NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 7, 2012

NATALIES!* Today is August 8th, The Day of the Roleplayers, Frozen Custard Day, Happiness Happens Day, Admit You’re Happy Day, Zucchini Day, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night, Stable Clean-Up Day, Swimming Day, Burryman Festival Holiday (Scotland), Cheesecake Day, Date to Create, Discordian Season of Bureaucracy (first day), Fairies’ Finest Fairy Finals Festival Holiday, Fourteen Holy Helpers Day, Garage Sale Day (varies), International Character Day, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (Australia), the Nudist Convention Holiday, Universal & International Infinity Day, and the feast day of St. Dominic, patron Saint of Astronomers.

THIS DAY IN GEEK HISTORY: On this day in 2004, one of the original “Scream Queens”, Fay Wray passed away a few days short of her 97th Birthday. She had been scheduled to make a cameo in Peter Jackson’s KONG remake. When he death was announced, the lights in the Empire State Building were shut off for 15 minutes as a mark of respect.

On this day in 1960, Brian Hyland and the John Dixon Orchestra hit the top of the charts with their hit single, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”

On this day in 1930, writer Terry Nation was born in Cardiff, Wales. The writer, who created the science fiction series SURVIVORS and BLAKE’S 7, is probably best known for the creation of DOCTOR WHO’S Most iconic Foes, THE DALEKS!


Samuel Glass, Illustration by M Mrakota Orsman

Samuel Glass, Illustration by M Mrakota Orsman

Today’s featured BIRTHDAYS include screenwriter, promoter, and all around good guy Samuel Glass, and one of our all-time favorites of our kids’ teachers, Alisha McClure, who was savvy enough to catch something that not only everyone before her had missed, but whose intervention also had positive consequences far into the future.

They share their birthday with Katie Leung of the HARRY POTTER films; Peyton List of FLASHFORWARD; Meagan Good of SAW V; editorand director Lee Unkrich of TOY STORY 2 & 3; Filmmaker Jon Turteltaub of NATIONAL TREASURE and SORCERER’S APPRENTICE; Don Most, aka “Ralph Malph” of HAPPY DAYS; GHOST IN THE SHELL director Mamoru Oshii; PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi; Keith Carradine of DEXTER and COWBOYS & ALIENS; Adult actor John Holmes; Brooke Bundy of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3 and 4; Connie Stevens of TWO ON A GUILLOTINE; Dustin Hoffman of MARATHON MAN, LITTLE BIG MAN, and WAG THE DOG; Keith Barron of THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT; TV producers Donald Bellisario and William Asher; Richard Anderson of FORBIDDEN PLANET and THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN; Illustrator Károly Reich; Rory Calhoun of MOTEL HELL; and the patron saint of movie producers, Dino De Laurentiis.

Happy ate ate!

*“NATALIES” is a combined short form of the words NATAL (refers to birth) and ANNIVERSARIES… In other words, Birthdays. For the last year or so I’ve been posting these on my FACEBOOK page. I’ve been needing to start blogging more regularly, so this kills two switchboards with one operator… or something like that.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 2, 2012

Today is August 2, The Day of the Versatile Signature, Dinosaurs Day, Gymnastics Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Colorado Day, Day of the Water Nymphs (Macedonia), Dryads Wood and Water Gods Day (Greek), Fairies’ Charity Money Distribution Holiday, Festival of Imbolc, Friendship Day, Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Day, Harriet Quimby Aviator Day, Sisters Day, Twins Festival Day (in Ohio), and the feast day of St. Eusebius of Vercelli.

TODAY IN GEEK HISTORY: Author Lewis Carroll published his classic fantasy fiction work, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on August 2, 1865.

And it’s the 44th anniversary of the the premiere of DESTROY ALL MONSTERS! Originally released in Japan as CHARGE OF THE MONSTERS, the movie is Toho Studios’ ninth in the Godzilla series. It’s also the fifth film to feature Mothra, third to feature King Ghidorah, fourth to feature Rodan, and second to feature Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Minilla, Baragon, and Varan. This film is also considered that last of the more classical era of Showa films.


Jim Purkey, illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman

Jim Purkey, illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman

Today’s featured NATALIE is soon to be ambassador to North Dakota Jim Purkey, who was a fellow member of the Wichita State Science Fiction Society (known affectionately as “Wizz-Fizz”), and is currently heavy into the Ren Faire and Steam Punk Cultures. Coming from a theatrical family (his brother Brad is a wichita theatre mainstay), I personally worked with him in the production MAD MATT BEYOND HIPPODROME, and I cast him as a Russian Saboteur in my student film THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN COLLECTO.

