"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!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

13 June 2015

Birthdays
Kodi Smit-McPhee b. 1996 (X-Men: Apocalypse, Let Me In, The Road, Nightmares & Dreamscapes)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson b. 1990 (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla, Kick-Ass, The Illusionist)
Josh Brodis b. 1990 (Teen Wolf [TV])
Irina Gorovaia b. 1989 (The Butterfly Effect)
Kat Dennings b. 1986 (Suburban Gothic, Thor)
Mary-Kate Olsen b. 1986 (Beastly)
Phillip Van Dyke b. 1984 (Halloweentown I & II, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1997, The Fantastic Four [1994])
Ian Alda b. 1984 (Touch, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Chris Evans b. 1981 (Snowpiercer, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Eastwick)
Ethan Embry b. 1978 (Once Upon a Time, The Witches of Oz, Timeline, FreakyLinks, Evolver)
Lisa Vidal b. 1965 (Grimm, American Horror Story, The Event, Star Trek [2009])
Kathy Burke b. 1964 (Doctor Who)
Ally Sheedy b. 1962 (Kyle XY, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Strange Frequency, Short Circuit, WarGames)
Tim Allen b. 1953 (Zoom, Galaxy Quest)
Richard Thomas b. 1951 (Nightmares & Dreamscapes, The Invaders [1995 TV], It, Battle Beyond the Stars)
Stellan SkarsgÄrd b. 1951 (Cinderella, Thor, The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Exorcist: The Beginning, King Arthur [2004], Deep Blue Sea)
Belinda Bauer b. 1950 (Necronomicon: Book of Dead, RoboCop 2, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire)
Ann Druyan b. 1949 (writer, Contact)
Simon Callow b. 1949 (Outlander [TV], Doctor Who, Chemical Wedding)
Joe Roth b. 1948 (producer, Maleficent, Oz the Great and Powerful, Snow White and the Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland [2010], Tall Tale)
Whitley Strieber b. 1945 (author, Hunger, The Wolfen, War Day, Communion)
Peter Benson b. 1943 (Merlin [1998 TV], Doctor Who, Hawk the Slayer, Cry of the Banshee)
Malcolm McDowell b. 1943 (The Black Hole [2015], Zombex, Vamps, The Philadephia Experiment [TV], Antiviral, The Book of Eli, Halloween I & II [21st Century], Suck, Heroes, Doomsday, Firestarter II; Rekindled, Island of the Dead, Star Trek: Generations, Lexx, 2103: The Deadly Wake, Tank Girl, Class of 1999, Moon 44, Cat People, Time After Time, A Clockwork Orange)
Sam Groom b. 1938 (Otherworld, The Incredible Hulk, Salvage 1, The Bionic Woman, Time Travelers, The Time Tunnel)
Ralph McQuarrie b. 1929 died 3 March 2012 (production designer, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, E.T., Cocoon)
Paul Lynde b. 1926 died 10 January 1982 (Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, Son of Flubber)
Rex Everhart b. 1920 died 13 March 2000 (Friday the 13th 1 & 2, Superman [1978], ‘Way Out)
Ben Johnson b. 1918 died 8 April 1996 (Cherry 2000, The Swarm, Mighty Joe Young)
Mary Wickes b. 1910 died 22 October 1995 (Tabitha, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters)
Larry Keating b. 1896 died 26 August 1963 (The Incredible Mr. Limpet, When Worlds Collide)
Basil Rathbone b. 1892 died 21 July 1967 (Queen of Blood, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, The Magic Sword)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Some days are feast and others famine. This one has many choices. Earlier Picture Slotters were Malcolm McDowell and Kat Dennings, and the even with them removed, there are a lot of good choices. Two of my favorite actors on the list, Basil Rathbone and Simon Callow, are not that iconic in genre to my mind. Tim Allen, not a favorite actor of mine, is iconic (and very good) in Galaxy Quest. Others I considered were Paul Lynde from Bewitched and Ally Sheedy from WarGames, but I decided to go with the guy who is the biggest movie star currently, Chris Evans as Captain America.

2. Nepotism FTW. Ian Alda is Robert Alda's grandson and Alan Alda's nephew.

3. Living Canadian Free! I did not find anyone born north of the border today. Go figure.

4. The Guy at the Door. Sam Groom, mainly a TV actor, turns 77 today, and he is the oldest living person on the list and everyone younger than him is alive. As always when this demographic fluke happens, the blog sends out special birthday wishes.

5. MST3K. There may be more than one, but the one I know for sure is The Magic Sword with Basil Rathbone.


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

Movies released
The Incredible Hulk released,  2008
How to Train Your Dragon 2 released, 2014

Predictor: Morris L. Ernst in Utopia 1976, published in 1955

Prediction: Increasingly, man is less interested in the fires of hell than in an electric stove in his home, and the music of the angels in heaven does not sound as clear as a Toscanini-led orchestra.

Reality: Ernst had an insular life among the snooty in New York City. Taken literally, households with electric stoves likely do not outnumber Christian households because a gas stove is a perfectly good option and Jesus has more fans than Toscanini. Taken figuratively, interest in cool gadgets is more widespread than interest in religion.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Speaking of cool gadgets, Robert A. Heinlein will likely have some cool gadget planned for the late 20th Century in his 1957 book The Door Into Summer.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

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