"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!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

30 April 2015

Birthdays
Dianna Agron b. 1986 (I am Number Four, Heroes)
Gal Gadot b. 1985 (Justice League, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Drew Seeley b. 1982 (I Kissed a Vampire, Locusts)
Kirsten Dunst b. 1982 (Melancholia, Spider-Man, The Crow: Salvation, Small Soldiers, Jumanji, Interview with the Vampire, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Kunal Nayyar b. 1981 (The Big Bang Theory)
Sam Heughan b. 1980 (Outlander)
Alexandra Holden b. 1977 (Wishcraft)
Johnny Galecki b. 1975 (The Big Bang Theory, In Time, Hancock, Vanilla Sky)
Michael Chaturantabut b. 1975 (Charmed, The Time Machine, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)
Kevin Sizemore b. 1972 (Resurrection, Under the Dome, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Dollhouse, Supernova)
Ralph Lister b. 1971 (Oz the Great and Powerful)
Allison Serofim b. 1968 (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Steven Mackintosh b. 1967 (Robot Overlords, Kick-Ass 2, Underworld, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Doctor Who)
Adrian Pasdar b. 1965 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes, House of Frankenstein [1997 TV], Near Dark, Solarbabies)
Paul Gross b. 1959 (Eastwick, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1997 TV], The Ray Bradbury Theatre)
Lars von Trier b. 1956 (director, Melancholia, The Kingdom)
Thom Bray b. 1954 (The Horror Show, DeepStar Six, Prince of Darkness)
Perry King b. 1948 (The Day After Tomorrow, Tales from the Crypt, Slaughterhouse-Five)
Allan Arkush b. 1948 (director, Salem, Witched of East End, Defiance, Heroes, Timecop, Mann & Machine, Twilight Zone [1986], Heartbeeps)
Bertrand Cadart b. 1948 (Mad Max)
Jill Clayburgh b. 1944 died 5 November 2010 (Phenomenon II, The Terminal Man)
Antonia Ellis b. 1944 (UFO)
Burt Young b. 1940 (The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Tales from the Crypt, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Carnival of Blood)
Gary Collins b. 1938 died 13 October 2012 (Watcher Reborn, The Fantastic Journey, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Sixth Sense [TV], King Kong vs. Godzilla)
Larry Niven b. 1938 (winner of 1971 Hugo and Nebula for Ringworld)
Cloris Leachman b. 1926 (Lake Placid 2, My Boyfriend’s Back, Hansel and Gretel [1987], Wonder Woman [1975], Young Frankenstein, Twilight Zone)
Al Lewis b. 1923 died 3 February 2006 (The Munsters, Lost in Space)
Phil Brown b. 1916 died 9 February 2006 (Superman, Star Wars: A New Hope, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Journey to the Unknown)
Eve Arden b. 1908 died 12 November 1990 (Amazing Stories, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Girl with Something Extra, Bewitched)
David Manners b. 1901 died 23 December 1998 (The Mummy [1932], Dracula [1931])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, we had the two birthday boys from Big Bang Theory and Gal Gadot, the actress who will be Wonder Woman in several films over the next few years. If I want to stay with 21st Century stuff, Adrian Pasdar in Heroes or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would count as iconic, but I decided to go old school with the great Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher.

Wait... was that a horse?

2. Spot the Canadians! No way to spot David Manners as a Canadian, but he was. It's not obvious that Paul Gross and Drew Seeley were born north of the border, but they were, too.

3. I'm used to it, I don't have to like it. When I clicked on Jill Clayburgh's page on imdb.com today, I remembered she had died, but it was a shock five years ago and it still makes me sad.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: Dalek, and episode of Doctor Who aired first in the U.K. on 30 April 2005.

Prediction: In 2012, a Dalek is reawakened in a bunker in Utah and kills 200 people before the Doctor is able to deactivate it.

Reality: There were a lot of Doctor Who episodes that were set in the not too distant future, which for people like us moving in time in our boring linear way is now the not too distant past.

Still no Daleks, so we've got that going for us.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

A new month, a new splash photo, and the regular prediction schedule is interrupted for a stunning tale of suspended animation.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

29 April 2015

Birthdays
Taylor Cole b. 1984 (Supernatural, The Event, The Green Hornet, Surrogates, Heroes)
Firass Dirani b. 1984 (Power Rangers Mystic Force, Pitch Black)
Alex Vincent b. 1981 (Child’s Play)
Tyler Labine b. 1978 (Deadbeat, Rise of the Planet of the Apes [2011], Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Reaper, Invasion, Jake 2.0, Evil Alien Conquerors, Dark Angel, Dead Last, The Immortal, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], NightMan, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Millennium [TV], The X-Files, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
David Sullivan b. 1977 (Karma Police, The Astronaut Farmer, Primer)
April Telek b. 1975 (Strange Empire, Supernatural, Reaper, Tin Man, Stargate SG-1, Dead Like Me, The Immortal, Replicant, First Wave, The Hunger, Millennium, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, The New Addams Family, Highlander [TV], Sliders)
David Belle b. 1973 (Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Babylon A.D.)
Derek Mears b. 1972 (Sleepy Hollow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, True Blood, Grimm, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Team Unicorn, Predators, The Hills Have Eyes II, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Cursed, Star Trek: Enterprise, Men in Black II, The Tick, The Wonder Cabinet)
Darby Stanchfield b. 1971 (Jericho, Angel)
Uma Thurman b. 1970 (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Paycheck, Gattaca, Batman & Robin, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
Paul Adelstein b. 1969 (Bedazzled)
Vincent Ventresca b. 1966 (Flying Monkeys, Dollhouse, Mammoth, MorphMan, The Invisible Man [TV])
Bruce Harwood b. 1963 (The Flash, The X-Files, Supernatural, The Last Mimsy, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Alienated, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, The Lone Gunmen, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids [TV], The Fly II, Earth Star Voyager)
Robert J. Sawyer b. 1960 (won 1996 Nebula for The Terminal Experiment, won the 2003 Hugo for Homonids)
Michelle Pfeiffer b. 1958 (Dark Shadows [2012], Stardust, Wolf, Batman Returns, The Witches of Eastwick, Ladyhawke)
Eve Plumb b. 1958 (Nowhere, Lois & Clark, Wonder Woman, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters)
Kate Mulgrew b. 1955 (Warehouse 13, Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek: Voyager, Gargoyles)
Leslie Jordan b. 1955 (American Horror Story, Undead or Alive: A Zombedy, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, FreakyLinks, Weird Science, Star Trek: Voyager, Lois & Clark, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Frankenstein General Hospital, The Wizard)
Gavin O’Herlihy b. 1954 (The Descent: Part 2, Star Trek: Voyager, Space Riders, Willow, Superman III, The Amazing Spider-Man [TV], The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Robert Towers b. 1952 (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Angel, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Masters of the Universe, Bewitched)
Nora Dunn b. 1952 (Southland Tales, Three Moons Over Milford, The Chronicle, What Planet Are You From?, The X Files)
Ellen Crawford b. 1951 (The Man From Earth, Soldier, Tales from the Crypt, The Invisible Kid, Werewolf, Otherworld)
Reb Brown b. 1948 (Night Claws, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Space Mutiny, Robowar, Howling II, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Yor, the Hunter from the Future, Brave New World [TV], Captain America [TV], Strange New World [TV], The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Ssssss)
Wayne Robson b. 1946 died 4 April 2011 (Survival of the Dead, The Timekeeper, The Incredible Hulk [2008], Lexx, Cube, RoboCop [TV], The Twilight Zone [1989])
Richard Kline b. 1944 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Harry and the Hendersons, Shadow Chasers)
Lane Smith b. 1936 died 13 June 2005 (From the Earth to the Moon, Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy, Lois & Clark, The Twilight Zone [1986], Amazing Stories, Duplicates, V)
Akira Takarada b. 1934 (Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, King Kong Escapes, Godzilla [2014 and 1977 and 1954], Invasion of Astro-Monster)
Irvin Kershner b. 1923 died 27 November 2010 (director, SeaQuest 2032, RoboCop 2, The Empire Strikes Back)
Celeste Holm b. 1917 died 15 July 2012 (Wonder Woman, Cinderella [1965 TV])
Richard Carlson b. 1912 died 24 November 1977 (The Valley of Gwangi, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays, Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space, The Magnetic Monster)
Jack Williamson b. 1908 died 10 November 2006 (author, The Legion of Time, Starchild, The Man from Outside, Land’s End)
Ken Tyrell b. 1094 died 8 March 1966 (Master of the World, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Sabu and the Magic Ring, Brain from Planet Arous, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu, Indestructible Man, Son of Sinbad, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Zombies of the Stratosphere, Radar Men from the Moon, Flying Disc Man from Mars, The Invisible Monster)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. A lot of famous names and iconic faces on the list today. In earlier years, Kate Milgrew from Voyager and Akira Takarada from the original Godzilla got the slot, but this year I was thinking it was a competition between Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman or Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy. But thinking better of it, I realized I like The Adventures of Baron Munchausen much more than I liked any Batman film and Ms. Thurman's entrance as Venus made a much stronger impression on me.

He wrote, euphemistically.

2. Spot the Canadians. The late Wayne Robson is hard to spot from his credit list, but our other two Canucks are alive, kicking, born in the 1970s and not impossible to suss.

3. MST3K. Between Richard Carlson and Ken Tyrell, there must have been something one of them was in that got the MST3K treatment, and yes, it's Tyrell in Radar Men on the Moon. We also have Akira Takarada in Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster.

