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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1883: Coco Chanel, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.
1894: Harvey B. Dunn, who played the grandpa Morgan in the movie in episode 404- TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, police Capt. Robbins in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and angry taxpayer Mr. Romaine in the movie in episode 613- THE SINISTER URGE.
1909: Frank Tipper, visual effects animator for the movie THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1910: Jun Tazaki, who played the base commander in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.
1915: Herman Stein, score collaborator for the movies in episodes 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and THIS ISLAND EARTH, riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1931: James Crabe, camera operator for the movie in episode 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE and cinematographer for the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1946: William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, American president, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.*
1957: Darby Hinton, who played Sticks in the movie in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE.*
1960: Chuck Williams, who played Tommy Marcetto in the movie in episode 1001- SOULTAKER.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1976: S. Roy Luby (age 72), editor of the episodes of TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,” seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1984: George Meeker (age 80), who played Charles Blake in the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1987: Hayden Rorke (age 76), who played General Pappy Greene in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
2000: Lee Sholem (age 87), director of the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
2005: Mel Welles (age 81), who played the grave digger Smolkin in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2011: Jimmy Sangster (age 83), screenwriter for the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1961: The movie “Ercole Alla Conquista Di Atlantide,” seen in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN is released in Italy, its country of origin.


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Show Mention in the Funnies

From “Safe Haven”

Thanks to John for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread:

Sitting Duck writes in and says:

In The Golden Turkey Awards (which Joel has cited as an influence on MST3K), the Medved Brothers stated, “We know our choices will not please everyone -— least of all the actors, producers, writers and directors who are honored in the pages that follow. We further recognize that the number of bad films is so enormous and the competition for the very worst is so intense, that all decisions reached here are subject to considerable second-guessing.”

So let’s do a bit of our own second-guessing and name MST3K films we think should have been nominated. I would pick “The Corpse Vanishes” for Most Awkward On-Screen Marriage Proposal.

For reference, a list of the Awards and their “winners” (as well as the MST3K films that were nominated) can be found here: The Golden Turkey Awards.

Have at it!

Keep those WDT suggestions coming!

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Back to School

A reader writes in with this:

All the stores are in full back-to-school mode this time of year. So, what’s your favorite school or school-related riff?
I’ve got to go with the classic, yet sadly true, “You know, school always smells the same when you go back. Smells like shame, guilt, and humiliation,” from Teenagers from Outer Space, when Derek and Betty go in the “college,” which is quite obviously a high school.

The first one that came to mind, from “Cheating:”
Miss Granby: I’m afraid I’ll have to give you both a zero on the test.
Johnny (sullen and sarcastic) Yawohl, mein Fuhrer.

What’s your pick?