Tuesday, July 23, 2024

"Star Trek: First Contact" wins 3 Saturn Awards 1997

Star Trek: First Contact, the second appearance of the Next Generation crew, was nominated for 10 Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It took home three of the prizes at the annual ceremony held July 23, 1997.

Brent Spiner won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Data, and Alice Krige won Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the Borg Queen.  Deborah Everton won for Best Costumes.

Patrick Stewart was nominated for Best Actor as Jean-Luc Picard.  There were no nominees for Best Actress from the movie, which is a crime, since Alfre Woodard was awesome!  She deserved a nomination as much as Helen Hunt, Frances McDormand, and Penelope Ann Miller.  With the given nominees, I would have preferred to see Penelope Ann Miller win for her work in The Relic.

Star Trek: First Contact was nominated for Best Science Fiction Film. Jonathan Frakes was nominated for Best Director.  Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore were nominated for Best Writing. Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, and Jake Garber were nominated for Best Make-up. Jerry Goldsmith was nominated for Best Music (another tragedy that he didn't win). John Knoll with Industrial Light & Magic was nominated for Best Special Effects.

Independence Day had 11 nominations and won three.  The Relic, one of horror favorites, received two nominations.  Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie had one nomination.  Twister got four nominations.

The Pointer Sisters release "He's so Shy" 1980

My girls released He's So Shy, the first single from their Special Things album, July 23, 1980. The was written initially as She's So Shy by Tom Snow and Cynthia Weil for Leo Sayer, but Richard Perry, the Pointer Sisters' producer, thought it had greater potential if the gender of the song was adjusted.  

The Pointer Sisters' single went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1980 and held the spot for three weeks.  They performed He's So Shy on an episode of The Love Boat, which aired February 7, 1981.

Monday, July 22, 2024

"Jaws 3-D" released 1983

Another bad movie that I enjoy watching Jaws 3-D was released into theaters July 22, 1983.  It had a stellar cast with Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Lea Thompson, and Louis Gossett, Jr.  Roy Scheider absolutely wanted no part of this movie. Quaid plays the grown up son Michael Brody of Scheider's previous role of Police Chief Martin Brody of Amity Island.

Jaws 3-D takes place in SeaWorld Orlando, where a young great white shark manages to enter from the sea and begins attacking and killing park employees. Mike Brody is a chief engineer for SeaWorld with his girl friend Kay Morgan as the senior biologist.  After they capture the shark, they realize that a much larger shark has also infiltrated the park.

Although it fared well at the box office, it did not enjoy the same success as its predecessors.  It was largely criticized, receiving an 11% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  Jaws 3-D was nominated for five Razzie awards in 1984: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Supporting Actor Louis Gossett, Jr.  The dolphins were also nominated for Worst New Star which is unfair, considering the material they had to work with.  Also, who said their acting was terrible?

Chandrayaan-2 launched 2019

Chandrayaan-2, launched July 22, 2019, is the second mission to the moon, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The spacecraft launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre and reached lunar orbit on August 20, 2019.  

The Vikram lunar lander with the Pragyan rover attempted to land on the lunar surface September 6, but the lander crashed due to a software error.  The lunar orbiter continues to operate from orbit around the moon.

Chandrayaan-3 was launched in 2023 and successfully made a lunar landing.

Comedian Dan Rowan born 1922

Dan Rowan, born July 22, 1922 in Beggs, Oklahoma, is best known for his comedy show with partner Dick Martin, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.  He graduated from Pueblo, Colorado after being orphaned and then taken in by a foster family.  

In 1940, he hitchhiked to Los Angeles and got a job in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures.  During WWII, Rowan served as a fighter pilot in the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group of the US Army Air Forces.  He shot down two Japanese aircraft before being shot down himself and being seriously wounded.  He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

After the war, he returned to California and teamed up with Dick Martin and created a successful nightclub act.  They took their act to television and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuted in 1967.  The show lasted until 1973.  He won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Variety or Musical Series in 1969 with Martin, Paul Keyes, and Carolyn Raskin.

He passed away in 1987 from lymphoma.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Rohini-1, first Indian satellite, launched 1980

India officially entered the space age following the successful launch of Rohini-1 (Rohini Satellite 1 or RS-1), July 18, 1980. It was manufactured by the Indian Space Research Organization. India became the seventh country with its own ability to launch satellites. It was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Center.  It carried instruments such as a sun sensor, magnetometer, and temperature sensors.

It was planned to have a lifespan of 100 days, but it remained in orbit for 20 months.

Happy birthday, astronaut Josh Cassada!

Josh Cassada, born July 18, 1973 in San Diego, California, went into space as pilot of SpaceX Crew-5 to the International Space Station in October 2022.  Prior to becoming astronaut, he conducted research at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and became a naval officer.  He completed his flight training and flew in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was selected as an astronaut in 2013.  He spent over 157 days in space and participated in Expedition 68.  He returned to Earth in March 2023.