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

Predictor: George Sutherland in the 1901 book Twentieth Century Inventions

Prediction: The telegraphic wire in the home and street will fulfill a very important part in the economy of the twentieth century. For conveying intelligence, as well as for heating, cooking and lighting, the electric current will become one of the most familiar of all the forces called in to assist in domestic arrangements.

Reality: Sutherland deserves nearly full points for this one, though he could not quite foresee the telegraph going obsolete. If anything, he underestimates how important electricity would become in our lives. There were already electric lights in use and patents for electric stoves had been granted. The closest thing to visionary is that the first practical electric heater was patented in 1905.

He's not the only person in 1901 who could see that electricity was the wave of the future, but that's a quibble. My two favorite kinds of predictions are the spectacularly right and the spectacularly wrong. This belongs in the first category.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We interrupt our regular schedule for a re-awakened Dalek. I'm sure that will go well.  

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

28 April 2015

Birthdays
Taylor Anne Reid b. 1991 (Taken, The 6th Day, Dark Angel, Resurrection, The X Files, Millennium)
Addie Land b. 1988 (The Sasquatch Gang)
Samantha Lockwood b. 1982 (Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time, Sci-Fighter)
Jessica Alba, b. 1981 (Sin City, Spy Kids, Fantastic Four, Dark Angel, Venus Rising)
Jonathan Silver Scott b. 1978 (Being Human, Atomic Train, Millennium, The X Files)
Drew Scott b. 1978 (Smallville)
Robert Oliveri b. 1978 (Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Edward Scissorhands, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
Peta-Maree Rixon b. 1975 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie)
Penélope Cruz b. 1974 (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky, The Butterfly Effect)
Elisabeth Röhm b. 1973 (Beauty and the Beast [2014], Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, Heroes, Angel, The Invisible Man [TV movie])
Jorge Garcia b. 1973 (Lost, Once Upon a Time, Fringe)
Bridget Moynahan b. 1971 (Battle Los Angeles, I, Robot)
Kari Wuhrer b. 1967 (Sharknado 2: The Second One, Stargate: Atlantis, Berserker: Hell’s Warrior, King of the Ants, Eight Legged Freaks, Sliders, Anaconda, Thinner, Swamp Thing, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time)
Mary McDonnell b. 1952 (Battlestar Galactica, Donnie Darko, Independence Day)
Bob Rumnock b. 1953 (Divergent, World’s End, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Angel, Fallen)
Stuart Gillard b. 1950 (director, Beauty and the Beast [TV], Girl vs. Monster, Riverworld, Charmed, Poltergeist: The Legacy, RocketMan, Creature, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, My Secret Identity)
Paul Guilfoyle b. 1949 (The Burning Zone, M.A.N.T.I.S., Howard the Duck)
Bruno Kirby b. 1949 died 14 August 2006 (Tales from the Crypt)
Marcia Strassman b. 1948 died 25 October 2014 (Tremors [TV], Earth Minus Zero, Highlander, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, Brave New World, Time Express)
Sir Terry Pratchett b. 1948 died 12 March 2015 (author, Discworld, Hogfather)
Ann-Margret b. 1941 (The 10th Kingdom)
Emily Yancy b. 1939 (The Abyss, Sword and the Sorcerer, Blacula)
Madge Sinclair b. 1938 died 20 December 1995 (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Tales from the Crypt, Starman [TV], Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Carolyn Jones b. 1930 died 3 August 1983 (Wonder Woman, Batman, The Addams Family, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The War of the Worlds, House of Wax)
Robert Cornthwaite b. 1917 died 20 July 2006 (The Naked Monster, White Dwarf, Time Trackers, Beauty and the Beast, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Futureworld, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Six Million Dollar Man, Colossus: The Forbin Project, Land of the Giants, Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Munsters, Twilight Zone, Destination Space, The War of the Worlds, The Thing from Another World)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. There are quite a few names here that have had their pictures on the blog. On previous April 28s, I used Jessica Alba, famous, iconic and fabulous and Robert Cornthwaite, a great Oh That Guy, or more accurately a great Oh That Scientist. Besides them, both Marcia Strassman and Sir Terry Pratchett have had Never to Be Forgotten posts in the past year. Even with these worthies out of consideration, there are many other actors with iconic roles. I decided to go with Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams because... reasons. I expect few complaints.

2. Nepotism FTW. Bruno Kirby is the son of Bruce Kirby. Samantha Lockwood is the daughter of Gary Lockwood. They both count.

3. Wait... he's dead? I completely forgot that Bruno Kirby died.

4. Everyone leaving so soon? We have a lot of people on this list who died young. Carolyn Jones, Madge Sinclair and Bruno Kirby were all in their 50s and Marcia Strassman and Sir Terry Pratchett were in their 60s.

Let me say it here and now. Cut it out.

5. Spot the Canadians! Jonathan Silver Scott and Drew Scott are twins and they are also Canadians. So is the youngest person on our list, Taylor Anne Reid.

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

 
Predictor: John Langdon-Davies in in 1936 book A Short History of the Future

Prediction: Democracy will be dead by 1950.

Reality: Langdon-Davies covered the Spanish Civil War and it messed with his head. It should be noted that when we wrote this, the bombing of Guernica was still a year away. Still, he was of the opinion a worldwide worker's revolution was only a few years away. No points awarded here.

Never to be Forgotten: Andrew Lesnie (1956-2015) I just asked people to cut out all this dying young stuff and I get the news than Andrew Lesnie, the Australian born, Oscar-winning cinematographer has died at the age of 59. Working with Peter Jackson, Lesnie shot the Hobbit films, King Kong and all the Lord of the Rings. He was also director of photography on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Last Airbender, I Am Legend, Babe and Babe: Pig in the City.

I am not technically savvy enough to tell how much of a beautiful shot in a fantasy film can be credited to the cinematography and how much to special effects afterwards, but I definitely remember how pretty so many of the films on this list are, most especially Babe and his work with Peter Jackson. That's too many examples to be coincidence.

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


Never to be Forgotten: Jayne Meadows Allen (1919-2015) As melancholy as these remembrances can be, let it be noted that Jayne Meadows Allen, who died at home this Sunday, was 95 when she passed, a refreshing change for all the people on the list today that didn't make it to 70. She was the wife of Steve Allen and the older sister of Audrey Meadows of Honeymooners fame. She did a lot of stage work as well as movies and TV, but is remembered here for roles in the 1985 Irwin Allen produced TV musical version of Alice in Wonderland (pictured here as The Red Queen) and on the TV shows Project U.F.O. and The Girl with Something Extra.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Jayne Meadows Allen, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another visit from our sensible friend George Sutherland and his 1901 book Twentieth Century Inventions.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Monday, April 27, 2015

27 April 2015

Birthdays
Emily Rios b. 1989 (Grimm, Almost Human)
Jane Hancock b. 1988 (The Flash, Mythos, Fringe)
William Moseley b. 1987 (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Laura Ortiz b. 1987 (Guardians of the Galaxy, Bite Me, Chillerama, The Hills Have Eyes)
Jenna Coleman b. 1986 (Doctor Who, Captain America: The First Avenger)
Jasmine Lowe b. 1986 (The Hunger Games, Vampiro)
Anna Skellern b. 1985 (Camelot, Siren, The Descent: Part 2)
Janet Lopez b. 1985 (Attack of the 30 Foot Chola, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
Francis Capra b. 1983 (The Strain, Touch, Clear Skies 3, Heroes)
Ari Graynor b. 1983 (Fringe)
Brooke Long b. 1980 (Iron Man 2)
Sally Hawkins b. 1976 (Godzilla [2014])
Elle Downs b. 1973 (Hemlock Grove, Cybergeddon, Earth: Final Conflict, 2103: The Deadly Wake)
Andre Gower b. 1973 (10.0 Earthquake, The Monster Squad, The Wizard, Twilight Zone [1985], Knight Rider)
David Lascher b. 1972 (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch)
Mehmet Kurtulus b. 1972 (Equilibrium)
Elizabeth Marmur b. 1970 (Neverwhere, Forever Knight)
Matt Reeves b. 1966 (writer, Let Me In, Future Shock, director, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Anna Chancellor b. 1965 (Penny Dreadful, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, FairyTale: A True Story, Jupiter Moon)
Lisa Wilcox b. 1964 (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures [TV], Star Trek: The Next Generation, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and 5, Something is Out There)
Russell T. Davies b. 1963 (showrunner, Wizards vs. Aliens, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures)
Min-sik Choi b. 1962 (Lucy)
Victoria Price b. 1962 (Edward Scissorhands)
James Le Gros b. 1962 (Phantasm II, *batteries not included, Solarbabies, Near Dark)
Eugenie Bondurant b. 1961 (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Sorority House Vampires, Space Truckers, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Sheena Easton b. 1959 (TekWar, Highlander [TV])
Kevin McNally b. 1956 (Supernatural, Pirates of the Caribbean, Demons, Doctor Who)
John Shrapnel b. 1942 (Merlin, Alien Autopsy, The Tenth Kingdom, Invasion: Earth, Space: 1999)
Ned Wynn b. 1941 (The Absent Minded Professor, Son of Flubber)
Judy Carne b. 1939 (I Dream of Jeannie)
Sandy Dennis b. 1937 died 2 March 1992 (976-EVIL)
Casey Kasem b. 1932 died 15 June 2014 (Scooby-Doo, Homeboys in Outer Space, Battle of the Planets, Ghostbusters, Doomsday Machine, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, 2000 Years Later)
Robert Donner b. 1931 died 8 June 2006 (Alien Nation: Dark Horizon, Starman [TV], Mork & Mindy, The Incredible Hulk, Damnation Alley, Six Million Dollar Man)
Jack Klugman b. 1922 died 24 December 2012 (I Dream of Jeannie, Twilight Zone)
Colin Gordon b. 1911 died 4 October 1972 (UFO, The Prisoner, Doctor Who, Burn, Witch, Burn, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man, The Man in the White Suit)
Harry Stockwell b. 1902 died 19 July 1984 (The Werewolf of Washington)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot skewed young with Jenna Coleman from Doctor Who and William Moseley from Chronicles of Narnia. This year, I go unabashedly old school with Jack Klugman from one of his four appearances on the original Twilight Zone series. There are actors and writers whose work I like on the list, but when it comes to iconic, the choices are few.

