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We did that not long ago, but OK.

LA to Vegas

- leaving one cool city to go to another
- not too far, not too near
- beautiful scenery
- featured in several movies

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Evil Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars
- Hissed like a snake
- Took pleasure in causing others suffering; the very definition of evil
- Reprised the role for multiple films
- Exuded over the top malevolence

The Quintessential hardboiled fictional detective

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Sam Spade

-Known to everyone
-Best movie portrayal ever
-As hardboiled as detectives come

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Jack Torrance from The Shining

- Role cemented Nicholson as an actor who could "escalate craziness" in his roles
- To get into the mood for the film, Nicholson only ate cheese sandwiches, which he hates.
- Many iconic shots of Nicholson are in the movie including him freezing in the cold and chopping through the door with an ax.
- "Here's Johnny!"


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Phil Connors from Groundhog Day

-Easily his most memorable movie
-Gave Murray his best role and stardom
-Excellent portrayal of a character that grows and changes
-Damn fine movie

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Captain John Miller from "Saving Private Ryan"

- he portrays a decent fellow placed in a bad spot
- by honoring WW2 vets he firmly establishes his reputation as one of Hollywood's few 'nice guys'
- a number of other actors could have been cast in the role, but following his performance the character now belongs to him
- the movie was a hit and made lots of money

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Lindy Chamberlain in A Cry in the Dark

- best thing about the movie
- mastered a broad Australian accent
- totally disappeared into the role, as she always does
- made a relatively unsympathetic character sympathetic
- became truly immortal through the Seinfeld line, "Did a dingo eat your baby?"

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Tyler Durden, in Fight Club

* The first reason is: it’s the source of his most famous line.
* The second reason is: it’s the source of his most famous line.
* Do an impression of Brad Pitt right now, without doing that line.
* Anyhow, it’s the one where he’s a bare-chested bare-knuckle brawler.
* No, not that one; the one where he spouts conspiracy-theorist rhetoric.
* No, not that one; the one where an impressed woman talks up bedding him.

Quintessential ‘courtroom drama’ movie.
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Quintessential ‘courtroom drama’ movie.
To Kill A Mockingbird*

- American classic movie and book
- Tells a very compelling courtroom story
- The lawyer is the hero of the story
- Misjustice is so much more memorable than justice

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Quintessential sports championship


*12 Angry Men is my top choice, but I figure with the whole thing taking place in the jury room, it might not quite count.
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The Olympics

- while some may argue the FIFA World Cup - in terms of sheer numbers - garners more viewers globally, more countries are actually represented and participate in the Olympics
- the games have deeper roots (2,600+ years) than any other sports championship you can name.
- the games provide a nonviolent outlet for nationalism
- the Olympic games are really dozens of sports championships; everything from archery to long jump to basketball

The Quintessential soft drink
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Coca-Cola

-Sold everywhere
-A number of great advertising campaigns
-Imitators everywhere
-Spawned the word "coke"
-Best diet soda ever

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Bud Light

- In 2018 it was the best selling beer in America with 15.4% of the market share.*
- 33.1 million barrels of Bud Light shipped in 2017
- Has had several memorable advertisement campaigns including Dilly Dilly and Wazzzzupp.
- Found everywhere in the US.

* https://vinepair.com/articles/infogr...beers-america/

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Long Island Iced Tea

* It’s a gin drink.
* It’s a rum drink.
* It’s a vodka drink.
* It’s known even to rookie bartenders.
* It’s mixed so as to keep from tasting especially strong.
* It is, though, especially strong.

Quintessential pulp-magazine hero.
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Bud Light

- Has had several memorable advertisement campaigns including Dilly Dilly and Wazzzzupp.
Wazzzzupp was for the Budweiser brand, not Bud Light.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:21 AM
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Wazzzzupp was for the Budweiser brand, not Bud Light.
Oops, you're right.

Quintessential pulp-magazine hero.

The Shadow

- Character debuted in 1930 on radio in an attempt to boost Detective Story Magazine and soon had his own magazine.
- His own radio drama began in 1937 and ran for 17 years.
- Also had 7 films, comic books, comic strips, and video games
- Influenced other heroes including Batman, V for Vendetta, and Darkwing Duck.
- "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"


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Psycho

-Classic horror movie
-Great surprise ending
-Excellent acting performances
-Known by everybody
-"The shower scene" has become a meme

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Different Seasons

--Not just one plausible novel, but four plausible novellas.
--Three of the four have been turned into movies, and a movie based on the fourth has been announced for 2020. Two of the existing three are considered among the best movies ever made, and one of them was nominated for best picture.
--Established him as an author who could write outside of the horror genre.

