Any Questions #340: New Jersey Pop Culture

Mar 2, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about the Garden State.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase ORANGE RIVER. Change one letter to a D and you can spell a three-word phrase (four letters, two letters, five letters) for something a general might do. What is it?
Answer: Change an R to a D and you can spell GIVE AN ORDER.

On-air questions: On March 2, 1962 John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Twenty-one years later, he would form a band that took an American-ized version of his last name. Several hits, hiatuses and lineup changes later, the hair band legends will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. In honor of one of the Garden State’s most famous sons, today’s show is all about New Jersey popular culture.

1. The Bada Bing, Satriale’s and Fountains of Wayne are all locations in what David Chase-created series, which ran from 1999 through 2007 on HBO and was named the greatest television series of all-time by Rolling Stone?
2. Now retired — officially since 2010 — what Pulitzer Prize-winning author of works like “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Portnoy’s Complaint” and “American Pastoral” says he will give his personal book collection not to a university but to the Newark, N.J. public library upon his death?     
3. Currently performing on Broadway in a sold-out run where tickets cost as much as $850, what musician from New Jersey recorded a now-iconic live version of a Christmas carol at C.W. Post on Long Island in 1975, releasing it six years later?
4. The fictional and sprawling View Askewniverse created by actor and director Kevin Smith features related and recurring characters mostly living in Monmouth County, New Jersey. This universe traces its origins to a real convenience store called Quick Stop Groceries in Red Bank, NJ, the setting for what 1994 film?
5. Taking its name from New Jersey’s nickname, the 2004 indie hit and Sundance Film Festival Selection Garden State — about a young man who returns home to New Jersey from L.A. after his mother’s death — was written and directed by Zach Braff. Braff would go on to be nominated for an Emmy for his performance on what TV series about medical interns, which aired on NBC from 2001-2008 before switching to ABC for its final season?

Extra credit
1. Speaking of stoner comedies, a 2004 film, the first in a trilogy, stars Kal Penn and John Cho and takes place all around New Jersey during a frantic night for the title characters. What 1921-founded chain is mentioned in the movie’s title?
2. Originally airing on MTV from 2009 to 2012, a much-loved, much-derided reality TV series returns next month in a new installment called “Family Vacation.” What is the name of the series featuring such people as Pauly D, JWOWW, Ronnie, Snooki and The Situation?

This week's challenge
Start with the name of Bon Jovi hit “Bed of Roses.” Rearrange the letters and you can spell things you might find in a well-stocked fridge. What are the two five-letter words?

On-air questions

1. The Sopranos (Tony Soprano’s family’s house is a real location at 633 Stag Trail Road in North Caldwell, NJ)
2. Philip Roth (Roth has said he had “a strong suspicion that I’d done my best work and anything more would be inferior.”)
3. Bruce Springsteen (Santa Claus is Comin to Town; he also recorded it during the summer of 2009 at Bonnaroo)
4. Clerks (Kevin Smith said a sequel to 2006’s Clerks II was set to film but Jeff Anderson, who plays Randall, backed out.)
5. Scrubs (several cast members appeared in character in “It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie”)

Extra credit
1. White Castle (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle)
2. Jersey Shore