2. Spot the Canadians. Jane Hancock and Elle Downs work in the Canadian genre industry, though they don't have quite enough credits to make it obvious.

3. Nepotism, but just a little win. Ned Wynn is Keenan Wynn's son. He did a few movies as a young man and decided being in front of the screen wasn't for him. Victoria Price is Vincent Price's daughter. Her only acting credit is in Edward Scissorhands.

4. Wait... they're dead? I did not realize Sandy Dennis died more than twenty years ago. I had Robert Donner listed last year, but I failed to note he was dead. He's probably best known for the recurring role of Exidor on Mork & Mindy.

5. Deserved a Never to be Forgotten. My Bad. When Casey Kasem died last year, I didn't bother looking up his credit list, but I should have. I probably wanted to avoid all the weirdness surrounding his final days. Of course, he was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, but he also had on screen performances and guest shots as himself in several genre productions.

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

6. The Gal at the Door. Judy Carne turns 76 this year. It's odd to think of someone like her whose career highlighted her youth and vivacious personality as being the oldest living person on the list, but that is the situation. As always when pointing out this morbid coincidence, the blog offers special birthday wishes to The Gal at the Door.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list, most especially Judy Carne, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: Dr. Marvin Clein and his graduate student John Keefe produce a computer simulation to predict the top speeds for fastballs thrown by athletes of several heights and weights

6'3", 210 lbs: 105 mph
6'4", 218 lbs: 107 mph
6'5", 227 lbs: 108.5 mph
6'6", 236 lbs: 110 mph
6'8", 255 lbs: 112 mph
6'10", 275 lbs: 115 mph
7'0", 295 lbs: 117 mph


Reality: This prediction scores at least one point because the fastest fastball recorded by radar in major league history is 106 mph by Cuban born Aroldis Chapman, who is 6'4" and 215 lbs. As for bigger guys throwing even faster, that hasn't happened yet. For example, Randy Johnson was 6'10" and could throw 102 mph, but he only weighed 225 lbs. Most of the very tall pitchers had similarly slim builds. A good athlete standing seven feet tall and nearly 300 lbs. is more likely to choose basketball as his sport.

There are two pitchers from earlier eras who allegedly threw faster than Chapman, but were not recorded with radar guns. Nolan Ryan was supposed to have thrown 108 mph and Bob Feller 107 mph. Ryan was list as 6'2" and Feller at 6'0".

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another visit from John Langdon-Davies and his 1936 book A Short History of the Future. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

26 April 2015

Birthdays
Channing Tatum b. 1980 (X-Men: Apocalypse, Jupiter Ascending, This is the End, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, War of the Worlds)
Jordana Brewster b. 1980 (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Beginning, The Faculty)
Marnette Patterson b. 1980 (Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, Charmed, Supernatural, 3rd Rock from the Sun, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5)
Klara Issova b. 1979 (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Children of Dune, Dune)
Stana Katic b. 1978 (The Spirit, Heroes, The Librarian: The Curse of the Jade Chalice)
Tom Welling b. 1977 (Smallville, The Fog)
Brandon Slagle b. 1977 (Dead Sea, Entity, Biohazard: Patient Zero, Area 51 Confidential)
Jason Earles b. 1977 (Phil of the Future, National Treasure)
McKenzie Westmore b. 1977 (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Insurrection, Weird Science [TV], Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Emily Booth b. 1976 (Grindhouse, Evil Aliens, Event Horizon)
Ivana Milicevic b. 1974 (Eastwick, Fallen, Dark Shadows [2005 TV movie], Frankenstein [2004 TV movie], Paycheck, Charmed, Buffy, Vanilla Sky, Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste b. 1967 (Edge of Tomorrow, RoboCop [2014], The Cell)
Jet Li b. 1963 (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Forbidden Kingdom, The One)
Debra Wilson b. 1962 (Avatar, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Joan Chen b. 1961 (Fringe, Cyber Wars, The Outer Limits [1998], Judge Dredd)
Giancarlo Esposito b. 1958 (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Revolution, Once Upon a Time, Xenophobia, NYPD 2069, Monkeybone, Stardust [1998], Creature, The Hunger, The Tomorrow Man, The Brother from Another Planet)
Ron Donachie b. 1956 (Atlantis, Game of Thrones, The Deep [TV], Doctor Who, Starhunter [TV])
Andy Secombe b. 1953 (Star Wars: Episodes I and II, Star Cops, Aladdin and the Forty Thieves)
Erwin Stoff b. 1951 (producer, The Day the Earth Stood Still [2008], A Scanner Darkly, Constantine, The Matrix, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey)
Warren Clarke b. 1947 died 12 November 2014 (Firefox, Hawk the Slayer, A Clockwork Orange)
Carol Burnett b. 1933 (Twilight Zone)
Stafford Repp b. 1918 died 5 November 1974 (Batman [TV], I Dream of Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, Twilight Zone)
Vic Perrin b. 1916 died 4 July 1989 (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Project U.F.O., Wonder Woman, Land of the Giants, The Invaders, Star Trek, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Adventures of Superman, The Twonky)
H.L. Gold b. 1914 died 21 February 1996 (editor, Galaxy Science Fiction 1950-1961)
A.E. van Vogt b. 1912 died 26 January 2000 (author, The World of Null-A, The Book of Ptath, The Voyage of the Space Beagle)
Ethel Griffies b. 1878 died 9 September 1975 (The Birds, It Happened Tomorrow)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In 2012, I had a picture of Watto from the Star Wars movie that must not be named, a CGI character voiced by Andy Secombe. In 2014, It was Ron Donachie from Game of Thrones. I had every intention of putting up a picture of Tom Welling from Smallville, but the career of Vic Perrin captured my interest. The picture is from Star Trek; he's the leader of the planet that won't let either the Enterprise of the "normal" universe or the Spock-with-a-beard universe mine their dilithium crystals. While I consider any major guest star role on the original Star Trek iconic, Perrin also did a lot of voiceover, most notably the narration on the original Outer Limits. While I am of the opinion that The Outer Limits was a pale imitation of The Twilight Zone, that line "We control the horizontal, we control the vertical" is every bit as good as "You're traveling through another dimension." Vic Perrin had an interesting career and deserves to be remembered.

2. Nepotism of an unusual kind. McKenzie Westmore is the daughter of a make-up artist. Robert De Niro came to the home of the of the artist to work on make-up for Raging Bull and got along famously with McKenzie, then three years old. De Niro decided she should play his daughter in the film. An unusual first break in the business.

3. Spot the Canadian and Not a Canadian. Stana Katic is Canadian. Tom Welling is not. Some of the Canadian genre show do have native born stars, but not all of them.

4. Carol Burnett? My current method for searching imdb.com is to click on the first ten names of the top 100 no matter what, then only grab people from positions 11 to 100 if I know they did something or if I think they might have. Carol Burnett was in the top 10, and with her career she certainly deserves it. She was in three different versions of Once Upon a Mattress twice as the princess and a more recent turn as the queen, but the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea has very little fantasy element to it. On the other hand, I forgot she was on an episode of the original Twilight Zone. That always merits inclusion on the list.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories. 
 
Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in his 1956 book The Door Into Summer

Prediction: In 2000, there were seven million people in Great Los Angeles.

Reality: In the city proper, there were about 3.7 million in 2000. In the region, there were about 16.4 million, so Heinlein's off by about a factor of two whichever geographical area he meant, probably the second one.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Those three little words... OMNI Future Almanac. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