He shares his birthday with Hallie Eisenberg of BICENTENNIAL MAN; Edward Furlong of TERMINATOR 2, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS and PECKER; Sam Worthington of AVATAR and TERMINATOR SALVATION; game designer Hiroyuki Goto; Alice Evans of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES; “View Askewniverse” creator Kevin Smith; screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna; Mary-Louise Parker of RED DRAGON and RED (hold the dragon?); One of my favorite actresses, Cynthia Stevenson of MY TALK SHOW and THE PLAYER; Apollonia Kotero of PURPLE RAIN and TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY; Daffy UHF ingenue and Tea Party Girl Victoria Jackson; Tim Dunigan of CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE; Butch Patrick of THE MUNSTERS and LIDSVILLE; Kathryn Harrold of NIGHTWING and INTO THE NIGHT; Joanna Cassidy of BLADE RUNNER and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT; Max Wright of ALF and THE STAND; THe amazing Peter O’Toole of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and MY FAVORITE YEAR; filmmaker John Dexter; actors Carroll O’Connor, Nehemiah Persoff, Ann Dvorak, Helen Morgan, Marin Sais and Gary Merrill; Beatrice Straight of NETWORK and POLTERGEIST; Myrna Loy of THE THIN MAN movies; Hitchcock collaborator and screenwriter Charles Bennett; producer Jack Warner (of the Warner Brothers); and Horror filmmaker Wes Craven, creator of THE HILLS HAVE EYES, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, the SCREAM franchise, and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

Happy August 2nd Everyone!

*“NATALIES” is a combined short form of the words NATAL (refers to birth) and ANNIVERSARIES… In other words, Birthdays. For the last year or so I’ve been posting these on my FACEBOOK page. I’ve been needing to start blogging more regularly, so this kills two bottle caps with one wombat… or something like that.

I cull my information from Wikipedia, American Catholic.Org, voices.yahoo.com and my own brain.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 1, 2012

NATALIES!* Today is August 1, The Day of Original Style, Homemade Pie Day, Play Ball Day, Respect for Parents Day, Sing-a-Round Day, Abolition of Slavery Day (Jamaica), Admission Day (Colorado), American Family Day (Arizona), Benin Independence Day, Cheyenne Frontier Day, Colorado Statehood Day (1876), Confederation Day (Switzerland), Cross-Quarter Day, Dahomey Independence Day, Document Delivery Day, Emancipation Day (Trinidad and Tobago), Fairies’ Imps Charity Scramble Holiday, Feast of Bread, Fiesta Day (Nicaragua), Friendship Day, Girlfriend’s Day, Guam Constitution Day, Gule of August (Wales), Homowo – Hooting at Hunger Holiday (Ghana), International Friendship Day, Lady Day Eve, Lammas (Scotland), Lanmac Tide – Beginning of Harvest Season, Laughter Day (Southern California), Lughnasadh Holiday (Wiccan), and Lugnasadh – Lammas Day Celtic Festival, National Night Out, Non-Parent Day, Picnic Day (Australia), Pod Body Day (Maine), Sister’s Day, Sports Day, Wattle Day (Australia), Women Astronomers Day, St. Peter ad Vincula Feast Day, The Seven Machabees Martyrdom Day, Armed Forces Day (Angola), Emancipation Day (Barbados, and Jamaica), Mini Fetes (French Polynesia), and the Feast day of St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori.

This day in Geek History! August 1, 1962 was the street date of Issue 15 of the Marvel Comic Book Amazing Fantasy, which featured the VERY FIRST APPEARANCE of SPIDER-MAN, created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee!

And on 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, Music Television (MTV) went on the air for the first time with the song “Video Killed The Radio Star”by The Buggles.


My wife, Michelle. Illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman

My wife, Michelle. Illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman

Today’s The Birthday of my beloved wife (and still Significant Techie) of almost 20 years, my Michelle, aka “The Amazing RealityChick”. To this day I’ve not found a tougher chick, or a brighter smile than hers. I really do believe that between us we will take over the world.

Other featured Natal Anniversaries include Railrack Operator Noah Booth, Theology student Beckie Jenek, Cinematographer Carlos Octavio Rubio; and old Derby High School pal Kasy Quinn.

