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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1899: Glenn Strange, who played Petro in the movie in episode 103- THE MAD MONSTER.
1907: James A. Rosenberger, assistant director of the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
1928: Eydie Gorme, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1956: Bela Lugosi (age 73), who played Dr. Eric Vornoff in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, Dr. Lorenz in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and Dr. Zorka in the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1964: Charles S. Gould (age 61), assistant director for the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1969: Russ Bender (age 59), who played Richard Kingman in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, Dr. Carmichael in 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and Gen. Patrick in 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.
1971: Frances Robinson (age 55) who played Martha in the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
1977: Elvis Presley (age 42), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1991: Bruno Nicolai (age 65) who created the musical score for the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007.
1992: Malcolm Atterbury (age 85), who played Charles Rivers in the movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF and Mr. Grant in the movie in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT.
1993: Ellsworth Fredricks (age 89), cinematographer for the movie WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1999: Dave Allen (age 54), who did the stop-motion animated sfx in the movie in episode 706- LASERBLAST.
2004: Acquanetta (age 83), who played the Native Girl in the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1997: Episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE first shown.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Back to School

A reader writes in with this:

All the stores are in full back-to-school mode this time of year. So, what’s your favorite school or school-related riff?
I’ve got to go with the classic, yet sadly true, “You know, school always smells the same when you go back. Smells like shame, guilt, and humiliation,” from Teenagers from Outer Space, when Derek and Betty go in the “college,” which is quite obviously a high school.

The first one that came to mind, from “Cheating:”
Miss Granby: I’m afraid I’ll have to give you both a zero on the test.
Johnny (sullen and sarcastic) Yawohl, mein Fuhrer.

What’s your pick?

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Minor Character Movies

Alert reader “Murdock Hauser” asks:

Which side character from a riffed MST3K movie would you like to see have their own movie? For me, I’d like to see Mila from “Cave Dwellers”. The movie could be called “Mila’s Quest”, where she has to collect and destroy the skeletal remains of an evil sorceress that has cursed the land. What say you?

It’s funny, I thought of the same movie, only I would pick “Gomez,” aka Thong. I think he’s got a lot goin’ on in his personal life.

What’s your pick?

And keep those WDT ideas coming!