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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1891: William O’Brien, who played a bartender in the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
1892: Hermann Gruber, cameraman for the movie in the episode 1009- HAMLET.
1915: Elliot Scott, who was the art director for the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
1919: Paul Dunlap, musical score composer for the movies in episodes 208- LOST CONTINENT, 419- THE REBEL SET and 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1924: George Edwards, producer for the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1924: Pat Hingle, who was included in the list of prominent “doughy guys” shown in a host segment in episode 522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE.
1938: Martin Dolman a.k.a. Sergio Martino, who wrote the original story for the movie in the movie in episode 911- DEVIL FISH.*
1939: Enzo Consoli, who played “sitting man at lecture” in the movie “Operation Kid Brother,” seen in episode 508- OPERATION DOUBLE 007.
1957: Terri Treas, who played Camisarde in the movie in episode 703- DEATHSTALKER AND THE WARRIORS FROM HELL.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1965: Clyde Beatty (age 62), who was the lion-tamer in the short HERE COMES THE CIRCUS, seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1968: Jack Pierce (age 79), who did the make-up for the movies in episodes 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN and 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1974: Joe Flynn (age 49), who played Bradshaw’s assistant in the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
1976: Gene Roth (age 73), who played a sheriff in both episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and in the movie in episode 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES. He also was the lunch counter guy in the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED and a railroad conductor in the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET (not to be confused with Merritt Stone).
1980: Fred Parrish (age 87), still photographer for the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
1982: John Harvey (age 71), who played Inspector Thompson in the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.
1986: Daniel Fapp (age 82), cinematographer for the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
1999: Cavernario Galindo (age 75), who played a wrestler in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
2001: Paul Beeson (age 79), cinematographer of the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
2006: Tim Condren (age 79) who played a yellow man in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.
2015: Van Alexander (age 100), musical score composer for the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1997: Episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH first shown.


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Interesting Report from Blobfest

Alert regular Kenneth has sent us a report from this year’s Blobfest in Phoenixville, Pa.

This past Saturday, Matt McGinnis made an appearance at Blobfest in Phoenixville, PA. [Editor’s note: McGinnis is an associate producer and writer on the relaunch, but most fans may know him as “Matt Claude Van Damme,” the purple-jumpsuited fellow shown briefly in episode 1112- CARNIVAL MAGIC. Blobfest, held every year in Phoenixville, is a celebration of the original “Blob” movie, much of which was shot in and around that small village, especially at the now-lovingly-restored Colonial Theater there.]

He talked about how he got involved with the Relaunch, including a pretty good impression of Joel. When asked about Season 12, he couldn’t say very much beyond that it was now in post and that he thought it turned out very well. He also deflected a question re: the Purple Jumpsuit. One question he did address was about the riffing in Season 11. Specifically, it was about how there were a large number of jokes in the early episodes, with the amount easing back as the season went on. He said the reason for this was simply that the writers were worn out from writing such a large bunch of riffs for the early shows and had to cut back. Regarding the six-episode season, Matt didn’t dismiss the idea that this might mean a shorter wait for a 13th Season, though it was also said that the upcoming comic book and the live tour might make up for the lower number of shows.

After that, Matt sold autographed copies of his “Famous Blobs Throughout History” artwork, as well as “ashcan” preview copies of the first issue of the MST3K comic book. The latter only included the first few pages of the first issue, but there was enough there to show that it looks great and they handled the riffing well.

Later on, Matt was going to host a spook show, including a showing of “Daughter of Horror,” the movie that was supposedly showing at the Colonial in “The Blob.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to that showing, but maybe somebody else can report on it. I did get to see that afternoon’s double feature of “The Blob” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” the latter in old-fashioned 3-D. And there was some audience riffing of “The Blob,” like in the scene where one of the “teenagers” tries to warn a bartender about the monster:

BARTENDER: Anyway, we don’t serve kids here.
RIFF: But I’m 35!

Anyway, I thought you might be interested in this.

Thanks Kenneth!

This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1898: George Bricker, screenwriter for the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1902: Curtis Mick, assistant production manager for the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
1908: Barry Gray, musical score composer of the TV series “Stingray,” episodes of which were incorporated into episode K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP and the TV series “Captain Scarlet,” episodes of which were incorporated into episode K02- REVENGE OF THE MYSTERONS. He was also did the music for the TV series “Space: 1999,” two episodes of which were incorporated into episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.
1911: Hume Cronyn, who was mentioned by Jack Perkins in episode 310- FUGITIVE ALIEN.
1913: Marvin Miller, narrator of the movies in episodes 210- KING DINOSAUR, 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE, 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS and 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1913: Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton, who was impersonated in a host segment in episode 422- DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1915: Keith Richards, who played Angelo in the movie in episode 112- UNTAMED YOUTH.
1917: Alan Smiler, who was the film editor and had a small role in the movie in episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK U.S.A.
1918: Jane Frazee, who played Jane Cooper in the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1918: Carl Ottosen, who played Gen. Mark Grayson in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1924: Tullio Altamura, who had a role in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.*
1927: Carlo Franci, musical score composer for the movie in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN.*
1930: Burt Kwouk, who played Feno in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.
1937: Comedian/actor/writer Mike Dodge, who was a writer for MST3K for the entire sixth season, who appeared as “Bob the A-Bomb” in a host segment in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A., who was the narrator of “Edward the Less,” and provided the voice of bossman Bob Honcho in the “Film Crew” videos.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1972: Harold Miller (age 78), who played an official in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1989: Maurice Seiderman (age 81), make-up artist for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.
1993: Davis Roberts (age 76), who played Harold in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II.
1993: Keith Aldrich (age 63), who played co-pilot Jerry in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.

EPISODE PREMIERES ON THIS DATE
1992: Episode 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (with the serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM Part 1) first shown.
1998: Episode 909- GORGO first shown.
1999: Episode 1010- IT LIVES BY NIGHT first shown.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Alert reader Brandon suggests:

The Good. Susan Gordon’s acting in “Tormented”.

The Bad: No monster in “Monster A Go-Go.

The Ugly: Mitchell’s baby oil.

Okay…The good: Batwoman. Because, duh.

The bad: RADAR!

The ugly: “Can you identify this bucket of your brother?”