NATALIES: Natal Anniversaries for August 7, 2012

NATALIES! Today is August 7th, aka The Day of the Double Agent, Beach Party Day, Lighthouse Day, Professional Speakers Day, Raspberries and Cream Day, Sea Serpent Day, Canadian Heritage Day (varies), Fairies’ Smartest Leprechaun Eisteddford Holiday, Feast of ‘Aut-Yeb – Personification of Female Joy (Egypt), Feast of the Holy Name and Ivory Coast Independence Day, Mustard Day, National Night Out, Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, Pea Festival Day, Smile Week, and the Feast Day of St. Cajetan.

This Day in Geek History! On this day in 1941, HERE COMES MR. JORDAN, adapted from the Harry Segall play “Heaven Can Wait”, premiered. The story of a boxer taken to the afterlife before his time, it was nominated for seven Oscars, and took home two, for writing. It was the basis for the 1978 Warren Beatty film HEAVEN CAN WAIT, which itself was the basis for the 2001 comedy DOWN TO EARTH with Chris Rock.

The first-ever computer chess tournament took place on August 7, 1970.

Heather Harbin Dye, Illustration by M Mrakota Orsman

Heather Harbin Dye, Illustration by M Mrakota Orsman

Today’s Featured Natalies include Clinical Psychology Consultant (and damn funny performer) Drew Fowler; insanely talented costumer Katie Kaufman; DYE CEO and movie fan Heather Harbin Dye; and Derby Hills secretary, and fellow St. Michael’s cantor, Devon Graf Packard.

They share their special day with Eric Johnson of SMALLVILLE; Cirroc Lofton of DEEP SPACE NINE; HAUTE TENSION director Alexandre Aja; Charlize Theron of PROMETHEUS and AEON FLUX; Vanessa Stacey of THE TRIBE, LORD OF THE RINGS and THE FRIGHTENERS; Hans Matheson of SHERLOCK HOLMES and CLASH OF THE TITANS; MAN OF STEEL’s “General Zod” Michael Shannon; Greg Serano of FRAILTY and DEADLY IMPACT; Harold Perrineau of the MATRIX films; David Duchovny of THE X FILES; Caroline Aaron of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and PUMPKIN; Wayne Knight of TOY STORY 2, JURASSIC PARK, TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY and SPACE JAM; Alexei Sayle of THE YOUNG ONES and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE; David Rasche of SLEDGE HAMMER!; John Glover of SMALLVILLE, SCROOGED, BATMAN AND ROBIN, and GREMLINS 2; Tobin Bell, “Jigsaw” of the SAW franchise; Science Fiction Writer Jerry Pournelle, Edward Hardwicke of Granada’s SHERLOCK HOLMES; Magician James (The Amazing) Randi; Rankin Bass screenwriter Romeo Muller of RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER, THE HOBBIT, ad nauseum; Our Gang member Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer; Humorist, advertising professional and voice actor Stan Freberg; film director Nicholas Ray; Billie Burke, aka “Glinda the Good Witch” of THE WIZARD OF OZ; accused spy Mata Hari; the “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory; and American treasure Garrison Keillor.

Happy August 7th!

*“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 Windows with one Linux… or something like that.

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