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Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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This Date in MSTory

1902: Karl Ludwig Lindt, who played Dr. Adolph Engelborger in THIS ISLAND EARTH riffed in MST3K: THE MOVIE.
1907: Henry Grace, set designer for the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1914: Wendell Corey, who played Admiral King in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET and Jim Graff in the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1931: Hal Linden, who dubbed the voice of Yashi in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.*
1934: Frank Capra Jr., producer of the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
1937: Jerry Reed, who was mentioned in host segments in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.
1940: Roger Lawrence Strunk, who, under the name Rod Lauren, played Paul Lawrence in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
1940: Silvia Solar, who appeared in the movie “Il Raggio Infernale,” seen in episode 620- DANGER!! DEATH RAY.
1948: John Delancie, who played Bob Connors in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.*
1950: Carl Palmer, drummer for the rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, who were mentioned in a host segment in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER.*
1958: Holly Hunter, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.*
1963: Kathy Ireland, who played Wanda Saknussemm in the movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A. *

1962: Walter E. Keller (age 69), art director for the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST and 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1968: Charles Chaplin Jr. (age 42), who played Joe Cates in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1974: Chet Huntley (age 62), who was the opening off-screen narrator in THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1984: Richard L. Van Enger (age 69), editor of the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION.
1989: Alan Gifford (age 78), who played Eldridge in the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV and Bob Garrett in the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1997: Jean Engstrom (age 76), who played Peg Gamble in the movie in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
2002: Carl Roup (age 86), second assistant director for the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.
2011: Johnny Pearson (age 85), who composed some of the music that was used in the short PROGRESS ISLAND U.S.A., featured in episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS.

2012: Shout! Factory re-releases episodes 515- WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN and 1002- THE GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS.

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RIP Stephen Hawking

Cambridge, England–Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died at his home here on March 14. He was 76.

The New York Times had a great obit.

We here at Satellite News salute him and, as much as we honor his courageous career, we cannot let him pass without presenting one of the most disturbing host segments of the series, a segment where he is mentioned not once, but twice. We think he would enjoy it.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Evil Baseball Promotions

Spring training has begun, and our pal Timmy suggests:

So i was watching “The Girl in Lovers’ Lane” and the Mads had evil baseball promotion night ideas. I was thinking what would your evil baseball (and will include other sports) promotional night ideas? Mine are: free coffee drink with a shot of ipecac night, free asbestos night and — an oldie but a goodie — 10 cent beer and disco demolition night.

I am old enough to remember bat day (every kid was given an actual regulation wooden bat) at Connie Mack Stadium. My two brothers and I behaved ourselves but I kind of doubt today’s kids would…

What’s your idea?

Two Podcasts in One in Minneapolis

At: Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave W, Minneapolis, on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m.:

Two of your favorite podcasts together, live and in person — plus, beer! 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back & Like Trees Walking LIVE!

Join “Mystery Science Theater 3000″‘s Mike Nelson and co-host Conor Lastowka (Writer/Producer for RiffTrax) for a very special live edition of their hit podcast 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back. Mike and Conor will give you an honest, unflinching review of the upcoming Ernest Cline /Steven Spielberg film “Ready Player One” and also visit all your podcast favorites, including Dumb Sentence of the Week, Leaked Scenes and a very special edition of Real or FanFic?

Also, Mike will be joined by David Berge for a live and lively version of their podcast Like Trees Walking. Mike and the learned pastor will discuss the BIG issues of being a human being on planet earth, issues of philosophy, religion, life, death, and most importantly, canned fish products. You’ll laugh, you’ll think, you’ll laugh again, and then stop to think why you’re laughing.

Ticket sales will be donated to: 826 National (national creative writing non-profit) and Ace in the City (local non-profit that does literacy education in the MPS)

For more info

New Legacy Eps on Netflix

Here’s a current list of legacy episodes available for viewing on Netflix:

Time of the Apes
Fugitive Alien
The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy
Devil Fish
First Spaceship on Venus
Racket Girls
The Girl in Lovers Lane
The Touch of Satan
City Limits
The Beginning of the End
The Girl in Gold Boots
Catalina Caper
Hercules Against the Moon Men
Space Mutiny
Future War
Horrors of Spider Island
Jack Frost

Among those taken down are “I Accuse My Parents,” “Laserblast,” “Pod People” and “Puma Man,” but I haven’t seen a full list. If somebody has one, please post in the comments.