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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1770: Ludwig Van Beethoven, whose piano sonata “Moonlight” was heard in the movie in episode 624- SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN.
1910: Hollingsworth Morse, director of the episodes of TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” which were seen in episodes 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE and 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1918: Clark Paylow, director of the movie in episode 206- RING OF TERROR and assistant director for the movie in episode 1103- THE TIME TRAVELLERS.
1930: Ronald Allen, who played Christopher Mitchell in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1943: Steven Bochco, who co-created the TV show “Gemini Man,” two episodes of which were featured in episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH.
1947: Carlton Fisk, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 622- ANGELS’ REVENGE.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1980: Jan Fethke (age 77), one of the screenwriters for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.
1981: Karl Struss (age 95), cinematographer of the movies in episodes 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M and 419- THE REBEL SET.
1988: Poul Thomsen (age 66) who, though uncredited, played Orlogskaptajn in the movie in episode 1101- REPTILICUS.
1989: Lee Van Cleef (age 64), who played Tom Anderson in the movie in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and John McAllister in the movies in episodes 322- MASTER NINJA I and 324- MASTER NINJA II.
2011: Robert Easton (age 81), who played Dan Kester in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, Mr. Keitel in episode 908- THE TOUCH OF SATAN and did the voices of Phones and X20 in the movie in episode K01- INVADERS FROM THE DEEP.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATES
1989: episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND first shown (we think).

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1964: The movie “MONSTROSITY,” seen in episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN is reviewed in Variety.
1967: The movie “SON OF GODZILLA,” footage from which Film Ventures International used in the opening credit sequence for the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER, is released in Japan, its country of origin.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Sports Team Names

Alert reader Murdock Hauser opines:

So you are an owner of professional sports team and if you could rename the team after anything MST3K ,what would it be? As a long time suffering diehard Phoenix Suns fan in the NBA, I’d go with the Phoenix Saaaaaaaaaaaannnd Stooooorms or just Sandstorms. Also you can make a team up if you want, like the Castleton Bob Evils. Now what say you?

Oh, I like the Scranton Gila Monsters. “Lalalalalala LOAD THE BASES!”

Your pick?

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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?