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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1831: James A. Garfield, American president, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1904: Babe Stafford, chief set electrician for the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1905: Roy Seawright, who did the special effects for the movies in episodes 107- ROBOT MONSTER and 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
1932: Kelly Gordon, who played Ken in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.
1933: Larry King, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.*
1937: Vincenzo Tomassi, editor of the movie in episode 903- THE PUMAMAN.
1938: Cable TV mogul Ted Turner, after whom an opinion survey was named in a host segment in episode K05- GAMERA.*
1939: Garrick Utley, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1957: Joel Goldsmith, who composed the musical score for the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.
1957: Reggae singer Eek-a-Mouse, whom Joel imitated in a host segment in episode 316- GAMERA VS. ZIGRA.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1963: Richard L’estrange (age 73), production manager for TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger”, episodes of which were seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
2015: Rex Reason (age 86), who played Cal Meecham in THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE and took part in a celebrity panel at MST3K’s Conventiocon Expofest-A-Rama 2: Electric Bugaloo in 1996.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1994: episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1939: Dorothy Arnold, who played reporter Jean Drew in season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS, married baseball great Joe DiMaggio.
1969: The movie “Marooned,” seen in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS, is reviewed in Variety.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Thanksgiving Guests

Bluefuego suggests:

With Turkey Day coming up, I am interested in which crew member, MSTed movie actor or MSTed movie character you would invite over for Thanksgiving dinner. Any crew member, any actor, from any period.

My pick would be Trace. Outside of Joel, he was heavily involved with the creation and continuation of MST3K and I always loved his style of humor. Hopefully he will bring Kim Cattrel, and she is wearing that dress from the Ace Awards.

Happy T Day to you and yours.

My choice is obvious: Batwoman.

Your pick?

This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1902: Franklin Adreon, producer of the season one serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON.
1903: Roland Anderson, production designer for the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1923: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1926: Ward Ellis, who played Jeff in the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1939: Brenda Vaccaro, whose raspy voice was imitated by Joel in a host segment in episode 308- GAMERA VS. GAOS.*
1942: Linda Evans, who played Greta the hooker in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1886: Chester A. Arthur (age 57), American president, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1952: Lev Fenin (age 65), who played a Varangian Leader in the movie “Sadko” seen in episode 505- MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1962: Niels Bohr (age 77), who was mentioned in host segments in episodes 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES and 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
1968: Agustin Mayor (age 32), who played Mike in the movie in episode 817- HORROR OF PARTY BEACH.
1986: Jack Denton (age 61), who played a detective in the movie in episode 209- THE HELLCATS.
2005: Harold J. Stone (age 92), who played Tony Gallano in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.
2005: Carolyn Kearney (age 75), who played Jessica Burns in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1989: episode 102- THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (with the serial RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON — Chapter 1) first shown (we think).

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1987: The movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE is reviewed in Variety.
2003: Rhino Home Video releases “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4.”


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RIP Keith Barron and Liz Smith

Versatile British actor Keith Barron died Nov. 15 after a short illness. He was 83.
Barron enjoyed a “long and varied career… of which he was immensely proud”, a statement said, referencing his many roles across television which included appearances in “Coronation Street,” “Casualty,” “DCI Banks,” “Doctors,” “Holby City” and “Benidorm.”
But MSTies will remember him as Bradley in the movie in episode 1107- THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.”

The Guardian has the story.

And while we’re noting departures, gossip columnist Liz Smith died Nov. 12. She was 94.

MSTies may remember that she was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”

Her New York Times obit is here.

Thanks to Timmy for his copious headses ups.