U.S.A.)
Hilary Heath b. 1945 (Space: 1999, Cry of the Banshee, Witchfinder General, The Prisoner)
Joanna Dunham b. 1936 died 25 November 2014 (Space: 1999, The House That Dripped Blood, H. G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
Jack Sharkey b. 1931 died 28 September 1992 (author, Ultimatum in 2050 A.D.)
Gordon C. Davies b. 1923 died 1994 (artist)
Orson Welles b, 1915 died 10 October 1985 (writer/actor, Necromancy, War of the Worlds [radio])
Stewart Granger b. 1913 died 16 August 1993 (The Wizard, Hell Hunters)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to the late Michael O'Hare from Babylon 5 and the artwork of Gordon C. Davies, who painted a lot of sci-fi book covers with spaceships back in the day. While I considered Adrianne Palicki in the Wonder Woman costume, it's hard to call it iconic since the show never aired. Instead, it's the one A-List star among today's birthday boys and girls, George Clooney from Gravity. Using a still from his Batman movie would have just been cruel.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are four today, Leslie Hope, Kavan Smith (not a typo), Kyle Cassie and Tyler Hines.
3. Nepotism... not so much. George Clooney is the nephew of Rosemary Clooney. He says she told him things about the ins and outs of show biz, but I don't how many doors the kinship opened for him.
4. Wait... I know they are dead. Dana Hill died very young and Michael O'Hare died at a relatively young age, but in their cases, my once reliable brain is still reliable and I remember they are gone.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Thor released, 2011
In the 21st Century, early May is all about the Marvel Studios releases.
Prediction: To a very large extent the automobile will be rather a feeder to the railway than a rival to it; and all sorts of by-roads and country lanes will be improved and adapted so as to admit of residents running into their stations by their own motor-cars and then completing their journeys by rail. But when this point has been reached, and when fairly smooth tracks adapted for automobile and cycling traffic have been laid down all over the country, a very interesting question will crop up having reference to the practicability of converting these tracks into highways combining the capabilities both of roads and of railways.
Reality: Certainly not full credit on this one. The auto is a feeder to railways, but it is also most certainly a rival or more to the point, a rival who won the day.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!