"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!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

8 July 2015

Jaden Smith b. 1998 (After Earth, The Day the Earth Stood Still)
Jamie Blackley b. 1991 (Snow White and the Huntsman, Myths)
Liz Katz b. 1988 (The Guild, The Crow: Wicked Prayer)
Jake McDorman b. 1986 (Aquamarine)
Alexis Dziena b. 1984 (Invasion, Witchblade)
Sophia Bush b. 1982 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Joshua Alba b. 1982 (The Dead Undead, Dark Angel)
Milo Ventimiglia b. 1977 (The Whispers, Gotham, Heroes, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Shamron Monroe b. 1977 (Zombie Strippers!)
Jon Barton b. 1977 (Punisher: War Zone, Threshold, Dead Man on Campus)
Iyari Limon b. 1976 (Buffy)
Kathleen Robertson b. 1973 (Tin Man, Psycho Beach Party, The Hidden Room, Maniac Mansion)
Amanda Peterson b. 1971 died 5 July 2015 (Windrunner, Explorers)
Amy O’Neill b. 1971 (Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Twilight Zone [1985])
Michael Weatherly b. 1968 (Dark Angel, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Charmed, Asteroid)
Billy Crudup b. 1968 (The Watch, Watchmen)
Marcus Chong b. 1967 (The Crow: Wicked Prayer, The Matrix, Hard Time on Planet Earth)
Michael B. Silver b. 1967 (Heroes, Supernatural, The X-Files, Virtuosity, Deep Space Nine)
Lee Tergesen b. 1965 (The 4400, Weird Science [TV], Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show)
Rocky Carroll b. 1963 (Invasion)
Robert Knepper b. 1959 (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Arrow, R.I.P.D., Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, SGU Stargate Universe, Heroes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Carnivale, Species III, Seven Days, Brimstone, E.A.R.T.H. Force, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone [1987])
Kevin Bacon b. 1958 (R.I.P.D., X-Men: First Class, Hollow Man, Apollo 13, Flatliners, Tremors, Friday the 13th)
Angelica Huston b. 1951 (The Addams Family, The Mists of Avalon, The Witches, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Ice Pirates)
Kim Darby b. 1947 (Dark Realm, The X-Files, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Teen Wolf Too, Star Trek)
Jeffrey Tambor b. 1944 (Paul, Hellboy, Muppets From Space, Meet Joe Black, Dr. Doolittle, Max Headroom, The Twilight Zone [1985/6])
William Cort b. 1936 died 23 September 1993 (Quantum Leap, Ghost, Small Wonder, Galactica 1980)
Marty Feldman b. 1933 died 2 December 1982 (Slapstick (Of Another Kind), Young Frankenstein)
Craig Stevens b. 1918 died 10 May 2000 (The Incredible Hulk, Project U.F.O., The Invisible Man, The Deadly Mantis, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
Glenn Langan b. 1917 died 26 January 1991 (The Andromeda Strain, Women of the Prehistoric Planet, Mutiny in Outer Space, The Amazing Colossal Man)
Dean Cromer b. 1917 died 14 December 1995 (Wonder Woman, The Monolith Monsters, Adventures of Superman, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Them!)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. How did I wait three years to put Marty Feldman in The Picture Slot? My excuses are Billy Crudup in Watchmen and Glenn Langan inThe Amazing Colossal Man, but even I don't consider those good enough reasons.

I can't believe he's been dead over 32 years now. I still miss him. He was frickin' hilarious.

2. Spot the Canadian! It's only Kathleen Robertson born north of the border today, though several actors' resumes have the definite whiff of Canuck-ness. 

3. Not the Guy at the Door. if Amanda Peterson hadn't died earlier this week, the cut-off person between the living and the dead would be 71 year old Jeffrey Tambor. That is way too young to be The Guy at the Door, but then again, 43 is way, way too young to die, and that was Ms. Peterson's fate.

4. Nepotism FTW. Her career has gone so well, I am willing to downplay any nepotistic advantage for Angelica Huston, but I have no problem acknowledging the nepotistic advantages of Joshua Alba, Jessica's way less famous brother. 

5. MST3K. The two I am sure of are The Amazing Colossal Man and The Deadly Mantis. I'm not sure Mr. Cromer was on the episodes of Rocky Jones that got roasted on The Satellite of Love.

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

Movie released
Fantastic Four released, 2005
Predictor: George Sutherland in his 1901 book Twentieth Century Inventions

Prediction: Electric heating is, however, the method which will probably take precedence over others in all those cases where systems are tried on their actual merits apart from sentiment or usage. The wonderful facility afforded by the electric heating wire for the distribution of a moderate degree of warmth, in exactly the proportions in which it may be needed, gives the electric method an enormous advantage over its rivals.

Reality: Gas is still used a lot. I don't know exactly how electric heating didn't win completely. Perhaps our undead architect comment hero will clue us in.

Never to be Forgotten: Irwin Keyes 1952-2015 Three obits yesterday and another today, three of four not getting to the age of Social Security. Irwin Keyes was a mainstay on modern horror, featured in productions including Professor Creepy’s Scream Party, Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong, Legend of the Phantom Rider, Black Scorpion, Oblivion, Timemaster, Tales from the Crypt, Adventures in Dinosaur City, Frankenstein General Hospital, Nice Girls Don’t Explode, Exterminator, Zapped!, Friday the 13th and Nocturna. Some may quibble there isn't anything big budget on the list, but for for my money, that makes his ability to pay the rent with such a resume even more impressive.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Irwin Keyes, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.

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  1. "Damn your eyes!"

    "Too Late!"

    ...hero? perhaps a bit overstated. As a matter of fact, I was recently very nearly a dead undead zombie...

    But historically, the big drawback to electric heat was the relative expense of electricity vs. oil and later, gas. Now that scarcity has driven the price of fossil fuel heat higher, and the impact of the extraction industry (not to mention the impact of buried oil tanks leaking), electric heat has become wash and its especially useful in existing buildings, where routing forced air systems or hot water piping is difficult and expensive. I have used a couple of small electric strips in my house in cold areas, and the energy cost is less than if we tried to increase the overall heat to make these areas less cold.

    Also in favor of electric heat is the fact that the source of electric power is fungible, and can increasingly be provided by renewable sources like wind and solar. Not to mention that the White House intends to roll out an initiative to include solar panels on federally funded housing projects (Damn you, Obama!).

    HVAC units are also becoming smaller and more efficient; through wall units can cover an entire small house or an entire floor of a multi story house, with minimal ducting required and little loss of efficiency or any significant devotion of floor area.

    At this point, the only thing preventing increased use of electric heat is the public perception that it is more expensive.

    However, increasingly geothermal is going to become competitive, and will be based on forced-air after a water-to-air converter provides tempered air (cooled OR heated) to an air handler. Typically, this system will include an electric heat element as well in case the air needs a bit of a boost in extremely cold temps.

  2. Also, Women Of The Prehistoric Planet was MiSTed...

    And in the FWIW file, Jeffrey Tambor spent a couple of seasons working with Milwaukee Rep theater....


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