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.

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