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This Date in MSTory

1893: Edward Cassidy, who played the father in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1904: Edward Cronjager, cinematographer for the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1908: Viktor Vitkovich, screenwriter for the movie “Sampo,” seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1918: Verna Fields, editor of the American version for the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1923: Philip Abbott, who played Frank Morrison in the movie in episode K19- HANGAR 18.
1930: James Coco, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 422- DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1963: Shawon Dunston, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 318- FUGITIVE ALIEN.*
1994: Richelle Hurtado, who appeared as “Jonathan Cooper Baby” in the movie in episode 1003- MERLIN’S SHOP OF MYSTICAL WONDERS.*

1959: Merrill G. White (age 57), editor of the movie in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
1966: Franco Lolli (age 55), art director for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1979: Sigmund Neufeld (age 82), producer of the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER and 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1992: John Ireland (age 78), who played Cane Miro in the movie in episode 511- GUNSLINGER.
1993: Fred B. Phillips (age 84), makeup artist for the TV-movie seen in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
2009: Bob Arbogast (age 81), who provided the voices during the seance scene in the movie in episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
2013: Robert Nichols (age 88), who played Joe Wilson in THIS ISLAND EARTH seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
2016: Peter Brown (age 80), who played Ron in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.

1998: episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET first shown.

1956: Ernest Borgnine, who played the grandfather in the movie in episode 1003- MERLIN’S SHOP OF MYSTICAL WONDERS, wins an Oscar for “Marty.”
1956: The movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show, is reviewed in Variety.
1969: The movie “Gamera Tai Daiakuju Giron” featured in episode 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON has its premiere in Japan, its country of origin.
1998: Rick Baker wins his fifth Oscar for “Men in Black.” He was the sfx make-up craftsman for episodes 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, 1007- TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST and 1012- SQUIRM.
2000: Rhino Home Video releases episode 202- SIDEHACKERS, 607- BLOODLUST! and 606- THE CREEPING TERROR on VHS.

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RIP Stephen Hawking

Cambridge, England–Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died at his home here on March 14. He was 76.

The New York Times had a great obit.

We here at Satellite News salute him and, as much as we honor his courageous career, we cannot let him pass without presenting one of the most disturbing host segments of the series, a segment where he is mentioned not once, but twice. We think he would enjoy it.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Evil Baseball Promotions

Spring training has begun, and our pal Timmy suggests:

So i was watching “The Girl in Lovers’ Lane” and the Mads had evil baseball promotion night ideas. I was thinking what would your evil baseball (and will include other sports) promotional night ideas? Mine are: free coffee drink with a shot of ipecac night, free asbestos night and — an oldie but a goodie — 10 cent beer and disco demolition night.

I am old enough to remember bat day (every kid was given an actual regulation wooden bat) at Connie Mack Stadium. My two brothers and I behaved ourselves but I kind of doubt today’s kids would…

What’s your idea?

Two Podcasts in One in Minneapolis

At: Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis, on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m.:

Two of your favorite podcasts together, live and in person — plus, beer! 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back & Like Trees Walking LIVE!

Join “Mystery Science Theater 3000″‘s Mike Nelson and co-host Conor Lastowka (Writer/Producer for RiffTrax) for a very special live edition of their hit podcast 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back. Mike and Conor will give you an honest, unflinching review of the upcoming Ernest Cline /Steven Spielberg film “Ready Player One” and also visit all your podcast favorites, including Dumb Sentence of the Week, Leaked Scenes and a very special edition of Real or FanFic?

Also, Mike will be joined by David Berge for a live and lively version of their podcast Like Trees Walking. Mike and the learned pastor will discuss the BIG issues of being a human being on planet earth, issues of philosophy, religion, life, death, and most importantly, canned fish products. You’ll laugh, you’ll think, you’ll laugh again, and then stop to think why you’re laughing.

Ticket sales will be donated to: 826 National (national creative writing non-profit) and Ace in the City (local non-profit that does literacy education in the MPS)

For more info

New Legacy Eps on Netflix

Here’s a current list of legacy episodes available for viewing on Netflix:

Time of the Apes
Fugitive Alien
The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy
Devil Fish
First Spaceship on Venus
Racket Girls
The Girl in Lovers Lane
The Touch of Satan
City Limits
The Beginning of the End
The Girl in Gold Boots
Catalina Caper
Hercules Against the Moon Men
Space Mutiny
Future War
Horrors of Spider Island
Jack Frost

Among those taken down are “I Accuse My Parents,” “Laserblast,” “Pod People” and “Puma Man,” but I haven’t seen a full list. If somebody has one, please post in the comments.