Thursday, May 7, 2015
7 May 2015
Destiny Whitlock b. 2001 (Tooth Fairy)
Maxwell Perry Cotton b. 2000 (Elysium, Radio Free Ablemuth)
Alexander Ludwig b. 1992 (The Hunger Games, Race to Witch Mountain, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising)
Roxane Hayward b. 1991 (Dominion)
Brandon Jones b. 1988 (Supernatural)
Robbie Jarvis b. 1986 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Genie in the House)
Val Tasso b. 1977 (Wolf People, Charmed)
Arnold Chun b. 1976 (The Man in the High Castle, The Big Bang Theory, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Carrie Henn b. 1976 (Aliens)
Breckin Meyer b. 1974 (Heroes, Escape from L.A., The Craft, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare)
Ivan Sergei b. 1971 (Vamps, Warehouse 13, Charmed, 10.5, Kindred: The Embraced, Bionic Ever After)
Tracy Lords b. 1968 (Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, D.R.E.A.M. Team, Blade, Virtuosity, Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II, Highlander [TV], The Tommyknockers, Super Force, Not of This Earth)
Patrick Read Johnson b. 1962 (director, When Good Ghouls Go Bad, Spaced Invaders)
David Franklin b. 1962 (Farscape, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Matrix Reloaded, Time Trax)
Ned Bellamy b. 1957 (Resurrection, Under the Dome, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Twilight, Being John Malkovich, Starman [TV], Twilight Zone , The Greatest American Hero)
John Fleck b. 1951 (True Blood, The World, Star Trek: Enterprise, Carnivale, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Modern Vampires, Millennium, Waterworld, Lois & Clark, Babylon 5: The Gathering, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mutant on the Bounty, Max Headroom, Howard the Duck, Hard Rock Zombies)
Randall “Tex” Cobb b. 1950 (The X-Files, Highlander [TV])
Marilyn Burns b. 1949 died 4 August 2014 (Eaten Alive, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Lee de Broux b. 1941 (The Day the World Ended, Mars, The X-Files, Quantum Leap, Pumpkinhead, RoboCop, Max Headroom, Voyager from the Unknown, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, The Terminal Man)
Roger Perry b. 1933 (Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Thing with Two Heads, The Return of Count Yorga, Count Yorga, Vampire, The Invaders, Star Trek, The Munsters)
Gene Wolfe b. 1931 (won Nebula for The Claw of the Conciliator)
Albert Band b. 1924 died 14 June 2002 (director, Prehysteria!, Robot Wars, Ghoulies II, Dracula’s Dog, Hercules and the Princess of Troy)
Anne Baxter b. 1923 died 12 December 1985 (Batman)
Darren McGavin b. 1922 died 25 February 2006 (The X-Files, Millennium, Captain America, Firebird 2015 AD, The Martian Chronicles, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission Mars)
David Tomlinson b. 1917 died 24 June 2000 (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins)
Ishiro Honda b. 1911 died 28 February 1983 (director, Godzilla , Mecha Godzilla, Ultraman Returns, Godzilla’s Revenge, Yog: Monster from Space, Latitude Zero, Destroy All Monsters, King Kong Escapes, The War of the Gargantuas, Invasion of the Astro Monster, Frankenstein Conquers the World, Ghidorah, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Atrtagon, Matango, Varan, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Gorath, Mothra, Battle in Outer Space, The H-Man, The Mysterians, Rodan, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, Godzilla )
Valentine Dyall b. 1908 died 24 June 1985 (Doctor Who, Blakes 7, The Haunting, Stranger from Space)
Val Newton b. 1904 died 14 March 1951 (producer, Isle of the Dead, Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Carrie Henn, the little girl from Aliens, and the cover from Gene Wolfe's Nebula winner The Claw of the Conciliator. This year, I considered Oh That Guy John Fleck, but instead went with Darren McGavin as Kolchak.
2. Spot the Canadian! Only one today and hard to spot: Alexander Ludwig.
3. Living MST3K free. Ishiro Honda directed a passel of Japanese giant monster movies, but none of them got the MST3K treatment, oddly enough. I couldn't find any other movies from any of our other credit lists either.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Iron Man 2 released, 2010
Prediction: Though import car sales could hit 425,000 in 1959, they may never go that high again.
Reality: It's hard for non-geezers to remember how strong a grip American car manufacturers had on the domestic market back in the day. The authors of The Experts Speak thought this was funny enough to mock back in 1984, which is now 31 years ago. Suffice it to say, this prediction scores no points.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Fridays belong to H.G. Wells and his 1902 book Anticipations.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!