25 April 2015

Birthdays
Allisyn Ashley Arm b. 1996 (Meet Dave)
Katherine Wallace b. 1990 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Sara Paxton b. 1988 (The Innkeepers, Shark Night 3D, Wizards of Waverly Place, Return to Halloweetown, The Ruby Princess Runs Away, Soldier)
Jonathan Bailey b. 1988 (Doctor Who, Five Children and It, Alice Through the Looking Glass [1998 TV])
Heather Sossaman b. 1987 (Fairy Tales, 10.0 The Big One, Buffy)
Daniel Sharman b. 1986 (The Originals, Teen Wolf, Immortals)
Rik Young b. 1978 (Beowulf, Charmed, Children of Dune)
Ben Uttley b. 1978 (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
Marguerite Moreau b. 1977 (Lost, Smallville, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, Queen of the Damned, Mighty Joe Young [1998], 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Emily Bergl b. 1975 (Warehouse 13, Star Trek: Enterprise, Taken, The Rage: Carrie 2)
Jason Lee b. 1970 (Dreamcatcher, Vanilla Sky, Dogma, Perversions of Science)
Gina Torres b. 1969 (The Vampire Diaries, FlashForward, Serenity, Firefly, The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded, Angel, Cleopatra 2525, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena, M.A.N.T.I.S.)
Hank Azaria b. 1964 (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Mystery Men, Godzilla [1998], Tales from the Crypt)
Daniel Kash b. 1959 (Manhattan Undying, Bitten, The Strain, Orphan Black, RoboCop [2014], Alphas, Lost Girl, Repo Men, The Dresden Files, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Diary of the Dead, Mutant X, Veritas: The Quest, Total Recall 2070, Virus, RoboCop [TV], Forever Knight, Nightbreed, War of the Worlds [TV], Aliens)
Clarissa Burt b. 1959 (The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter)
George Spartels b. 1954 (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
Ron Clements b. 1953 (director, The Princess and the Frog, Treasure Planet, Hercules, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid)
Peter Jurasik b. 1950 (Quantum Apocalypse, Sliders, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Babylon 5, TRON[1982])
Jeffrey DeMunn b. 1947 (The Walking Dead, The Mist, The X-Files, RocketMan, Phenomenon, The Blob [1988], Twilight Zone [1985], Resurrection)
Talia Shire b. 1946 (Faerie Tale Theatre, Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star, Prophecy, The Dunwich Horror)
Al Pacino b. 1940 (Angels in America, S1m0ne, The Devil’s Advocate)
Denny Miller b. 1934 died 9 September 2014 (Werewolf, Knight Rider, V, Voyagers!, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Incredible Hulk, Beyond Westworld, Battlestar Galactica. Dr, Scorpion, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Island at the Top of the World, I Dream of Jeannie)
Paul Mazursky b. 1930 died 30 June 2014 (actor, Twilight Zone)
Kay E. Kuter b. 1925 died 12 November 2003 (Charmed, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beauty and the Beast, V, The Twilight Zone [1986], The Last Starfighter, Far Out Space Nuts, I Dream of Jeannie, The Outer Limits, The Mole People)
Davy Kaye b. 1916 died 3 February 1998 (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [1972], Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Russ Conway b. 1913 died 12 January 2009 (The Space-Watch Murders, The Invaders, The Green Hornet, The Time Tunnel, The Munsters, The War of the Worlds, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Flight to Mars, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man)
Paul Curran b. 1913 died 1 December 1986 (Jabberwocky)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot was handed to Gina Torres from Firefly and Peter Jurasik from Babylon 5. Not wanting to repeat myself and looking for iconic roles, the guy from the most popular show should be Jeffrey DeMunn from The Walking Dead, but invoking The First Law of Blogging ("You're Not the Boss of me!"), I went with Hank Azaria as The Blue Raja from Mystery Men.

2. Nepotism FTW. Talia Shire is the sister of Francis Ford Copolla. When one sibling is notably more famous than the other and also gave the less famous sibling a big break, I definitely count it as nepotism.

3. Two Canadians, one dead, one spottable. Russ Conway's career took place long before producing shows in Canada was a big industry. The other Canadian has a credit list that makes him easy to spot.

4. The Guy at the Door.  Every day I make these lists and I check for the oldest living person. If no one younger than him (or her) is dead, that person in The Guy (or Gal) at the Door. Today it's Al Pacino, who is only 75. As always when there is someone At the Door, I send special best wishes for a long and healthy life to that person.


Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Al Pacino, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: Morris L. Ernst in his 1955 book Utopia 1976

Prediction: The atom will not be employed to murder civilizations.

Reality: Most of the predictions in Ernst's book are extensions of his main thesis that Americans will have a 30 hour work week by 1976 and all the wonderful and morally uplifting things people will do with the extra time. Given his flawed thesis, many of the predictions also go awry, but this one stands on its own and (knock wood) we've gone sixty years and it's still the case.

Yay, correct optimism!

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another trip into the late 20th Century courtesy of Robert A. Heinlein's 1956 book The Door Into Summer. 


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Friday, April 24, 2015

24 April 2015

Birthdays
Angelica Jopling b. 1997 (Kick-Ass 2)
Larramie Doc Shaw b. 1992 (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Jack Quaid b. 1992 (The Hunger Games)
Tahyna Tozzi b. 1986 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Courtney Draper b. 1985 (Buffy, Stepsister from Planet Weird)
Austin Nichols b. 1980 (The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Surface, The Day After Tomorrow, Sliders)
Matthew Steer b. 1978 (Cinderella, SuperBob, Outlander)
Rebecca Mader b. 1977 (Once Upon a Time, Warehouse 13, Iron Man 3, Fringe, Alphas, No Ordinary Family, Lost)
Eric Balfour b. 1977 (Haven, No Ordinary Family, Skyline, Dinoshark, Rise of the Gargoyles, The Chronicle, Buffy)
Noah Danby b. 1974 (Bitten, Hemlock Grove, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the Death Lamp, Riddick, Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Painkiller Jane, Stargate SG-1, Alien Incursion, Smallville, The 4400, Andromeda, Mutant X, Witchblade, Relic Hunter, Lexx)
Eric Kripke b. 1974 (writer, Supernatural, Revolution, Boogeyman)
Derek Luke b. 1974 (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Captain America: The First Avenger)
Damon Lindelof b. 1973 (writer, Tomorrowland, The Leftovers, World War Z, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, Lost)
Dean Armstrong b. 1973 (Alphas, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Haven, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Earth: Final Conflict)
Melinda Clarke b. 1969 (The Vampire Diaries, Reaper, Firefly, Tremors [TV], Charmed, Star Trek: Enterprise, Spawn, Sliders, Xena, Return of the Living Dead III)
Rory McCann b. 1969 (Game of Thrones, Season of the Witch, Clash of the Titians, Beowulf & Grendel, Solomon Kane)
Aiden Gillen b. 1968 (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight Rises)
Stacy Haiduk b. 1968 (True Blood, Heroes, The Attack of the Sabertooth, The X-Files, Charmed, Kindred: The Embraced, SeaQuest 2032, Superboy)
Djimon Hounsou b. 1964 (Guardians of the Galaxy, Push, Eragon, The Island, Constantine, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Stargate)
Jason Salkey b. 1962 (The Fifth Element)
Glenn Morshower b. 1959 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Revolution, After Earth, Transformers, X-Men: First Class, Dollhouse, Charmed, The Island, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy, Strange World, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Godzilla [1998], Millennium, The X-Files, Dark Skies, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap)
Eric Bogosian b. 1953 (Blade: Trinity, Twilight Zone [1985], Tales from the Darkside)
Steven Lisberger b. 1951 (writer, TRON)
Michael Parks b. 1940 (Tusk, Grindhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sorceress, SeaQuest 2032, War of the Worlds [1989 TV])
Jill Ireland b. 1936 died 18 May 1990 (Star Trek, My Favorite Martian, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Shirley MacLaine b. 1934 (Bewitched [2005])
Richard Donner b. 1930 (director, Timeline, Scrooged, Superman, The Omen, Ladyhawke, The Sixth Sense [TV], It’s About Time, Twilight Zone)
Bruce Kirby b. 1928 (Tucker’s Witch, The Greatest American Hero, Holmes and Yo-Yo, I Dream of Jeannie)
J.D. Cannon b. 1922 died 20 May 2005 (Beyond Witch Mountain, The Invaders, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
William Castle b. 1914 died 31 May 1977 (director, Zotz!, 13 Ghosts, The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. We are in Game of Thronesseason now, so it's not surprising that the first two Picture Slotters on this list were Rory McCann and Aiden Gillen. There were several candidates I considered. Stacy Haiduk was Lana Lang on the Superboy show way back when and Glenn Morshower it a very recognizable Oh That Guy, often an Oh That Military Guy. But instead I went with Djimon Hounsou as Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy. Hounsou tells a story of his son, who is obsessed with comic books, telling his dad he wished he were lighter skinned because he wanted to be Spider-Man. Here's hoping the younger Hounsou grows up in a world where comic books are more diverse.

2. Nepotism FTW. Jack Quaid is Dennis Quaid's son and that counts for sure. Bruce Kirby is Bruno Kirby's dad, which doesn't count as much.

3. Spot the Canadians! There are two, both born in the 1970s. See if you can spot them.

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

 
Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: Military recruiting among the working classes--or, more properly speaking, among the People of the Abyss--will have dwindled to the vanishing point; people who are no good for peace purposes are not likely to be any good in such a grave and complicated business as modern war.