They share their special day with Jack O’Connell of SKINS; voice actress Rumi Hiiragi of SPIRITED AWAY; Jason Momoa of CONAN THE BARBARIAN, STARGATE: ATLANTIS and GAME OF THRONES; Tanya Reid of STARGATE SG-1; David Wain, director of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER; filmmaker Sam Mendes of AMERICAN BEAUTY, ROAD TO PERDITION, and the new James Bond film SKYFALL; John Carroll Lynch of FARGO and CARNIVALE; Demián Bichir of MACHETE KILLS; author and punk musician Jim Carroll; Avi Arad of Marvel Comics; Carolco cofounder and movie producer Andrew G. Vajna; Giancarlo Giannini of BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA, HANNIBAL, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLICE; Voice Actor (and MTW alumni) Jesse Corti of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; comedian and actor Dom DeLuise of BLAZING SADDLES, CANNONBALL RUN, and FATSO; OLIVER composer Lionel Bart; Disney voice actor Val Bettin; filmmaker J. Lee Thompson of both CONQUEST OF… and BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES; comic actor Henry Jones of WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER?; MOBY DICK Author Herman Melville; and “Star Spangled Banner” lyricist Francis Scott Key.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to August.

*“NATALIES” is a combined short form of the words NATAL (refers to birth) and ANNIVERSARIES… In other words, Birthdays. For the last year or so I’ve been posting these on my FACEBOOK page. I’ve been needing to start blogging more regularly, so this kills two ball point pens with one spool of dental floss… or something like that.

NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for July 31, 2012

“NATALIES” is a combined short form of the words NATAL (refers to birth) and ANNIVERSARIES… In other words, Birthdays. For the last year or so I’ve been posting these on my FACEBOOK page. I’ve been needing to start blogging more regularly, so this kills two wyverns with one marshmallow… or something like that.

Today is July 31, The Day of the Human Portrait, Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day, Cotton Candy Day, Friendship Day, Mutts Day, Shredded Wheat Day, Bosnia-Herzegovina Independence Day, Devoted Couples Day, La Hae Hawai’I – Flag Day in Hawaii, Lammas Eve, Norse Loki and Sigyn Day (Norway), Raspberry Cake Day, and the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Today in Geek History: On this day in 1966, THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS premiered.

The movie, released in Japan as Frankenstein’s Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 daikaiju eiga (giant monster movie), and a semisequel to Frankenstein vs. Baragon.
It introduces two giant, hairy humanoids called Gargantuas, which spawned from the discarded cells of Frankenstein’s monster from the previous film and are described as brothers. The Green Gargantua is violent and savage, preying upon human beings; as he lives in sea water, he is given the name Gaira (from kai, “sea”). The Brown Gargantua had been raised in captivity, and is docile and gentle; because he resides in the Japan Alps, he is called Sanda (from san, “mountain”). The film follows the investigation and military engagements of these creatures until their climactic confrontation in Tokyo.


Michael Biehn, Illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman.

Michael Biehn, Illustration by M. Mrakota Orsman.

Today’s featured NATAL Anniversary is that of Actor and Director Michael Biehn of THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, THE ABYSS, TOMBSTONE, and PLANET TERROR. He has recently directed his first film, THE VICTIM. I hope he gets to make his “True Story of Johnny Ringo” biopic. TOMBSTONE never got him remotely correctly. Ringo never shot a priest, for example…

Other folks celebrating their birthdays today are Rico Rodriguez of MODERN FAMILY, Eric Lively of BRAINSTORM, B. J. Novak of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS; Emilia Fox of the BBC’s MERLIN; Ben Chaplin of LOST SOULS and DORIAN GRAY; Loren Dean of SPACE COWBOYS and APOLLO 13; video game composer Tim Wright; voice actor Mitsuo Iwata; anime director Tatsuya Ishihara; Dean Cain of LOIS AND CLARK and RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT; HARRY POTTER scribe J. K. Rowling; filmmaker Julian Richards of SHIVER and THE LAST HORROR MOVIE; Wesley Snipes of the BLADE films, and DEMOLITION MAN; Wally Kurth of POM POKO, GENERATOR REX and MORTAL KOMBAT 2011; Dirk Blocker of POLTERGEIST and PRINCE OF DARKNESS; Barry Van Dyke of GALACTICA 1980; Richard Griffiths ot the HARRY POTTER films, WITHNAIL AND I, and KING RALPH; Geraldine Chaplin of THE WOLFMAN; France Nuyen of BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES; Geoffrey Lewis of THE DEVIL’S REJECTS and LAWNMOWER MAN; Ted Cassidy of THE ADDAMS FAMILY and THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN; author Lynne Reid Banks; Don Murray of CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Percy Herbert of ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND; MATCH GAME co-producer Bill Todman; and TOM AND JERRY producer Fred Quimby. Happy Day All!