Any Questions #430: "STORY" | WAMC

Any Questions #430: "STORY"

Nov 22, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel write a new chapter.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the CEO of a world famous Fortune 500 company. Change one letter in his first name and one letter in his last name and you can spell the name of a famous American folk band. What are the names?

On-air questions
: On November 22, 1995, the film Toy Story was released in North America. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, Toy Story was the first feature-length film created completely using computer animation. It was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song for Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me", and in 2005 it was inducted into the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." To commemorate the release of Toy Story, this week our questions about other things that end with the word "Story."

1. A September 1957 review in the New York Herald Tribune which read, in part: "Director, choreographer, and idea-man Jerome Robbins has put together, and then blasted apart, the most savage, restless, electrifying dance patterns we've been exposed to in a dozen seasons .... the show rides with a catastrophic roar over the spider-web fire-escapes, the shadowed trestles, and the plain dirt battlegrounds of a big city feud" was about what Broadway show?
2. The 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart features covers of songs by Bob Dylan and the Temptations, but is perhaps best known for what song, whose lyrics include Stewart telling the title woman "I think I got something to say to you"?
3. It began as a series of specials, but the documentary series known as the E! True Hollywood Story soon became a weekly program, eventually numbering some 500 episodes. The series chronicled musicians, actors, athletes, and even two buildings. One of those two was what infamous New York City nightclub, whose episode was subtitled "Sex, Drugs, and Disco"?
4. What novel was author Erich Segal discussing in a 1997 article in the New York Times when he said that despite comments made by Al Gore, the character of Oliver Barrett was based partly on the former Vice President but also partly on Gore's Harvard roommate Tommy Lee Jones?
5. In the 1983 film "A Christmas Story," young Ralphie Parker finally gets a chance to use his coveted Little Orphan Annie decoder pin to break a secret message at the end of one of the show's episodes. He is dismayed to discover it's merely an advertisement for what drink?

Extra credit
1. While it originally didn't have a subtitle, the first season of what television series was later retroactively subtitled Murder House?
2. In May of 2019, Colorado Rockies player Trevor Story set a Major League Baseball record when he hit 100 home runs faster than anyone else at his position, taking only 448 games to reach the mark, 22 games fewer than Alex Rodriguez, the record's previous holder. What position does Trevor Story play?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase COVER STORY. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters in each word) that names a person who might have cast a ballot in favor of Toy Story. What is the phrase?

On-air questions

1. West Side Story
2. "Maggie May"
3. Studio 54
4. Love Story
5. Ovaltine

Extra credit
1. American Horror Story
2. Shortstop