Reality: Welcome back to H.G. Wells, snob, bigot and scumbag! Some of his predictions are merely right or wrong, but then we get these reminders of his vicious nature. Not only is this horribly bigoted, it was also incorrect. Armies are still filled with folks who have no better economic option.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

It's our second Saturday in the company of Morris L. Ernst and his cheerful view of the future in Utopia 1976. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

23 April 2015

Birthdays
Alex Ferris b. 1997 (Eureka, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Smallville, X-Men: The Last Stand, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1)
Dev Patel b. 1990 (The Last Airbender)
Aanastasia Baranova b. 1989 (Z Nation, Apocalypse CA, Rise: Blood Hunter)
Rachel Skarsten b. 1985 (Lost Girl, Beauty and the Beast, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Birds of Prey)
Jesse Lee Sofer b. 1984 (In Time)
Aaron Hill b. 1983 (Creature, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Isaiah Robinson b. 1983 (Hook)
Jamie King b. 1979 (Sin City, The Spirit)
Joanna Krupa b. 1979 (Planet of the Apes)
Kal Penn b. 1977 (Superman Returns, Son of the Mask, Angel, Sabina, The Teenage Witch, Buffy)
Gabriel Damon b. 1976 (Eerie, Indiana, RoboCop II, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Amazing Stories)
Barry Watson b. 1974 (My Future Boyfriend, Boogeyman, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman [1993])
Sonya Smith b. 1972 (Cyxork 7)
Andrew Kreisberg b. 1971 (writer, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Warehouse 13, Fringe, The Vampire Diaries)
Scott Bairstow b. 1970 (Android Apocalypse, Tuck Everlasting, Harsh Realm, The Postman. The X Files)
Byron Thames b. 1969 (Chronicle, Star Trek: Enterprise, Monsters, Freddy’s Nightmares, The Powers of Matthew Star)
John Hannah b. 1962 (Atlantis [2013], The Mummy, Carnivale, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [2003], The Mummy and spin-offs)
Valerie Bertinelli b. 1960 (Faerie Tale Theatre, C.H.O.M.P.S.)
Mark Caven b. 1960 (Maleficent, I Love Mummy, Red Dwarf, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)
Tim Blaney b. 1959 (Angel, Men in Black, Short Circuit)
Jan Hooks b. 1957 died 9 October 2014 (3rd Rock from the Sun, Coneheads, Batman Returns, Superman 50th Anniversary, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure)
Caroline Thompson b. 1956 (writer, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family, Edward Scissorhands)
Blair Brown b. 1946 (Forever, Fringe, Falling Skies, Dark Shadows [TV movie 2005], Smallville, The Astronaut’s Wife, Space, Altered States, Dracula [TV movie 1973])
Herve Villechaize b. 1943 died 4 September 1993 (Faerie Tale Theatre, Forbidden Zone, Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood)
Sheila Gish b. 1942 died 9 March 2005 (Highlander, The Ghostbusters of East Finchley, Worlds Beyond)
Sandra Dee b. 1942 died 20 February 2005 (The Sixth Sense [1972], The Dunwich Horror)
Lee Majors b. 1939 (Lightspeed, Jake 2.0, The Six Million Dollar Man & spin-offs, Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land)
Alan Oppenheimer b. 1930 (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, Knight Rider, The Six Million Dollar Man, Westworld, Bewitched, Gamera the Invincible, I Dream of Jeannie)
Janet Blair b. 1921 died 18 February 2007 (The Outer Limits, Burn, Witch, Burn, One Touch of Venus [TV], A Connecticut Yankee, Once Upon a Time)
Simone Simon b. 1910 died 22 February 2005 (Cat People, Curse of the Cat People)

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. This is one of those days when not wanting to repeat a previous Picture Slot and only wanting iconic characters becomes difficult. In 2013, when my research methods were very weak, the only name I had on the list was Kal Penn, so he got the slot. In 2014, I found a picture of both Lee Majors and Alan Oppenheimer from The Six Million Dollar Man. While there are some well-known names on the list, for my money the most iconic role other than Lee Majors is the robot Johnny Five from Short Circuit, voiced by Tim Blaney. I usually leave voice actors out, though I do make exceptions on occasion. Blaney happens to be a relative of a former roommate, so that factored into my decision as well.

2. Wait... she's dead? We have a trio of folks born during World War II who are already dead. I remembered that Herve Villechaize was dead. (You will note I don't count Fantasy Island as genre. I was definitely a fan of genre when it came out and I knew it was more like Love Boat than Star Trek.) I really didn't follow Sheila Gish's career very closely. (By the was, she's British and not related to Lillian and Dorothy Gish.) But I certainly know the name Sandra Dee and was completely unaware she died ten years ago.

3. The Canadians, pre-spotted for your convenience. As often happens, though not always, young Canadians are on the shows that have been produced in Canada over the past few decades while older Canadians came to the States and worked here. Alex Ferris and Rachel Skarsten have credit lists that make their nationality clear, Scott Bairstow and Mark Caven, not so much.

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


Predictor: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), cultural critic, quoted in 1932

Prediction: “[By 1982] Australia will be abandoned to the Japanese by its white inhabitants, who will return to an England capable of supporting by agriculture almost double its present population.”

Reality: Mumford was a cranky bastard who particularly hated cars and what they did to cities. While I guess he should get some small credit for that now, he was absolutely wrong about Australians giving up and equally wrong about the population of England, which grew by 25% from 1932 to 1982, not 100%.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The regular schedule gives us H.G. Wells on Fridays.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

22 April 2015

Birthdays
Amber Heard b. 1986 (Zombieland)
Michelle Ryan b. 1984 (Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Cockneys vs Zombies, Doctor Who, Merlin, Bionic Woman, Jekyll, The Worst Witch)
Cassidy Freeman b. 1982 (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville)
Sarah French b. 1982 (Zombie Dolls, Insectula!, Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead, Shriek of the Sasquatch!, Tales of the Dead)
Gemma Whelan b. 1981 (Game of Thrones, The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains!, Gulliver’s Travels, The Wolfman)
Michael William Freeman b. 1981 (In Time)
Anna Falchi b. 1972 (Cemetery Man)
Sarah Patterson b. 1972 (Snow White, The Company of Wolves)
Eric Mabius b. 1971 (Outcasts, Resident Evil, The Crow: Salvation, Millennium)
Alix Koromzay b. 1969 (The Haunting, Mimic, Ghost in the Machine)
Sheryl Lee b. 1967 (Vampires)
Dana Barron b. 1966 (Babylon 5)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan b. 1966 (Extant, Watchmen, Jonah Hex, Supernatural, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, The Burning Zone, Sliders)
Chris Makepeace b. 1964 (Deadly Nightmares, Vamp, Mazes and Monsters)
Brooke McCarter b. 1963 (The Lost Boys, The Twilight Zone [1987])
Catherine Mary Stewart b. 1959 (Ghoul, Reaper, Nightflyers, The Witches of Eastwick [TV], Knight Rider, Night of the Comet, The Last Starfighter, Mr. Merlin)
Ryan Stiles b. 1959 (Weird Science [TV], L.A.X. 2194, Deadly Nightmares)
Ken Olandt b. 1958 (Total Reality, Digital Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Leprechaun, Super Force, V)
Bruce A. Young b. 1956 (Star Trek: Renegades, Jurassic Park III, Highlander [TV], The X Files, Quantum Leap)
Joseph Bottoms b. 1954 (Wishman, The Black Hole)
Carol Drinkwater b. 1948 (Queen Kong, A Clockwork Orange)
Madison Mason b. 1943 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The X Files, Dark Skies, Omen IV: The Awakening, Dreamscape, Knight Rider, The Day After)
Denis Lill b. 1942 (Highlander [TV], Red Dwarf, Bernard and the Genie, Batman, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, Doctor Who)
Jason Miller b. 1939 died 13 May 2001 (The Henderson Monster, Vampire [1979], The Exorcist)
Richard Marquand b. 1938 died 4 September 1987 (director, Return of the Jedi)
Jack Nicholson b. 1937 (Mars Attacks!, Wolf, Batman, The Witches of Eastwick, The Shining, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Terror, The Raven, Little Shop of Horrors)
Mario Machado b. 1935 died 4 May 2013 (RoboCop 1, 2, & 3, Wonder Woman)
Peter Ronson b. 1934 died 16 January 2007 (Journey to the Center of the Earth)
Charlotte Rae b. 1926 (The Worst Witch, ‘Way Out)
Eddie Albert b. 1906 died 26 May 2005 (Time Trax, The Girl from Mars, The Twilight Zone [1986], Dreamscape, Beyond Witch Mountain, The Devil’s Rain, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Borrowers, The Outer Limits [1964], Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Byron Haskin b. 1899 died 16 April 1984 (director, The Outer Limits[1964], Robinson Crusoe on Mars, From the Earth to the Moon, Conquest of Space, The War of the Worlds [1953])
Rondo Hatton b. 1894 died 2 February 1946 (The Brute Man, House of Horrors, The Spider Woman Strikes Back)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In 2013, the birthday list had only two names, Richard Marquand and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and I chose Morgan in Watchmen. Last year, I made a long argument why I should include a picture of Michelle Ryan instead of Jack Nicholson. This year, it has to be Jack's turn. While there are a lot of well-known faces on today's list, mainly from TV, Jack Nicholson is the only A-List movie star here and he has iconic genre roles, most notably Batman and The Shining.

2. Not much nepotism. Joseph Bottoms is the brother of Timothy Bottoms. Neither one is vastly more famous than the other, so I'm not going to give this the Nepotism FTW label.

3. The Canadians. Just two today, Catherine Mary Stewart and Chris Makepeace, neither of them making that many appearances in the Canadian genre TV shows.

4. Wait... he's dead? I met Mario Machado when I was a kid. He was a newscaster and the voice of soccer for CBS when the American soccer leagues first started. In movies, he almost always played a TV reporter, as he did in all three RoboCop films. I was not aware he was dead.

5. Wait... she's alive? I didn't know Charlotte Rae was still around and more than that, she's still working, not crazy amounts like Betty White but still about a credit a year.  Good for her!

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
Predictor: George Sutherland in his 1901 book Twentieth Century Inventions

Prediction: Almost every seaport town within the tropics--where residents in their houses swelter nightly in the greatest discomfort from the heat--is in close proximity to deep ocean water, in which, at all seasons of the year, the regular temperature is only about thirty-four degrees Fahrenheit. The cost of steel piping strong enough to withstand the pressure of the water in places which possess absolutely the coolest temperature of the ocean would be very heavy; but, on the other hand, the actual reduction of heat demanded for the satisfactory cooling of the air in a dwelling-room is not by any means great, and at quite shallow depths the heat of the air can be satisfactorily abstracted by the sea water surrounding coils of pipes.

