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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1825: Johann Strauss, whose “Blue Danube” waltz was heard in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
1881: Pablo Picasso, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.
1887: Cecil Elliott, who played the train gossip in the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1901: William Ruhl, who played a cop in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1903: Larry Johns, who played Dr. Wernher in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1909: Whit Bissell, who played Dr. Alfred Brandon in the movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF and Stanley Briggs in the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1909: True Boardman, screenwriter for the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1912: Ignazio Balsamo, who played Henchman X2 in the movie “Il Raggio Infernale,” seen in episode 620- DANGER!! DEATH RAY.
1915: Holger Harrivirta, assistant director and editor of the movie in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1919: Rico Alaniz, who played Sgt. Luis Murillo in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1924: Billy Barty, who played the imp in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
1925: Glyn Houston, who played the carnival barker in the movie CIRCUS OF HORRORS, featured in the Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour in 2019.
1928: Tony Franciosa, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
1930: Audrey Blasdel, script supervisor for the movies in episodes 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.*
1944: Mary Catherine “Taffy” Danoff of Starland Vocal Band, which was mentioned in a host segment in episode 414- TORMENTED.*
1944: Jon Anderson, , co-author of the song “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” discussed in a host segment in in episode 1008- FINAL JUSTICE.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1971: Charles G. Schelling (age 52), the soundtrack editor for the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1986: Forrest Tucker (age 67), who played Alan Brooks in the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.
1991: John Stratton (age 65), who played Victor in the movie in episode 807- TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000.
1992: Dave Lewis (age 83), screenwriter for the movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE.
1992: Roger Miller (age 56; lung cancer), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.
1995: David Healy (age 66), who did the voices of supporting characters for the TV series “Captain Scarlet,” episodes of which were seen in episode K02- REVENGE OF THE MYSTERONS. He was also the voice of the radio announcer in the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
1995: Tennis pro Bobby Riggs (age 77), who was parodied in a host segment in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE.
2002: Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith (age 47; complications from drug addiction), who played a model in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN and Kathy Farley in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.
2002: Sen. Paul Wellstone (age 58; plane crash), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON.
2013: Nigel Davenport (age 85), who played Ernest Hubbs in the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1948: The play “Casual Company” opens in a small theater in L.A. and receives only one review … a very bad one. The play’s director and author was Edward D. Wood Jr. The play also starred Paul Marco (who played Kelton the cop in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER).



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Alan Hawkshaw, RIP

ENGLAND — Alan Hawkshaw, who composed music for 35 films and many television shows, died at a hospital here on Oct. 16. He was 84.
He also composed tunes for the pop group The Shadows which toured with the Rolling Stones. He was also sampled by many artists, including rapper Jay-Z.
MSTies will remember his work on the music that was used in the short PROGRESS ISLAND U.S.A., featured in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS.

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RIP Bob Herron

Stuntman Bob Herron, who did stunts for on films such as “Diamonds Are Forever,” “L.A. Confidential” and “Batman Forever” died Oct. 10. He was 97.

MSTies may be aware that he wore monster suits in the movies in episodes 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE (he also did stunts in the latter film).

Thanks to Gordon for the heads up.