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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1897: Franz Spencer a.k.a. Franz Schulz, who wrote the original story for the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1912: Karl Malden, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
1931: William Shatner, who has been parodied in host segments in several episodes.*
1935: M. Emmet Walsh, who played Whitley in the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME.*
1936: Roger Whittaker, who was played by Kevin Murphy in a host segment in episode 903- THE PUMAMAN.*
1948: Andrew Lloyd Webber, the inspiration for the “Andrew Lloyd Webber grill” invention exchange in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1966: Everett Glass (age 74), who played Timmek in the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1972: Clarence Marks (age 78), dialogue director for the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1973: Billy Dix (age 61), who played Duke in the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1975: Paul Verhoeven (age 73), who played the gravedigger in the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1986: Derek Farr (age 74), who played Inspector Davis in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1992: Jack H. Young (age 81), who did the special effects make-up for the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
2002: Josef Von Stroheim (age 79), who did the sound for the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
2006: Kenneth Peach Jr. (age 75), camera operator for the TV movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
2007: Angus Duncan (age 70) who played Sir James in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1967: The movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN is reviewed in Variety.
1995: MST3K’S LITTLE GOLD STATUE PREVIEW SPECIAL airs on Comedy Central.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1893: Edward Cassidy, who played the father in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1904: Edward Cronjager, cinematographer for the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1908: Viktor Vitkovich, screenwriter for the movie “Sampo,” seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1918: Verna Fields, editor of the American version for the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1923: Philip Abbott, who played Frank Morrison in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.
1930: James Coco, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 422- DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1963: Shawon Dunston, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 318- FUGITIVE ALIEN.*
1994: Richelle Hurtado, who appeared as “Jonathan Cooper Baby” in the movie in episode 1003- MERLIN’S SHOP OF MYSTICAL WONDERS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1959: Merrill G. White (age 57), editor of the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1966: Franco Lolli (age 55), art director for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1979: Sigmund Neufeld (age 82), producer of the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER and 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1992: John Ireland (age 78), who played Cane Miro in the movie in episode 511- GUNSLINGER.
1993: Fred B. Phillips (age 84), makeup artist for the TV-movie seen in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
2009: Bob Arbogast (age 81), who provided the voices during the seance scene in the movie in episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
2013: Robert Nichols (age 88), who played Joe Wilson in THIS ISLAND EARTH seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
2016: Peter Brown (age 80), who played Ron in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
2018: Anna-Lisa (age 85), who played Dr. Sigrid Bomark in the movie in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1998: episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1956: Ernest Borgnine, who played the grandfather in the movie in episode 1003- MERLIN’S SHOP OF MYSTICAL WONDERS, wins an Oscar for “Marty.”
1956: The movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show, is reviewed in Variety.
1969: The movie “Gamera Tai Daiakuju Giron” featured in episode 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON has its premiere in Japan, its country of origin.
1998: Rick Baker wins his fifth Oscar for “Men in Black.” He was the sfx make-up craftsman for episodes 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, 1007- TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST and 1012- SQUIRM.
2000: Rhino Home Video releases episode 202- SIDEHACKERS, 607- BLOODLUST! and 606- THE CREEPING TERROR on VHS.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Episode that Made you a MSTie

An exchange in another comment thread found “SaveFerris” coommenting on “Terry the Sensitive Knight’s comment about “the episode that made me a MSTie.” SF’s comment: “THERE’S your Weekend Discussion Thread, Sampo.

And so it shall be. Mine was “Women of the Prehistoric Planet. Hi-Keeba! I was never the same.

What’s yours?

Weekend Discussion Thread: MSTed Movie You’d Like to Live In

Alert reader Charles asks (Have we done this? I’ve long since given up trying to keep track):

Which MST episode world would you like to either live in or visit? I’m a sci fi freak, but strangely attracted to the world of “I Accuse My Parents.” A place and time where I could be a drunk, smoking and swinging parent 24/7. I don’t think I would last very long though. Better off to share a Coke with Bigfoot.

For me (you may already guess), any reality where Batwoman is around is okay by me.

What’s your pick?