Reality: This is a clever idea, but no one ever did it as far as I know. As a prediction I'd say it's a failure, but Sutherland has many ideas no one ever tried that are actually very practical.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We dip once more into that fountain of bad predictions, the Experts Speak. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

21 April 2015

 Birthdays
Frank Dillane b. 1991 (Fear the Walking Dead, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Robbie Amell b. 1988 (The Flash, The Tomorrow People, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins [TV])
Dylan Bruce b. 1980 (Orphan Black, Arrow)
James McAvoy b. 1979 (Victor Frankenstein, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Wanted, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Children of Dune)
Dominic Zamprogna b. 1979 (2012, Smallville, Flash Gordon, Bionic Woman, Battlestar Galactica, Blade: The Series, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis, Odyssey 5, MythQuest, Tales from the Cryptkeeper)
Brian White b. 1975 (Beauty and the Beast [2013], Cabin in the Woods, Moonlight)
Charlie O’Connell b. 1975 (Zombie Family, DateaHuman.com, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, Dude, Where’s My Car, Sliders, The Magicians)
Jennifer Blanc b. 1974 (Malignant, Zombie Family, My Apocalypse, Dark Angel, Early Edition)
Sandy Jobin-Bevans b. 1972 (Run Robot Run, ReGenesis, Dawn of the Dead, PSI Factor: Tales of the Paranormal)
Rob Riggle b. 1970 (Dead Rising: Watchtower)
Toby Stephens b. 1969 (The Machine, Space Cowboys)
Joel de la Fuente b. 1969 (The Man in the High Castle, Hemlock Grove, The Adjustment Bureau, From Other Worlds, Brave New World, Space: Above and Beyond)
Christian Hoff b. 1968 (Millennium, Space: Above and Beyond, Encino Man, Quantum Leap)
Michelle Gomez b. 1966 (Doctor Who, Highlander: The Raven)
John Cameron Mitchell b. 1963 (Freddy’s Nightmares, The Stepford Children, The Twilight Zone [1986])
Roy Dupuis b. 1963 (Hemoglobin, Screamers)
Kate Vernon b. 1961 (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Voyager, Kindred: The Embraced)
Andie MacDowell b. 1958 (Muppets from Space, Multiplicity, Groundhog Day)
James Morrison b. 1954 (The X-Files, Seven Days, Prey, Millennium, Space: Above and Beyond, White Dwarf, Quantum Leap, Monsters, Werewolf, Automan)
Patti LuPone b. 1949 (Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story)
Rod Loomis b. 1942 (Stargate SG-1, Quantum Leap, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Beastmaster, Jason of Star Command)
Souleymane Cisse b. 1940 (director, Brightness)
George DiCenzo b. 1940 died 9 August 2010 (M.A.N.T.I.S., The Exorcist III, Back to the Future, Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Space Academy, Dark Shadows [1970])
Reni Santoni b. 1939 (Quantum Leap, Manimal)
Charles Grodin b. 1935 (The Incredible Shrinking Woman, King Kong [1976], Rosemary’s Baby, Captain Nice, My Mother the Car)
Ray Stewart b. 1932 (Space Raiders, Dark Shadows)
Silvana Mangano b. 1930 died 16 December 1989 (Dune, The Flying Saucer)
Dee Hartford b. 1928 (Land of the Giants, Lost in Space, Batman, The Time Tunnel, Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits)
Anthony Quinn b. 1915 died 3 June 2001 (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Last Action Hero, Treasure Island in Outer Space, The Magus, Sinbad, the Sailor)
Gilbert Taylor b. 1914 died 23 August 2013 (cinematographer, Flash Gordon, Dracula, Star Wars, The Omen)

Notes for the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. In 2013, the birthday list had just two names and I chose Kate Vernon for Battlestar Galactica. Last year, the list was longer and the Picture Slot went to James McAvoy, iconic in both the X-Men and Narnia film franchises. This year, I decided to go with Michelle Gomez in her recurring role as Missy from Doctor Who. There are some other well known names - Anthony Quinn, Patti LuPone, Andie MacDowell - but none are particularly iconic in genre. For fabulous babe-ness, Howard Hawks' former wife Dee Hartford would be a great choice and I snuck in a picture of her with Otto Preminger last December.  As pretty as she was, she wasn't truly iconic. Another fair choice would have been Dylan Bruce in his recurring role from Orphan Black.

2. Nepotism or not. Charlie O'Connell is the brother of Jerry O'Connell. The main nepotistic event in their careers is Charlie being cast as Jerry's brother on Sliders.

3. Canadians to spot. There are five Canadians today. The two older ones, Roy Dupuis and Sandy Jovan-Bevins, are hard to spot. The three younger ones are a little easier and I leave it as an exercise to the reader.

4. Wait... he's dead? George DiCenzo is an Oh That Guy actor, possibly best known as Vincent Bugliosi in the TV movie version of Helter Skelter. He died five years ago of sepsis at the age of 70. I was not consciously aware of it.

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


Predictor: The Long Game, an episode from the first 21st Century season of Doctor Who, aired 21 April 2005

Prediction:In 2019, the microprocessor is replaced by SMT Single Molecular Transfer technology.

Reality: Well, tempus certainly has a way of fugit-ing, doesn't it? We are now ten years into the 21st Century re-boot of Doctor Who. As for the prediction, it's a small throwaway bit of exposition in a story that takes place much farther in the future. I can't be sure of what computer technology will look like in four years, but Moore's Law shouldn't take us down to the size of single molecules just yet.

 Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to 1901 with our sensible pal George Sutherland.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

20 April 2015

Birthdays
Alex Black b. 1989 (Spider-Man, Charmed)
John Patrick Amedori b. 1987 (TiMER, The Butterfly Effect)
Billy Magnussen b. 1985 (Into the Woods, The Leftovers)
Matt Sadowski-Austin b. 1978 (Dawn of the Dead, Power Rangers)
Daniel Stamm b. 1976 (director, Intruders, The Last Exorcism)
Viv Leacock b. 1974 (Almost Human, Continuum, Eureka, Smallville, Fringe, Hot Tub Time Machine, 2012, Supernatural)
Carmen Electra b. 1972 (The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, An American Vampire Story)
Shemar Moore b. 1970 (Birds of Prey)
William deVry b. 1968 (Hemlock Grove, Beauty and the Beast [2013], Stargate SG-1, Earth: Final Conflict, The Lost World [TV], Poltergeist: The Legacy, SeaQuest 2032)
Andy Serkis b. 1964 (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla [2014], The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Inkheart, Lord of the Rings, The Prestige, King Kong [2005])
Crispin Glover b. 1964 (Hot Tub Time Machine, Alice in Wonderland, Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale, Beowulf, The Wizard of Gore, Back to the Future, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)
Tim Maculan b. 1963 (Spider-Man 3, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, NightMan)
Paris Vaughan b. 1961 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer [movie])
Mike Pniewski b, 1961 (Resurrection, Coma, From the Earth to the Moon, Superboy, Beauty and the Beast [1989], Spaceballs, The Twilight Zone [1986])
Nicholas Lyndhurst b. 1961 (Gulliver’s Travels [1996 TV], The Tomorrow People [1978], Peter Pan [1976 TV])
Clint Howard b. 1959 (Life with Zombies, The Lords of Salem, Blood Reign: The Third Reich, Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian, Halloween, Star Trek: Enterprise, Total Recall 2070, From the Earth to the Moon, Apollo 13, Deep Space Nine, Leprechaun 2, Space Rangers, Carnosaur, The Rocketeer, Cocoon, Splash, Star Trek)
Yuji Okumoto b. 1959 (Z Nation, Grimm, Inception, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, The Sorcerers, Lois & Clark, Robot Wars)
Geraint Wyn Davies b. 1957 (ReGenesis, Cube2: Hypercube, RoboCop: Prime Directives, Forever, Knight, Highlander, Dracula: The Series, Bionic Showdown)
Louise Jameson b. 1951 (Doctor Who, Space: 1999)
Jessica Lange b. 1949 (American Horror Story, Neverwas, King Kong [1976])
Veronica Cartwright b. 1949 (Resurrection, Eastwick, The Invasion, Invasion [TV], The X-Files, Sliders, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, The Witches of Eastwick, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978], Twilight Zone)
Gregory Itzin b. 1948 (Once Upon a Time, Star Trek: Enterprise, Firefly, Evolution, Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Millennium, Quantum Leap, Eerie, Indiana, Hi, Honey, I’m Dead, Max Headroom, Teen Wolf, Voyagers!, Mork & Mindy)
Michael Brandon b. 1945 (Captain America: The First Avenger, Doctor Who, Dinotopia)
Judith O’Dea b. 1945 (Night of the Living Dead)
Ian Watson b. 1943 (writer and editor)
James Gammon b. 1940 died 16 July 2010 (Altered, The Cell, Monster Squad, Batman, The Invaders, Captain Nice)
George Takei b. 1937 (Star Trek, Lost Girl, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, The Chronicle, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Oblivion 1 and 2, Beyond Westworld, The Six Million Dollar Man, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone, Rodan, Godzilla Raids Again)
Gary Raymond b. 1935 (UFO, Jason and the Argonauts, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
Robert DoQui b. 1934 died 9 February 2008 (Deep Space Nine, RoboCop 1, 2, and 3, Starman [TV], My Science Project, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchack: The Night Stalker, I Dream of Jeannie, The Outer Limits)
George R. Robertson b. 1933 (Haven, War of the Worlds [TV], The Twilight Zone [1989], Marooned, Rosemary’s Baby)
Nina Foch b. 1924 died 5 December 2008 (Alien Nation: Dark Horizon, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Outer Limits)
Leslie Phillips b. 1924 (Harry Potter, Aladdin [2000 YV], Cinderella [2000 TV], Tales from the Crypt, The Canterville Ghost, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man [TV], The Gamma People)
Terry Maloney b. 1917 died 16 March 2008 (artist, New Worlds)
Bruce Cabot b. 1904 died 3 May 1972 (King Kong [1933])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot and musings on nepotism. Previous Picture Slotters are George Takei and Jessica Lange. Avoiding repetition, other iconic choices would be Judith O'Dea from Night of the Living Dead, Crispin Glover from Back to the Future and possibly Andy Serkis, though Serkis' most famous roles are as basis for CGI in Peter Jackson films. The winner this year is Clint Howard as the creepy drunk alien that almost destroys the Enterprise just because he's bored. Both he and Veronica Cartwright are siblings of child stars whose careers took off before theirs did. Clint is the younger brother of Ron, Veronica is the older sister of Angela, best known now for Lost in Space. The thing is, all four of these folks are still working steadily well into their fifties and sixties, which is definitely not the average career arc for child actors. For all his good work, I still think of Clint as Ron's weird looking kid brother and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this.

