Friday, June 12, 2015
12 June 2015
Cody Horn b. 1988 (Demonic)
Abbey Lee b. 1987 (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Luke Youngblood b. 1986 (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Dave Franco b. 1985 (Other Space, Warm Bodies, Fright Night)
Jeremy Howard b. 1981 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Haunted Mansion, Buffy, Men in Black II, Galaxy Quest)
Kenzo Lee b. 1980 (Extant, Monarch of the Moon)
Richard Ayoade b. 1977 (The IT Crowd, The Watch, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace)
Jason Mewes b. 1974 (Zombie Hamlet, Netherbeast Incorporated, Dogma)
Rick Hoffman b. 1970 (Knight Rider , Battleship, The Day After Tomorrow, What Planet Are You From?)
Gordon Michael Woolvert b. 1970 (Supernatural, Andromeda, Sliders, Mysterious Island, Forever Knight, Maniac Mansion, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future)
Sarah Trigger b. 1968 (Pet Sematary II, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey)
Frances O’Connor b. 1967 (Once Upon a Time, Timeline, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bedazzled )
Cathy Tyson b. 1965 (The Serpent and the Rainbow)
Paula Marshall b. 1964 (Haunted Hathaways, W.E.I.R.D. World, Warlock: The Armageddon, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Superboy, The Flash )
Patrice Martinez b. 1963 (Beetlejuice)
Tim DeKay b. 1963 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Monster Ark, The 4400, Carnivale, Invasion, SeaQuest 2032)
Eamonn Walker b. 1962 (Unbreakable)
Paul Schulze b. 1962 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Roswell)
Scott Thompson b. 1959 (Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds, Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, Star Trek: Voyager, Millennium)
Jenilee Harrison b. 1958 (They Came from Outer Space)
Timothy Busfield b. 1957 (Sleepy Hollow, Revolution, Terminal Error, Lois and Clark)
Ella Joyce b, 1954 (Bubba Ho-Tep, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Gary Farmer b. 1953 (Mutant X, Forever Knight, Route 666, The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon)
Roger Aaron Brown b. 1949 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Supernatural, Dark Skies, Galaxis, RoboCop 2, Alien Nation, Hard Time on Planet Earth, Near Dark, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Incredible Hulk)
Len Wein b. 1948 (writer, Swamp Thing)
Jim Nabors b. 1930 (Knight Rider, The Lost Saucer, The Addams Family Fun House)
Alberto De Martino b. 1929 died 2 June 2015 (writer, Holocaust 2000, Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors)
Henry Slesar b. 1927 died 2 April 2002 (author, 20 Million Miles to Earth)
Jim Siedow b. 1920 died 20 November 2003 (Amazing Stories)
Uta Hagen b. 1919 died 14 January 2004 (The Twilight Zone , The Boys from Brazil)
Irwin Allen b. 1916 died 2 November 1991 (producer/writer/director, Aliens from Another Planet, The Swarm, City Beneath the Sea, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Lost World)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. The list today has a lot of well-known actors, just not well-known for genre. In 2013, before I learned a good research method, I had no birthdays on 12 June and the Picture Slot when to an exact day prediction about Irwin Allen's Land of the Giants. In 2014, I decided to use Irwin Allen's picture. This year, I decided to go with Abby Lee from Mad Max: Fury Road. I don't think she's iconic, but in my defense, she IS fabulous and her name is at the top of the popularity list on imbd.com among all the birthday folk.
2. Spot the Canadians! There are three today. Gary Farmer is a First Nations actor born north of the border, Scott Thompson got his first fame on the Canadian show Kids in the Hall and Gordon Michael Woolvert has a very Canadian looking resume, as well he should.
3. Nepotism more or less. Dave Franco is James Franco's less known brother.
4. A Missed Never to be Forgotten. I did not see the obit for writer Alberto De Martino earlier this month, but he wrote in genre and deserved a mention. My bad.
5. The Guy at the Door. Had Mr. Martino survived, he would have been the Guy at the Door. As it is, the oldest person on our list is Jim Nabors, now 85. As always, special birthday wishes to The Guy at the Door.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Jim Nabors, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
This is the End released, 2013
Prediction: The Russia of to-day is indeed very little more than a vast breeding-ground for an illiterate peasantry, and the forecasts of its future greatness entirely ignore that dwindling significance of mere numbers in warfare which is the clear and necessary consequence of mechanical advance.
Reality: Ah, another bracing look into the mind of Herbert George Wells, British bigot! He was absolutely convinced warfare would be all about cool gadgets in the 20th Century, and he certainly gets at least partial credit there, but as we have seen time and again, war is about breaking a country's will to fight. The Soviet Union in WW II had "mere numbers" and approximately 20 million of them died in that war and they did not surrender. Even the Germans didn't have an answer for that.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Another prediction from Utopia 1976, probably loaded with optimism and short on accuracy.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!