Saturday, August 30, 2014

30 August 2014

Jessica Henwick b. 1992 (Game of Thrones)
Johanna Braddy b. 1987 (Video Game High School, Paranormal Activity 3, The Grudge 3)
Emily Montague b. 1984 (Fright Night)
Max Hoffman b. 1984 (Hook)
Angel Coulby b. 1980 (Merlin, Doctor Who)
Elden Hanson b. 1977 (Daredevil [TV], The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Rise: Blood Hunter, The Butterfly Effect, Evil Alien Conquerors, Idle Hands, Amazing Stories)
Cameron Diaz b. 1972 (Shrek, The Green Hornet, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky, Being John Malkovich, The Mask)
Michael Chiklis b. 1963 (American Horror Story, Fantastic Four, No Ordinary Family, Rise: Blood Hunter, Soldier)
Nelson Ascencio b. 1964 (The Hunger Games, Paul, Birds of Prey)
Frank Conniff b. 1958 (Space Hospital, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Invader ZIM)
David Paymer b. 1954 (Drag Me to Hell, Mighty Joe Young, Night of the Creeps, Howard the Duck, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Greatest American Hero)
Timothy Bottoms b. 1951 (Realm of the Mole Men, Vampire Bats, The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes, Land of the Lost [1991-2], Freddy’s Nightmares, The Twilight Zone [1988], Mio in the Land of the Faraway, Deadly Nightmares, Invaders From Mars [1986])
Peggy Lipton b. 1946 (The Postman, Deadly Nightmares, Purple People Eater, The Invaders, Bewitched)
Elizabeth Ashley b. 1939 (Vampire’s Kiss, Deadly Nightmares, A Fire in the Sky, Coma, The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping)
Don Pedro Colley b. 1938 (Piranha, Space Academy, The Bionic Woman, THX 1138, Beneath the Planet of the Apes)
Peter Cartwright b. 1935 died 18 November 2013 (Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hammer House of Horror)
Bill Daily b. 1927 (Horrorween, Alligator II: The Mutation, The Munsters Today, ALF, Small & Frye, The Powers of Matthew Star, I Dream of Jeannie, My Mother the Car, Bewitched)
Fred MacMurray b. 1908 died 5 November 1991 (The Swarm, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, Son of Flubber, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog)
Joan Blondell b. 1906 died 25 December 1979 (The Twilight Zone)
Mary Shelley b. 1797 died 1 February 1851 (author, Frankenstein)

Last year, the Picture Slot belonged to Frank Conniff because I'm a big MST3K fan. This year it's a picture of Mary Shelley, whose novel has inspired hundreds of adaptations and variations on the theme on film and TV. Next year is anyone's guess, though Jessica Henwick is an early front runner. She plays one of the Sand Snakes, characters who will be introduced in the next season of Game of Thrones.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Past Tense, episode from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, first aired 2 January 1995

Prediction: Capt. Sisko and other crew members travel back in time to San Francisco August 30, 2024. In the next few days, the riots in the Sanctuary district - the place in the city where the homeless are warehoused - will have widespread political repercussions. The events are named the Bell Riots, for Gabriel Bell, the leader who was able to minimize violence and guarantee the safety of the hostages.

Reality: This story line was pushed about thirty years into the future and we are now about two thirds of the way to 2024. We don't "warehouse" the homeless yet, and in San Francisco, I can't imagine the city could talk real estate developers anywhere inside the city limits to agree to give up their valuable property for such a scheme.

Thanks to my friend and reader Art Velasquez for reminding me about this story line.
Never to be Forgotten: 
Norma McCarty 1920-2014
Once again, the news travels slowly about some obituaries, and such is the case for Norma McCarty, the widow of Ed Wood Jr. Ms. McCarty died in June of this year but I only saw her obituary this week.

She has a total of three roles listed on She was an extra on several episodes of The Adventures of Superman and Perry Mason, and she played the stewardess Edith in her husband's best known work, Plan 9 From Outer Space. In the 1980s, Michael and Harry Medved declared it was "the worst movie ever made" and it became notorious. As a fan of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, I can think of plenty of low budget films just as inept and some that are much harder to watch, Red Zone Cuba, Tormented and Manos: The Hands of Fate to name just three. There are also many very bad movies made with budgets hundreds if not thousands of times greater. But if it were not for the Medved's pompous claim, Ed Wood could easily have stayed as obscure as many other low budget auteurs from the 1950s and 1960s, and the name of his widow would not be worth a mention.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Norma McCarty, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

You know what we haven't had in ever so long? A good old nuclear holocaust. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Appreciate the h/t and the new tag, Prof.

    The main problem with the prediction here is that the writers of "Past Tense" underestimated the cockroach-like resiliency of wealthy real-estate developers. If neither the tech bubble of the 1990s nor the housing bubble of the 2000s could "encourage" them to give land away for a homeless camp in San Francisco, nothing will.

    Alas, it appears that the public will to (ahem) put away (/ahem) the poor in America has grown since 1995. The writers of "Past Tense" still have every chance to nail that part of the prediction.

    1. Thanks again for the tip, Art.

      Unless the private prison system is involved, I think the poor will be "put away" any time in the near future.


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