2. Spot the Canadians! Quite often, our Canadian actors are in their twenties or thirties, but today we have quite a spread in ages, with George R. Robertson, Geraint Wyn Davies (born in Wales, family moved to Canada when he was a kid), William deVry, Viv Leacock and Matt Sadowski-Astin.

3. Wait... they're dead? There are two Oh That Guy actors on the list I didn't know were gone. James Gammon might be best known as the manager in Major League and Robert DoQui is the African American actor who played Sgt. Reed in the RoboCop movies.

4. MST3K. George R. Robertson was in Marooned, one of the biggest budget films ever to get the MST3K treatment.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
   
Predictor: The OMNI Future Alamanac published in 1982

Prediction: Five species likely to go extinct in the next fifty years are the African Elephant, the Grizzly Bear, the Sperm Whale, the Mountain Gorilla and the Whooping Crane.

Reality: Technically, we are only 33 years into these predictions, so it's a little early to say how good they are. The Whooping Crane has been endangered since I was a kid and still is, with less than 500 creatures currently alive. On the brighter side, the number of gorillas in the wild is considered to be about 100,000 and African Elephants number near 700,000. All of these creatures are still listed on endangered species lists though the Grizzly Bear is now in the category called Least Concern, which is as good as the news gets for these species. I couldn't find approximate numbers for the current Sperm Whale population, but they are listed as Vulnerable, the least severe sub-category of Threatened.

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The regular schedule is interrupted by a prediction of future tech from Doctor Who.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

19 April 2015

 Birthdays
Simu Liu b. 1989 (Omega, Beauty and the Beast [2015], Warehouse 13)
Jai Courtney b. 1986 (Divergent, I, Frankenstein)
Hayden Christensen b. 1981 (Star Wars, Jumper, Forever Knight, Harrison Bergeron)
James Franco b. 1978 (This is the End, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet, Spider-Man, The X-Files)
Alexis Thorpe b. 1980 (Nightmare City 2035, The Man from Earth)
Jamison Haase b. 1974 (The Last Ship, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Awake)
Radim Kalvoda b. 1973 (The Brothers Grimm)
Jennifer Taylor b. 1972 (Zombie Night, 100,000 Zombie Heads, Charmed)
Ashley Judd b. 1968 (Insurgent, Divergent, Tooth Fairy, Bug, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Shane Daly b. 1966 (Kick-Ass 2, Alphas, Mutant X. Witchblade, Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Earth: Final Conflict)
Patricia Charbonneau b. 1959 (Strange World, SeaQuest 2032, RoboCop 2, Brain Dead)
Steve Antin b. 1958 (Misfits of Science)
Moira Sinise b. 1954 (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
Dennis Dun b. 1952 (Charmed, Prince of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China, Beauty and the Beast)
Tim Curry b. 1946 (Alice [2009], The Secret of Moonacre, Wolf Girl, Addams Family Reunion, Doom Runners, Lexx, Congo, Earth 2, The Shadow, It, The Worst Witch, Legend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Elinor Donohue b. 1937 (The Invaders [1995 TV movie], Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Mork & Mindy, Star Trek)
Dudley Moore b. 1935 died 27 March 2002 (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [1972])
Ox Baker b. 1934 died 20 October 2014 (Escape from New York)
Garfield Morgan b. 1931 died 5 December 2009 (28 Weeks Later, Out of This World)
Rhodes Reason b. 1930 died 26 December 2014 (Star Trek, King Kong Escapes, The Time Tunnel)
Dick Sargent b. 1930 died 8 July 1994 (Harry and the Hendersons, Teen Witch, The Clonus Horror, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Beast with a Million Eyes)
Hugh O’Brian b. 1925 (Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Rocketship X-M)
Pearl Shear b. 1918 died 27 July 2009 (Doctor Mordrid, Max Headroom, The Invisible Man [1975], I Dream of Jeannie, The Addams Family)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In earlier years, the Picture Spot was given to Hayden Christensen and Tim Curry. Of the remaining list, I felt Dick Sargent as the second Darrin Stevens was most iconic.

2. The Canadians, pre-spotted for your convenience. There are three Canuck birthdays today, none all that obvious. Simu Liu was born in China but is described as a Canadian actor on imdb.com. Hayden Christensen was born north of the border, but his credit list doesn't make that obvious. Shane Daly is the Canadian most easily spotted, but even he is not very easy.

3. Nepotism more or less. Ashley Judd is the daughter of Naomi Judd and younger sister of Wynonna. I'm not sure how much clout that has in Hollywood.

4. Wait... he's still alive? Happy 90th birthday, Hugh O'Brian! His inclusion on this birthday list means we have a movie that got the MST3K treatment, Rocketship X-M. Yay!

5. Missed obits. There are two actors who died while this blog has been in existence. Ox Baker was a wrestler with only one genre credit and had I known he had died, I still might not give him a Never to be Forgotten post. Rhodes Reason, on the other hand, had three genre credits, including a major guest star role on Star Trek.

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

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


Predictor: The NBA experts at ESPN

Prediction: The consensus winners of the eight first round match-ups in the 2015 playoffs.

Warriors over Pelicans in 5
Rockets over Mavericks in 7
Spurs over Clippers in 7
Grizzlies over Trail Blazers in 6
Hawks over Nets in 5
Cavs over Celtics in 5
Bulls over Bucks in 5
Raptors over Wizards in 5


Reality: The way I'll score the predictions is as follows.

Correct team and correct number of games: 10 points
Correct team and one away from correct number of games: 9 points
Correct team and two away correct number of games: 8 points
Correct team and three away number of games: 7 points
Incorrect team in a predicted seven game series that goes seven games: 5 points

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Is tomorrow Monday already? Another chance to check the OMNI Future Almanac.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

18 April 2015

 Birthdays
Mia Stallard b. 1996 (Paul, The Eye, Undead of Alive: A Zombedy)
Chloe Bennet b. 1992 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Britt Robertson b. 1990 (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome, Power Rangers Time Force)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley b. 1987 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road [2015])
Laura Mennell b. 1980 (Haven, Alphas, Smallville, Supernatural, Fringe, Eureka, Watchmen, Flash Gordon [TV], Fallen, The 4400, Stargate: Atlantis, Andromeda, Millennium)
Ethan Cohn b. 1979 (Intelligence, The Amazing Spider-Man, Alice in Wonderland [2010], Heroes, Lady in the Water)
Bryce Johnson b. 1977 (Supernatural)
Melissa Joan Hart b. 1976 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Martin Papazian b. 1976 (The Amazing Spider-Man, Bats: Human Harvest, Supernatural, The Island, Charmed)
Sean Maguire b. 1976 (Once Upon a Time, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Prince Charming)
Edgar Wright b. 1974 (director, The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead)
Eli Roth b. 1972 (Clown, Piranha 3D, Southland Tales, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, The Lost World: Jurassic Park)
David Tennant b. 1971 (Doctor Who, Fright Night, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Quatermass Experiment [2005])
David Hewlett b. 1968 (Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Stargate, Splice, Mutant X, Cube, Forever Knight, My Secret Identity)
Luis Albert Acevedo b. 1968 (From Dusk Till Dawn [TV], The Invisible Man [2002])
Maria Bello b. 1967 (Demonic, Touch, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)
Camille Coduri b. 1965 (Doctor Who)
Eric McCormack b. 1963 (Alien Trespass, The Andromeda Strain, Free Enterprise, Highlander [TV], The Lost World)
Benedict Taylor b. 1960 (Star Wars: Episode I, The Watcher in the Woods)
Karen Mayo-Chandler b. 1958 died 11 July 2006 (Dark Planet, 976-Evil II, Explorers)
Melody Thomas Scott b. 1956 (Piranha, The Fury, The Car)
Eric Roberts b. 1956 (Sharktopus, Heroes, Pandemic, Witchblade, The Dark Knight, Doctor Who, so much low budget crap I can’t even count it all)
Rick Moranis b. 1953 (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and sequels, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors)
James Woods b. 1947 (Coma [2012 TV], Vampires [1998], Contact, Cat’s Eye, Videodrome)
Cindy Pickett b. 1947 (Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time, Sleepwalkers, DeepStar Six, Amerika)
Robert Hooks b. 1937 (M.A.N.T.I.S., The Flash, V [1985], Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Time Express)
Arlene Martel b. 1936 died 12 August 2014 (Battlestar Galactica [1978], Dracula’s Dog, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone)
James Drury b. 1934 (Men Into Space, Forbidden Planet)
Clive Revill b. 1930 (Lois & Clark, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, C.H.U.D. II, Rumplestiltskin, Twilight Zone [1986], Wizards and Warriors, Death Ray 2000, The Empire Strikes Back, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, The Little Prince, The Legend of Hell House)
Gunter Meisner b. 1926 died 5 December 1994 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Boys from Brazil)
Bob Hastings b. 1925 died 30 June 2014 (The Greatest American Hero, The Munsters’ Revenge, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, The Amazing Spider-Man [TV], Kolchak: The Night Stalker, I Dream of Jeannie, The Bamboo Saucer, Batman [TV], The Munsters, Twilight Zone, Moon Pilot, Atom Squad, Captain Video and his Video Rangers)
Nigel Kneale b. 1922 died 29 October 2006 (author, Quatermass)
Frank R. Paul b. 1884 died 29 June 1963 (artist)
Noble Johnson b. 1881 died 9 January 1978 (Lost Horizon, She, The Son of Kong, King Kong, The Mummy, The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu, The Thief of Bagdad)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot belonged to David Tennant and artwork be Frank R. Paul. We also have two people who have had Never to be Forgotten posts, Bob Hastings and Arlene Martel. Other iconic choices include Rick Moranis from Spaceballs or Ghostbusters, Laura Mennel from Alphas, Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina or maybe James Woods simply because of recognition value, but instead I went Whedonverse nerd and chose Chloe Bennett from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I wasn't aware that her earlier career was as a Chinese language pop princess. I am clearly not in the demographic.

