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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1904: John Brown, who did the voice of Ro-Man and Ro-Man’s leader in the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1922: Elmer Bernstein, who, among the many movies he has scored, composed the music in the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1923: Dorothy Ford, who played a stripper in the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1927: Robert F. Slatzer, director and screenwriter for the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS in which he also played Mr. Adrian.
1928: Maya Angelou, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1940: John William Galt, who played a NASA officer in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.*
1942: Omero Capanna, who played one of Kobras’ men in the movie in episode 903- THE PUMAMAN and had an uncredited role as a spaceship guard in the movie in episode 1106- STARCRASH.
1942: Journalist Kitty Kelley, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”*
1953: Paul Gentry, who did the laser effects for the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST and was a producer and director visual effects for the movie in episode 1204- THE DAY TIME ENDED.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1950: Edgar Lyons (age 55), cinematographer for the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1970: Byron Foulger (age 70), who played a railroad conductor in the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET and Mr. Matthews in the movie in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT.
1995: Shawn Smith a.k.a. Shirley Patterson (age 72), who played Elaine in the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1999: Faith Domergue (age 74), who played Dr. Ruth Adams in THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
2001: Artist and custom car designer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (age 69), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 324- MASTER NINJA 2.
2007: Gary Gray (age 69), who played Tommy Blake in the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
2018: Soon-Tek Oh (age 85), who played Mr. Lika in the movie in episode 322- MASTER NINJA I.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1998: episode 903- THE PUMAMAN first shown.


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Two RIPs

A couple notable deaths:

* Nazzareno “Neno” Zamperla (age 82), who did stunts for the movies in episodes 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED and 502- HERCULES, died in Italy March 19.
This Italian website has the news in Italian, but Google was able to haltingly translate.
Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

* Kenny Rogers (age 81), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 414- TORMENTED. The New York Times has the story.