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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1903: Alvin Todd, editor of the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1905: Dave Newell, make-up artist for the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1915: Dan Sonney, art director for the movie in episode 616- RACKET GIRLS.
1919: Ernie Kovacs, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.
1926: Lyn Osborn, who played Sgt. Taylor in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1936: Arlene Golonka, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.*
1939: Shinichi a.k.a. Sonny Chiba, who played Ironsharp a.k.a. Space Chief in the movie in episode 819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN.*
1942: Warrene Ott, who played Ispalata in the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1943: Gil Gerard, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.*
1970: Rick Youck, foley artist for the movie in episode 910- THE FINAL SACRIFICE.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1943: Alexander Woollcott (age 56), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1977: Toots Shor (age 73), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”
1988: Hollingsworth Morse (age 77), director of the episodes of TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” that were seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1990: Gerald Gibbs (age 83), cinematographer for the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1997: Bill Zuckert (age 81), who played Ace Landon in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.
1997: Hardy Rafn (age 66), who had an uncredited role in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1999: Joe D’amato (age 62) a.k.a. David Hills a.k.a. Aristide Massacessi, director of the movie in episode 301- CAVE DWELLERS.
2003: Nell Carter (age 54), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 603- THE DEAD TALK BACK.
2006: Joseph M. Newman (age 96), director of the movie THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
2011: Jack LaLanne (age 96), who was seen briefly as himself in the movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE.
2016: Flora Gordon (age 90), Bert I.Gordon’s wife and go-to special effects maven for the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, 517- THE BEGINNING OF THE END, 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS, 411- THE MAGIC SWORD, 414- TORMENTED, 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and 210- KING DINOSAUR.
2018: Robert Dowdell (age 85), who played Sen. Clayton in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1993: episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (with the short HIRED! Part 1) first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1985: The movie “Escape from the Bronx,” seen in episode 705- ESCAPE 2000, is reviewed in Variety.
2001: Rhino Home Video releases episode 515- WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN and 517- THE BEGINNING OF THE END on DVD.


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Dan Striepeke, RIP

Makeup artist Dan Striepeke, who served as Tom Hanks’ “cosmetic consigliere” on 16 films, including “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan,” — for which he earned his two Oscar nominations — has died. He was 88.

The former head of the makeup department at 20th Century Fox, Striepeke at the studio worked on the original “Planet of the Apes movies”; and on the CBS series “Mission: Impossible,” where he helped design the spy series’ famous latex “peel off” masks.

MSTies will recall that he was make-up artist for the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Packaging KTMA

Alert reader Thequietman suggests:

I periodically see mini-debates about the KTMA episodes of MST3k and how/whether they should be publicly released. Therefore I’d like to propose a Weekend Thread idea: If you were working for Shout! Factory and were given the green light to distribute the KTMA episodes (assume all the rights issues have been resolved), how would you package them?

Myself, I’d do something like the ‘Satellite Dishes’ disc on Volume 40, only instead of just the host segments also include a selection of the best riffs from the movie (as selected by Joel and/or whoever else wishes to participate). I’d call it something like ‘The First of the Worst’.
What do you think, sirs?

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RIP Carol Channing


Rancho Mirage, Calif.–Carol Channing, whose incandescent performances –as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” — made her a Broadway legend, died Jan. 15 at her home here, of natural causes. She was 97.

MSTies will recall that Mike, attempting to survive the movie in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA, became Carol Channing for a short time. It didn’t help.

The New York Times has the story.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.