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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1882: Creighton Hale, who had a small role in the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.
1907: Edward Dein, director of the movie in episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN.
1908: Alan Stensvold, cinematographer for the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1909: Rep. Wilbur Mills, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1911: Harold Conway, who played the “Washington broadcast station chief” in the movie in episode 819- INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN.**
1915: Sara Pachter, who played, and was, little Johnny’s mother in the short JOHNNY AT THE FAIR, seen in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
1916: Peter Whitney, who played Lt. Gates in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1922: Leroy Johnson, who played Sir Ulrich in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1922: June Smaney, who appeared in the movie in episode 206- RING OF TERROR.
1924: Jose Manuel Martin, who played Omar Pascha in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.*
1924: Freddie Earlle, who played a little man in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
1926: Desmond Davis, camera operator for the movie in episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.*
1949: Ricardo Franco, assistant director of the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
1950: Andrea Coppola, who played photographer Jay in the movie in episode 705- ESCAPE 2000.*
1960: Jeff Celentano, aka Jeff Weston, who played Tola in the movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1969: Richard Garland (age 41), who played Pendragon in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
1969: Paul Birch (age 57), who played Jim Maddison in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1992: Alfredo Wally Barron (age 61), who was Santo’s second in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
1993: June Smaney (age 71), on her birthday.
2016: Burt Kwouk (age 85), who played Feno in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1961: The movie in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS is reviewed in Variety.


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RIP Roger Moore


Switzerland–Roger Moore, the dapper British actor who brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona in seven films, eclipsing his television career, which had included starring roles in at least five series, died here on Tuesday. He was 89.

His obit appears here because he was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.

The New York Times has the story.

RIP Jacque Fresco

Futurist and self-described social engineer Jacque Fresco died peacefully in his sleep from health complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 101.

MSTies may not be aware that he provided (uncredited) special effects for the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.

Here’s a retrospective.

Weekend Discussion Thread – Episode Guide, First Draft: 1105- The Beast of Hollow Mountain

Movie: (1956) An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle are being eaten by something, and eventually he finds out what it is.

Opening: Painting day on the SOL
Invention exchange: Jonah has the Disco Cannon; Kinga asks “What if the Titanic had hot water?”
Segment 1: Tom and Crow describe their ideal monster movies
Segment 2: Tom unveils his new fashion line, “The style of Hollow Mountain”
Segment 3: Tom and Crow are festival creatures making Jonah and the Mads are increasingly distraught
Closing: How movies would be improved if characters were eaten by dinosaurs
Stinger: Sarita speaks softly and throws a big stick
[Ratings]

• Skeleton Crew songs: “United Servo Academy Chorus,” “To Earth,” “Wild Rebels,” “Creepy Girl”
• Callbacks: “Watch out for snakes!” (Eegah!), “This is where the fish lives” (The Touch of Satan).
• I love the running gag of Margarita dashing off to see her favorite TV show
• Crow sings a version of the theme song. Tom says “Meta!!”
• Fave riff: “Has anyone seen my accent” “It’s not Chuck E. Cheese but there are mice here.” “I mind! Get this gringo off me!” “Is Pancho really worth four wet socks? “Almost a flawless movie then right at the end the spell “thru” wrong!”

Thoughts?

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