2. Nepotism FTW. Should siblings count as nepotism? If one is way more famous than the other, like Sylvester and Frank Stallone, I would say yes. On the other hand, Eric Roberts was in the business before his sister Julia, and while she is an A-list star, Eric Roberts currently has 378 credits on imdb.com, which is an insane number.

He has more credits listed as "completed" but still not released than other people on today's list have credits. 

He has more credits than John Carradine did in his entire career.

I brought this up last year on his birthday and I still can't quite wrap my head around it.

3. Three Canadians, one pre-spotted for your convenience. Eric McCormack from Will & Grace is Canadian, though his credit list doesn't make that clear. There are two other Canadians that I think folks should be able to spot, so I will leave it as an exercise to the reader to find them.

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


Predictor: Morris L. Ernst in the 1955 book Utopia 1976

Prediction: The standard work week in 1976 will be 30 hours.

Reality: Yeah, um... no.

Meet Morris L. Ernst, our latest regular. Most of his predictions are based on this first incorrect prediction, contemplating how Americans will use all this newly earned free time. Mr. Ernst is a snob and a scold and believes society as a whole will do Good Things with the extra ten hours a week, not Bad Things. We will learn more about his definitions of Good and Bad in the months to come. Suffice it to say, I don't think Ernst and I would have been pals.

The top of his resume looks pretty good to a lefty like me, as Ernst is the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. The thing is, the ACLU was a much tamer organization at the beginning that it turned out to be after Ernst gave up the reins. He was a hob-nobber in Manhattan society and pals with J. Edgar Hoover, the number one reason I don't think much of him. Ernst was of the opinion that people and not groups had civil liberties, so he never defended Communists and did his best to make sure they weren't even members of the ACLU. This is a far cry from the organization that defended the rights of neo-Nazis to march in Skokie, Illinois. He did defend James Joyce's Ulysses from charges of obscenity, but this would fall under his view of Good Things. If the ACLU had stayed as staid as Ernst, they never would have defended Hustler against Jerry Falwell, a case that went to the Supreme Court and was decided 8-0 in favor of the magazine.

So I welcome Mr. Ernst to the fold of predictors. On my spectrum of Bad Predictors and Good Predictors, he's much closer to FroMo-2030 than to the sainted John Elfreth Watkins, but he should be good for a few laughs in the following months.

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A preview of the ESPN expert predictions for the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

17 April 2015

Birthdays
Paulie Litt b. 1995 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Speed Racer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood b. 1987 (Arrow, Final Destination 5)
Luke Mitchell b. 1985 (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Tomorrow People, H2O: Just Add Water, Cryptopticon)
Rooney Mara b. 1985 (Pan, Her, A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Jorgelina Guadalupe Airaldi b. 1984 (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
Susie Amy b. 1981 (Vampire Killers, Dark Realm)
Nicholas D’Agosto b. 1980 (Gotham, Final Destination 5, Heroes, Supernatural, Psycho Beach Party)
Travis Young b. 1979 (Resurrection, The Walking Dead, Remnants, The Vampire Diaries, Monster Beach Party)
Alex Nesic b. 1976 (Angel)
Monet Mazur b. 1976 (Mystery Men, Addams Family Values)
Jennifer Garner b. 1972 (Elektra, Daredevil [2003], Dude, Where’s My Car?)
Michael Teh b. 1969 (Sleepy Hollow [2013], Sharknado, Alien Rising, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus)
Henry Ian Cusick b. 1967 (The 100, Fringe, Lost)
William Mapother b. 1965 (Constantine, American Horror Story, Another Earth, I (heart) Vampires, Lost, Threshold, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky)
Lela Rochon b. 1964 (Meteor Man)
Joel Murray b. 1963 (Bloodsucking Bastards, Encino Woman, Scrooged)
Don Michael Paul b. 1963 (The Island, Robot Wars)
Carlo Rota b. 1961 (Grimm, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Pegasus vs. Chimera, SGU Stargate Universe, Relic Hunter, Mission to Mars, Earth: Final Conflict, Total Recall 2070, Highlander: The Raven, Forever Knight, TekWar: TekLab)
Sean Bean b. 1959 (The Martian, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Jupiter Ascending, Mirror Mirror, Percy Jackson, Game of Thrones, The Island, Lord of the Rings)
Kristine Sutherland b. 1955 (Buffy, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
Roddy Piper b. 1954 (They Live, RoboCop [TV], Highlander, Superboy, Hell Comes to Frogtown)
Olivia Hussey b. 1951 (It, Escape 2000)
Diane Fletcher b. 1944 (A.I. Artificial Intelligence)
David Bradley b. 1942 (Harry Potter, The World’s End, Game of Thrones, The Strain, An Adventure in Space and Time, Doctor Who, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Sarah Jane Chronicles)
Ron Miller b. 1933 (producer, TRON, The Watcher in the Woods, The Black Hole, The Cat from Outer Space, Escape to Witch Mountain, Son of Flubber)
Michael Forest b. 1929 (Seven Days, King Kong Lives, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, The Deadly Mantis)
Gordon Rollings b. 1926 died 7 June 1985 (Superman II and III, Jabberwocky, Night Creatures)
William Holden b. 1918 died 16 November 1981 (Damien: Omen II)
Paul Langton b. 1913 died 15 April 1980 (The Immortal, Twilight Zone, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Invisible Invaders, The Cosmic Man)
Arthur Lake b. 1906 died 9 January 1987 (Topper [1937])

Note on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. The previous Picture Slotters were Sean Bean and Jennifer Garner. Removing them from consideration, the top candidates to my mind are Kristine Sutherland from Buffy, Roddy Piper from They Live and the winner, Michael Forest as Apollo from Star Trek. Mr. Forest gets the nod because he is also The Guy at the Door, the oldest living person on the list and no one younger than him is dead. As is the custom of the blog, we give special best birthday wishes to anyone in that particular situation.

2. Degrees of nepotism. Joel Murray has a career of his own, likely best known as Freddy Rumson on Mad Men. but you'll notice he was in Scrooged, which starred his big brother Bill Murray. William Mapother also has a career that stands on its own, but you'll notice roles early in Minority Report and Vanilla Sky, which starred his more famous cousin Tom Cruise. Rooney Mara is from the family that owns the New York Giants football team, but I doubt that pulled many strings in Hollywood. The producer Ron Miller was married for a time to Walt Disney's daughter.

3. Canadians real and faux. Carlo Rota was born in England, moved to Canada for a while and is now working out of Los Angeles. The one person actually born north of the border is Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, though it's hard to tell from her credit list.

4. MST3K. Our Guy at the Door also showed up in two movies that got the MST3K treatment, The Deadly Mantis and Viking Women and the Sea Serpent.

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

Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1902 book Anticipations

Prediction: One will subscribe to a news agency which will wire all the stuff one cares to have so violently fresh, into a phonographic recorder perhaps, in some convenient corner. There the thing will be in every house, beside the barometer, to hear or ignore.

With the separation of that function what is left of the newspaper will revert to one daily edition--daily, I think, because of the power of habit to make the newspaper the specific business of some definite moments in the day; the breakfast hour, I suppose, or the "up-to-town" journey with most Englishmen now. Quite possibly some one will discover some day that there is now machinery for folding and fastening a paper into a form that will not inevitably get into the butter, or lead to bitterness in a railway carriage. This pitch of development reached, I incline to anticipate daily papers much more like the _Spectator_ in form than these present mainsails of our public life. They will probably not contain fiction at all, and poetry only rarely, because no one but a partial imbecile wants these things in punctual daily doses, and we are anticipating an escape from a period of partial imbecility.

Reality: News you can hear of course did happen and used the technology of radio, already invented by the time Wells wrote this, though next to no one saw how big it would become.

As for the newspaper being devoid of fiction, here Wells is deriding the comics section, which was a mainstay of newspapers throughout the 20th Century. For that reason alone, I have a compulsion to revive Wells from the dead just long enough to smack him one upside his head.


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The introduction of a new regular set of predictions from 1955, good news about the paradise to come in 1976.


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