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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1910: Lester D. Guthrie, producer of the movie in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1914: Harry Lauter, who played Atlasan in the movies in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1915: Pat Buttram, who played the car salesman in the movie in episode 622- ANGELS REVENGE and was mentioned in host segments in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS and 1001- SOULTAKER.
1916: John Benson, who played a sentry in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1917: Robert Karnes, who played Sam in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1924: Sandra Dorne, who played Magda Gardinas in the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1939: Rosalba Neri, who played Lisa in the movie in episode 323- CASTLE OF FU MANCHU.*
1940: Shirley Muldowney, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.*
1962: Paula Abdul, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1971: Jerome Pycha Jr. (age 68), production designer for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1975: Krista Nell (age 29) who played Zoe in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.**
1975: Sam Giancana (age 67), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.”
1980: Bill Giorgio (age 56), who played Deputy Sheriff Sanders in the movie in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and a bus driver in the movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST.
1990: Josep Mullendore (age 75), orchestrator for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
2012: Richard Lynch (age 76), who played Noel in the movie in episode 904- WEREWOLF, found dead.
2013: Slim Whitman (age 90), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1957: The movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF premieres in the U.S.A.


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RIP Franco Zeffirelli


ROME — Oscar-nominated director Franco Zeffirelli, whose opulent set designs and sweeping directorial style bolstered operatic films, religious epics and Shakespearean love stories, died June 15 at his home here. He was 96.
MSTies may recall that he was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1009- HAMLET.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: rough draft of the Season 12 episode guide: 1205- KILLER FISH

Movie: (1979) A treacherous gang of jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters.

Open: As Ardy and Synthia search for “Idiot Control Now” in the files, and Bonesy still wants to go walkies, Max and Kinga find themselves riffing the whole thing.
In the invention exchange, J&tB present Alchemy Glue. The Mads unveil the Time Travel Oven.
Segment 1: What fish is attacking the characters?
Segment 2: Jonah has a logic puzzle to figure out how the characters get to shore.
Close: As the Mads prepare to show the final film, Synthia has at last created the liquid version of “Idiot Control Now.”
Stinger: “That’s it. Laugh it up. It’s art.”

Thoughts:
• The Boneheads were Tim Ryder and Zack Thompson.
• Growler AND Waverly come in with Gypsy.
• This movie has the most big-name stars since SPAVE TRAVELERS.
• MWaverly and Growler join the fun for segment 1, and again as everybody sings “Below the Dam” (by Paul and Storm).
• A fish on a stick appears from the left.
• Growler offers blood sausage
• Joel obviously decided that the original monaural version of “Idiot Control Now” from 1991 would not be pleasing to modern ears, so he re-recorded it with modern equipment.
• Callbacks: Mention of “Avalanche.” Mention of “Reptilicus.” “Paul, your father is in great danger.” (Cry Wilderness.”) “It stinks!” (Pod People). Mention of “Yongary.”
• Fave riff: “I wonder how they spell “Nyehehheh” in the script.” Honorable mention: “I’m off to stock Hawaii with wolverines.”

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