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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1706: Benjamin Franklin, whose ghost visited a spendthrift teenager in the short “Money Talks,” featured in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS and was also mentioned in a host segment in episode episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1904: Knox Manning, who played a television newsman in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
1911: Roberto Amoroso, producer of the movie in episode 504- SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON.
1914: Howard Marion-Crawford, who played Dr. Petrie in the movie in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
1922: Betty White, who was impersonated by Crow in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1926: Burton Miller, costume designer for the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1930: Dick Contino, who played the title role in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O and Stan Joyce in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1931: James Earl Jones, who played Albert in the movie in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.*
1931: Lindsley Parsons Jr., second assistant director for the movie in episode 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.*
1932: Raf Baldassarre, who played the captain of the guard in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1937: Robert F. Shugrue, editor of the episodes of TV’s “Gemini Man,” seen in episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH.
1939: Maury Povich, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.*
1944: Concha Cuetos a.k.a. Connie Cheston, who played Molly Stevens in the movie in episode 303- POD PEOPLE.*
1944: Roy Moore, screenwriter for the movie in episode K20- THE LAST CHASE.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1893: Rutherford B. Hayes (age 70), American president, about whom Crow presented a very inaccurate report in episode: 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
1983: Doodles Weaver (age 71), who played Salty Sam in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1986: Robert Lyden (age 43), who played Bobby on the TV series “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,” episodes of which were seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1992: Dick Dial (age 60), who played “jaguar boy” in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1995: Raf Baldassarre, (age 63) on his birthday.
2003: Richard Crenna (age 76), who played Jim Pruett in the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1993: The winners of the Cable Ace awards are announced. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is nominated for best writing for a comedy series, but does not win.


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RIP Wolf Hartwig

Paris — German producer Wolf C. Hartwig, best known for Sam Peckinpah’s 1977 blockbuster “Cross of Iron,” has died here at the age of 98.

MSTies will remember him as coproducer of the movie in episode 1011- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND.

Variety has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite Running Gags

Alert regular Jay writes:

Although it seems like one of those ideas that somebody MUST have already come up with I haven’t come across it in the records so here goes: Running Gags. They have always been an MST staple. What is your favorite? Season 11 had its share, as well. There must be plenty of favorites out there.

I know one: “sampo!”

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