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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1885: Erich Von Stroheim, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1894: Minerva Urecal, who played Fagah in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES.
1903: George DeNormand, who played a guardsman and did some stunts in the season four serial UNDERSEA KINGDOM.
1909: Make-up artist Harry Thomas, 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.
1914: Alfredo DeSoto, who played Mario in the movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.* (If indeed Mr. DeSoto is alive, he turns 104 this year.)
1917: Peter Adams, who played Capt. Carmody in the movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1919: Franz Peter Wirth, who directed the movie in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1927: Alf Joint, who played the Overseer in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS.
1933: Robert Banas, who played Sonny DiMarco in the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O and was the choreographer for episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS.*
1936: Art Metrano, who played the truck driver in the movie in episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK U.S.A.*
1943: Toni Basil, who played Red in the movie in episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS. She also did the movie’s choreography.*
1954: Shari Belafonte, who played Linda in the movie in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET.*
1961: Scott Baio, whose voice was impersonated for Crow’s acting lesson records in a host segment in episode 419- THE REBEL SET. In real life, Baio was a high school classmate of MST3K’s Bill Corbett.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1973: Charles Previn (age 85), one of the uncredited musical score composers for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS and the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1980: Jimmy Bryant (age 55), who, with his band The Night Jumpers, provided the dance tunes in the movie in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS.
1991: John Daheim (age 75), who played a soldier in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1995: George C. Emick (age 88), music editor for the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1999: Carl Hittleman (age 92), producer of the movie in episode 611- LAST OF THE WILD HORSES.
1999: George C. Scott (age 71), who was imitated many times in many host segments over the years.
2005: Sadamasa Arikawa (age 80), director of special effects for the movies in episodes 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.**
2010: Jackie Burroughs, (age 71) who had a brief role as Fingal’s mom, Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal, in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1990: Episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M first shown, which also features the debut of Frank Conniff as TV’s Frank, as well as Kevin Murphy doing the voice of Tom Servo. Mike Nelson appears on-screen for the first time.


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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1866: H.G. Wells, on whose stories the movies in episodes 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and 814- RIDING WITH DEATH were VERY loosely based.
1903: Ronnie Rondell, assistant director for the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1906: Derrick de Marney, who played Latham in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1907: Jack Mather, who played an officer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1909: Vladimir Solovyov, who played Kassyan in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1918: Rand Brooks, who played Andrews in the movie in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1923: Paul Lehmann, production designer for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.*
1928: John Von Kotze, cinematographer for the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.
1931: Larry Hagman, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 1009- HAMLET.
1936: Burr DeBenning, who played Dr. Ted Nelson in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1944: Fanny Flagg, who was impersonated by Crow in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1954: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer for the band Motörhead, whose song “Ace of Spades” was heard in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1991: Angelo Rossitto (age 83), who played Toby in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and a dwarf in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1992: Bill Williams (age 77), who, in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, played Dutch.
1997: Maurice Kaufmann (age 70), who played the radio reporter in the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
2000: R. Wright Campbell (age 73), screenwriter for the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
2002: Maurice Manson (age 89), who played Prof. Ulbrect Olinger in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2009: Robert Ginty (age 60), a.k.a. “the Paper Chase guy,” who played “The Rider” in the movie in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD.
2010: John Crawford (age 90), who played a bar patron in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.
2014: Linda Griffiths (age 57), who played Appollonia James in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: A Riff on Your Tombstone

Alert reader Cornjob suggests:

How about “What riff would you like on your
tombstone?” My own would be “Well, that could have
gone better,” followed by “Stop being full of worms
you idiot”.

Oh, this is going to cost a fortune, but I picked this many years ago: “I’ve undergone a complex personal evolution wherein painful confusion has given way to what I like to think of as some degree of wisdom, culminating in my current Zarasthustrian sense of self. Is that it?”

Your pick?

Zienia Merton, RIP

Longtime MSTies will recall that Merton played Sandra Benes in the movie in episode K10- COSMIC PRINCESS. She was 72.

Hollywood.com has the story.

Thanks to Tim for the heads up.