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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1896: Vivienne Osborne, who played Mrs. Wilson in the movie in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1902: Pat Costello, who played a wedding attendant in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and a patrolman in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1910: Milton Citron, who did the sound effects for the movies in episodes 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1911: Chet Huntley, 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”).
1911: Anatol Radzinowicz, production designer for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.
1926: Harry Fowler, who played Sydney Stanhope in the movie in episode 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE.
1928: Barbara Nichols, who played Gale Wilson in the movie in episode 420- THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS.
1932: Robert Caramico, camera operator for the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
1941: Tommy Kirk, who played Don Pringle in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER and Mike in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.*
1944: Tisha Sterling, who played Jean in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS.*
1952: Susan Dey, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.*
1954: Ross Shafer, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1956: Joseph D. Urbanczyk, cinematographer for the movie in episode 1102- CRY WILDERNESS.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1972: James H. Nicholson (age 56), founder of American International Pictures (AIP) and co-executive producer of the nine MSTed movies including those in episodes 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1978: Edward D. Wood Jr. (age 54), producer/directer/writer for the movies in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and episode 613- THE SINISTER URGE, in which he’s also briefly seen in the knife-fighting scene. Wood also wrote the screenplay for the movie in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.
1978: Asbjørn Andersen (age 75) played Prof. Otto Martens in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1986: Susan Cabot (age 59), who played Enger in the movie in episode 317- VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT. She was bludgeoned by her dwarf son.
1989: Robin Hughes (age 69), who played an officer in the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE and Gideon Drew in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
2000: Marie Windsor (age 80), who played Josie in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.
2012: Marla English (age 77), who played Andrea Talbott in the movie in episode 808- THE SHE-CREATURE.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1994: episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT (with the short OUT OF THIS WORLD) first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1952: The movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A. is reviewed in Variety.
1958: The movie in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST is reviewed in Variety.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Things You Would Like to Buy

Alert reader “Blonde Russian Spy” suggests:

Since the holiday shopping season is here, what MST3K products do you wish you could really buy? They could come from an invention exchange, a host segment or the movie itself. I know several years ago someone tried to sell a rolling treadmill, like the one the Mads demonstrated in “Lost Continent,” but personally I’d just like a bowl of Wild Rebels cereal right about now.

What do you think, sirs?

I think one of those Manos capes would be very dashing.

Your pick?

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RIP John D.F. Black


John D.F. Black, perhaps best remembered as a writer, screenwriter, story editor, executive story consultant and associate producer on “Star Trek: The Original Series” during its first season, died peacefully of natural causes at the Motion Picture Hospital in Woodland Hills, California on Nov. 29. He was 85.

MSTies will know his work from early in his career when, using the pen name Geoffrey Dennis, he wrote the screenplay for the movie in episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY.

There’s a very nice and complete remembrance of him here.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.