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Visit our archives of the MST3K pages previously hosted by the Sci-Fi Channel's SCIFI.COM.

Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1875: Kenneth Lawton, who played the Navy doctor in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1889: Elmer Decker, assistant director of the movie in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1895: James Conaty, who played a doctor in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1901: Merrill G. White, editor of the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1920: Sally Mansfield, who played Vena Ray in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1926: Don Nagel, who played a Detective Marty Martin in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.
1928: Richard Caffey, assistant director for the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1929:Christopher Plummer, who played The Emperor in the movie in episode 1106- STARCRASH.*
1931: Randy Starr a.k.a. Joseph Randall, assistant director of the movie in episode 606- THE CREEPING TERROR.
1932: James Melvin “Jimmy” Clem, who played Old Man Crenshaw in the movie in episode 1006- Boggy Creek II.
1941: Anouska Hempel, who played Annette Fraser in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.*
1943: Don Snyder, who was a singer in the movie in episode 812- THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES.*
1947: Rex Hagon, who played a shuttle passenger in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.*
1949: Tetsuya Ushio, who played Gôdo in the movie in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.*
1957: Morris Day, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.*
1964: Kristen McMenamy, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1980: Ray Buffum (age 76), who wrote the original story and screenplay for the movie in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1984: Vance Skarstedt (age 62), screenwriter for the movie in episode 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE.
1999: Maury Gertsman (age 92), cinematographer for the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
2006: Keith Larsen (age 82), who played Commander Scott in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
2017: Louie Elias (age 84), who played a soldier in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and also had a role in the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.

RIP Tatsuo Umemiya

Japanese actor Tatsuo Umemiya died Dec. 12. He had been being treated for several different cancers. He was 81.

MSTies will remember his performance in the title role of the movie in episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE.

UPDATE: He died of kidney failure at a hospital near Tokyo.

The only news story we have so far is in Japanese. Google translates it as well as it can.

Here’s an English article.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

RIP Carroll Spinney

Connecticut–Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Dec. 8 at his home here according to the Sesame Workshop. He was 85.
MSTies will recall that Big Bird was mentioned in a host segment in episode 318- STAR FORCE – FUGITIVE ALIEN II.

People Magazine has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

Kevin and Trace in Chicago

Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu will be joining radio station WDCB in a special live broadcast celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its “Those Were The Days” program on Saturday, May 2, 2020. If you’re in Chicago and would like to attend, you can get tickets here.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Ballyhoo Extras We Might Have Had

Alert regular “Sitting Duck” writes:

A disappointing aspect of the physical media releases for Seasons 11 and 12 is the dearth of features from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. What Nexflix-era subject matter do you wish could have been given the Ballyhoo treatment and what title would you have given the feature? A suggestion I once heard that I found particularly appealing was one on the career of the star of the two Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations with the title, “Hi, I’m Doug McClure”.

Have at it!