The Geekly with a Twist: August 3rd-9th

Hey again, everyone! Good news: we’ve survived the week again! While you may or may not be counting down to something else fun, at least one wait is over…it’s time for your Geekly! So, without any more stalling (since I’m so late already), onward with the history!

August 3rd, 1900: John T. Scopes (of the Scopes Trial fame) is born in Paducah, Kentucky.

August 3rd, 1904: Clifford D Simak, the prolific SciFi writer and third Grand Master of SFWA, is born in Millville, Wisconsin.

August 3rd, 1911: Alex McCrindle, the actor who first uttered “May the Force be with you,” in Star Wars (as General Jan Dodonna), is born in Glasgow, Scotland.A

August 3rd, 1955: Another alum of the Star Wars universe, voice actor Corey Burton is born Los Angeles, California.

 August 4th, 1834: John Venn is born in Yorkshire, England and the world instantly felt more organized.

August 4th, 1975: Andy Hallett, a man you may not recognize without his extensive demon makeup and crooner karaoke (Lorne from Angel, hello!), is born in Osterville, Massachusetts.

August 4th, 2007: Phoenix (a Mars lander) is launched atop a Delta II 7925 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

August 6th, 1934: Piers Anthony, SciFi/Fantasy writer extraordinaire (and creator of Xanth) is born in Oxford, England.

August 6th, 1943: Jon Postel, the computer giant for whom the Internet Society’s Postel Award is named (who has a list of accomplishments too long to list here), is born.

August 6th, 1960: An icon in modern Science Fiction television, David Duchovny (that’s Agent Mulder, in case you weren’t paying attention in the 90s) is born in New York City.

August 6th, 1975: A woman much fairer than Kristen Stewart will ever be, Charlize Theron is born in Benoni, a city in the Northeastern part of South Africa.

August 6th, 1976: Viking 2 goes into orbit above Mars.

August 6th, 1985: Japan’s first astronauts are chosen with the selection of Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri, and Chiaki Mukai (the only female of the trio).

August 8th, 1940: Multimillionaire and engineer Dennis Tito, the first space tourist, is born in Queens, New York.

August 8th, 1950: The “Father of the Playstation,” former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Ken Kutaragi is born in Tokyo, Japan.

August 9th, 1927: Daniel Keyes, the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Flowers for Algernon, is born in New York City.

August 9th, 1968 : The beautiful Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully…again, you have some issues if you missed THAT much of the 90s) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

August 9th, 1976: Rhona Mitra, the gorgeous brunette who filled the role of Sonja (Viktor’s daughter) in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, is born London, England.

For more on what happened in this week in geek history, check out these past Geeklys:

For a quick Twist this week, how about a Little Green Men?

  • 1/2 oz melon liqueur (such as Midori)
  • 1/2 oz silver or light rum
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 sugar cube

Squeeze the lime into a shaker with ice and rum. Shake the ingredients and add to a cocktail glass over the sugar. Add the melon liqueur over the top and watch the green swirls!

And, OMG HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!?!?…

William Shatner and Wil Wheaton Narrate Mars Rover Curiosty’s Landing

I love Wil Wheaton. Except for that whole liking the LA Kings bit. But I won’t be a dick about it. 🙂

Anyways, until next week, folks, geek on!

One thought on “The Geekly with a Twist: August 3rd-9th

  • August 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm
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    You’ve given me an excellent reason to finally try Midori: toasting to the memory of Andy Hallet. 🙂

    Reply

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