Wednesday, March 04, 2015

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

American actor and director Leonard Nimoy -- best known for his role as Paris in the original Mission: Impossible series and for a brief role in a rather obscure sci-fi TV series called Star Trek -- reached the logical end of his existence on February 27 at age 83.

He will be missed.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

R.I.P. Mi Primo Mayor

I just got news from my mother this morning that one of my older cousins in Detroit has passed away. It has been years since I've seen him face-to-face yet he and his siblings still had a profound effect on my life -- if for no other reason than the fact that he and his siblings were the closest things to older brothers that I ever had.

He will be missed.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Ali Larter!

AKA Alison Elizabeth "Ali" Larter.

Born February 28, 1976.

She is an American actress who once played my favorite character on the TV series Heroes. Plus she reminds me of at least one former would-be novia. She also starred in the first two of the Final Destination movies though for some reason, I don't remember her that well from those films. Perhaps that is a blessing.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, José Vasconcelos!

AKA José María Albino Vasconcelos Calderón.

Born February 28, 1882. Died June 30, 1959.

He was the author of the 1925 essay The Cosmic Race aka La Raza Cósmica, an essay which helped popularized the use of La Raza as shorthand for the mixed race folk of Latin America. Ironically, it is often considered today to be as politically incorrect as the Eurocentric philosophies it had once sought to replace.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Marta Kristen!

Born February 26, 1945.

She played Judy Robinson on the old science fiction series Lost in Space, the first sci-fi show of which I was a fan. She also played a mermaid in the 1965 movie Beach Blanket Bingo.

Unfortunately, she is most known for playing fourth fiddle to Jonathan Harris, Billy Mumy and Dick Tufeld on Lost in Space, but I would like to think that many men of my generation still remember her, even if it is for a role for which she rather not be remembered.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Johnny Cash!

Born February 26, 1932. Died September 12, 2003.

He was one of the most iconic singers of my generation. He has been missed.

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Movie Quote of the Week

It is difficult for anyone to speak when you listen only to yourself.
--Barbara Stanwyck, The Man with a Cloak (1951)

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TV Quote of the Week

You're missing the point. Enlightenment was not the diamond. Enlightenment was the choice.
--Peter Davison, Doctor Who (The First Series), "Enlightenment"

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Iconos de Cine (Legs)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Edward James Olmos!

Born February 24, 1947.

He is a Mexican-American actor best known for his roles as William Adama in the new Battlestar: Galactica TV series and Lt. Martin Castillo in the TV version of Miami Vice. He is the one actor who comes closest to portraying the archetypical Mexican-American as far as my generation is concerned. And he was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver.

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Quote of the Week

How easy it is for those in power and prosperity to preach heroism to the vanquished! How little can they understand that life itself may rise in value with the unfortunate, when nought but life remains!
--Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

R.I.P. Lesley Gore

American singer, songwriter and actress Leslie Gore -- best known for such songs as "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me" -- ended her last party on February 16 at age 68.

She will be missed.

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R.I.P. Louis Jourdan

French actor Louis Jourdan -- best-known for his starring roles in such movies as the 1958 movie musical Gigi and the 1983 James Bond thriller Octopussy -- stopped being bored on February 14 at age 93.

He will be missed.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Cindy Crawford!

AKA Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford.

Born February 20, 1966.

She is one of my all-time favorite fashion models. However, I'm pretty sure that she doesn't normally dress like this.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Richard Matheson!

Born February 20, 1926. Died June 23, 2013.

He was a key contributor to such TV anthologies as The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, not to mention the author of I Am Legend, one of the first novels to drag the vampire legend kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. One of the first science fiction stories that I was ever taught about in school was a Matheson story. Indeed, it could be said that Matheson was a key influence on my life, even when he wasn't trying to be. And I am quite sure that I was not the only sci-fi fan that he influenced.

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