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This Date in MSTory

1903: Richard Fantl, editor for the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1914: Josep Mullendore, orchestrator for the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1915: Rodney Bell, who had a role in the movie in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.
1929: Claus Toksvig who was the uncredited narrator in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1943: Ron Elliott, songwriter and lead guitarist of The Beau Brummels, who performed a couple of songs in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.*
1975: Dee Caspary, who played a dancer (uncredited) in the movie in episode 1201- MAC AND ME.*

1970: John Scopes (age 70), the subject of the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 306- TIME OF THE APES.
1971: Raymond Hatton (age 84), who played Gasspon in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM and old Pete in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1973: Andrei Abrikosov (age 66), who played King Vladimir in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1996: Make-up artist Harry Thomas (age 87), whose work can be seen in the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER, 109- PROJECT MOON BASE, 320- THE UNEARTHLY, 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, 602- INVASION U.S.A., 616- RACKET GIRLS, 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT and 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1997: Jay A. Morley Jr. (age 79), costumer for the movies in episodes 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
2001: David Lowell Rich (age 81), director of the TV movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.
2007: Darrell Cathcart (age 72), cinematographer for the movie in episode 1112- CARNIVAL MAGIC.

1962: The Century 21 Exposition closes in Seattle. We got a close look at the Bell Telephone exhibit in the short CENTURY 21 CALLING (seen in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN).
1995: Michael Blodgett, who played Bob Draper in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER, married actress Meredith Baxter.
1997: RHINO HOME VIDEO releases episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS, 619- RED ZONE CUBA and 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN on VHS.

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Weekend Discussion Thread: Riffable Infomercials and Commercials

Murdock Hauser observes:

I ran into one of my favorite infomercials that I haven’t seen in years the other week on YouTube and that’s the “Ronco Showtime BBQ Rotisserie.” In the late ’90s early 2000s, I remember watching it all most every mourning while folding papers for my paper route and thought it would be perfect for MST3K. Now, what say you?

On further consideration, it seems like this is too narrow a topic, so let me broaden it a bit to include ALL TV commercials.

I, for example, would call out the plague of prescription drug commercials. Not just their terrifying lists of side effects “including death,” but also lines like “tell your doctor about your medical history.” Up to now my doctor’s had no interest in that!

Have at it!

RIP Igo Kantor

Igo Kantor, whose Hollywood career took him from Howard Hughes’ projection room to supervising post-production on “Easy Rider” and producing B-movies like “Kingdom of the Spiders” and “Mutant,” died Oct. 15. He was 89.

MSTies will remember that he was the supervising editor for the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, the music editor for the movie in episode 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS and the technical supervisor for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.

Variety has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.

RIP Robert Forster

LOS ANGELES–Robert Forster, the stalwart leading man whose Oscar-nominated performance as a nefarious bail bondsman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” made for one of Hollywood’s most heartwarming comeback stories, died at his home here Oct. 11. He was 78.

MSTies will recall his performance as Nick Thorne in the movie in episode 1104- AVALANCHE.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Someone Who Looks Like a MST Character

Alert regular Sitting Duck suggests:

Is there someone in your life who bears an uncanny resemblance to a cast member of either MST3K or one of the films they have used? Could be a relative. Could be that dickweed in the next cubicle who uses your stapler without permission. Could be the java jerk who serves you your daily cappuccino. In my case, the organist at the church I attend looks almost exactly like Mike made up as Jack Perkins.

Have at it!