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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1905: Agnes DeMille, who was mentioned in host segments in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD and episode 312- GAMERA VS. GUIRON.
1916: Rossano Brazzi, who played Don La Manna in the movie in episode 1008- FINAL JUSTICE and Phineas T. Prune in the movie in episode 1113- THE CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN’T, which he also directed.
1922: Josef Von Stroheim, who did the sound for the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1926: Enrico Maria Salerno, who played the king of Megara in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1933: Robert Blake, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON and in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.*
1939: Frankie Avalon, who played Tommy Carter in the movie in episode K18- THE MILLION EYES OF SU-MURU.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1961: Dag Hammarskjöld (age 56), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.
1967: William Sickner (age 76), cinematographer for the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD as well as for THE PHANTOM CREEPS serial seen as shorts in season two.
1970: Jimi Hendrix (age 27), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1973: Nora Nicholson (age 80), who played Aunt Eva in the movie in episode 818- DEVIL DOLL.
1989: Helen Jay (age 63), who played Mrs. Farley in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1993: Richard H. Landau (age 79), screenwriter for the movie in episode 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1994: Enrico Maria Salerno (age 68). Died on his birthday.
1999: Harold F. Kress (age 86), director of the movie in episode 510- THE PAINTED HILLS.
2004: Mowbray Berkeley (age 93), set decorator for the movie in episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY.
2005: John Bromfield (age 83), who played Joe Hayes in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
2005: Richard Cunha (age 83), cinematographer for the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST!

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1993: Episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE first shown.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1956: Dick Contino, star of episode 307- DADDY-O who also appeared in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN, married actress Leigh Snowden.
1972: The movie “Der Folterkammer Des Dr. Fu Manchu,” seen in episode 323- THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU, is released in West Germany, one of the countries which produced the film.
1977: Pia Zadora, who played Girmar in the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, married tycoon Meshulam Riklis who was thirty years older than his new bride. They caused a scandal when he waged a successful campaign to get her a Golden Globe as Best New Star in 1982 for the film “Butterfly.”
1994: In Minneapolis, MST3K’s CONVENTIOCON EXPOFEST-A-RAMA officially ends.
2016: Patton Oswalt wins an Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety special for his Netflix special “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping.”


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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.

Dark Horse Comic Book Drops Today


The first release of the long-awaited MST3K comic book has been released today from Dark Horse Comics.

Burt Reynolds, RIP

Martin County, Florida — Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit” died Sept. 6 of heart failure at his home here. He was 82.

MSTies will recall that he was mentioned in host segments in episode 502- HERCULES and 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to our Twitter buddy @RexDartEskimoPi for reminding me of the references.