Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on this day in 1988. And our lives would never be the same.
Created by Joel Hodgson, MST3K ran on KTMA in Minneapolis before getting picked up and moved to Comedy Central, where it ran until 1997. The series also made a bit of a comeback on Netflix this year, absolutely always holds up, and will endure into eternity.
Today is also the birthday of Forrest J Ackerman, who was an agent to some of the greatest science fiction writers ever: Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and even L. Ron Hubbard. Ackerman was also a writer himself of a ton of science fiction short stories, as well as the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and a master of collecting stuff.
People would go over to his house and interview him about his stuff pretty much all the time.
Ackerman died in 2008. He's remembered as championing the entire idea of fandom and in 2016 had a square dedicated to him in Los Angeles at the corner of Franklin and Vermont.
Tomorrow: Chris Claremont.