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Kilgrave on Jessica Jones

- 100% opposite of the Doctor
- a powerful role that steals the show from the lead
- highly quotable ("Jessssica!")
- immediately forget this is the guy who played the Doctor

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Wii Fit U

- designed specifically for this Nintendo game platform
- included with balance board standard package
- there are many more Wii U games that are more fun, but this one focused on exercise and fitness, which is the principal function and appeal of Wii

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Quintessential kids breakfast cereal

Trix

Very sugary, very bad for you
Also very delicious
Excellent marketing campaign
The famous "Trix Rabbit gets to eat Trix" campaign

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Alex Trebek

-Hosted many game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth
-Totally identified with Jeopardy!
-Has hosted the show since 1984 (35 years!)
-Known by everybody
-Has all around nice guy image
-His cancer announcement hit most people very hard

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Quintessential Rolling Stones song - - - Jumping Jack Flash
- hard, driving beat
- mumbled lyrics no-one can understand
- violent imagery
- used in a Whoopi Goldberg movie ;-)

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Quintessential Grateful Dead song: "Truckin'"

- Co-written by all four of the band's primary songwriters (Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Robert Hunter)
- Inspired by the band's travels on the road, and, in particular, a real-life drug bust on them in New Orleans in 1970
- Among the songs which the Dead played most often live
- Thanks to play by album-oriented rock and classic rock radio stations, it's among the Dead songs most recognized by non-Deadheads
- The line "what a long, strange trip it's been" entered the popular lexicon

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George Washington

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John Adams: It doesn't matter. I won't be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them - Franklin, Washington, and the horse - conducted the entire revolution by themselves.
and Franklin didn't make president. Neither did the horse.

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Peter, Paul, and Mary

- Performed from 1961 - 70 and 81 - 2009, and still preformed together while they were "broken up" from 70-80.
- Had number 1 hits with Blowin' in the Wind, Puff the Magic Dragon, and Leaving on a Jet Plane.
- Performed at the 1963 March on Washington
- Come on, if you don't cry when you hear Puff the Magic Dragon, then you have no soul.


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Peter, Paul, and Mary

- Performed from 1961 - 70 and 81 - 2009, and still preformed together while they were "broken up" from 70-80.
- Had number 1 hits with Blowin' in the Wind, Puff the Magic Dragon, and Leaving on a Jet Plane.
- Performed at the 1963 March on Washington
- Come on, if you don't cry when you hear Puff the Magic Dragon, then you have no soul.


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The Rolling Stones.

* Early ‘70s, they could still hit #1 with their ‘60s sound (Brown Sugar)
* Late ‘70s, they could adapt into #1 with disco rock (Miss You)
* In between? “It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)”

Quintessential character class from Dungeons & Dragons.
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Magic user.

- that's right, not wizard or sorcerer, but the awkward-sounding term 'magic-user'. Kinda encapsulates the underlying awkward dweebiness of the game (and some of its' participants)
- who ever heard of a party descending into a dungeon without one? You could do without a thief, monk, ranger, or paladin, but c'mon those fireballs aren't gonna lob themselves
- lots of players secretly identified on a personal level more with this class than other classes. While maybe a fighter sounds cool, who thinks of themselves as being like a cleric in life?

Quintessential HBO series

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Quintessential HBO series

The Sopranos

Villain protagonist
Overwhelmingly popular
First TV series in my memory that released in season box sets, all of which started out ridiculously expensive. (My Blockbuster rented them out one disc at a time.)

Quintessential Star Trek: The Next Generation episode
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"Firstborn"

- features time travel
- we learn more interesting stuff about Klingon culture
- good mix of humor and drama
- heartstrings pulled by Worf and Alexander scenes
- passing references to cool, unseen Federation stuff like the USS Kearsarge and the Vodrey Nebula

Quintessential Star Trek: The Original Series episode
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Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

- featured a guest star that folks endlessly point out "hey did you know a famous COMEDIAN once starred in a ST episode? That's right, it was Frank Gorshin"
- in typical ST fashion, the episode's moral message was heavy handed
- the episode was originally rejected by the teevee execs
- was the final story written by Gene Coon

Quintessential thing Americans are criticized for around the world
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Nothing can possibly TRUMP our current President

-Has made us the World's laughingstock
-Embarrass us daily with his tweets
-Sends us back to the day of the rich, white, Christian man having all the power
-Too much daily news about this man
-They wonder how this man got into office
-Absolute idiot, pure and simple

Quintessential thing Americans are praised for around the world

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Jazz music

- we invented it
- nobody has ever done it better than us
- hear it in a movie and you can be sure it will be played over an American scene
- many different varieties, so just about everyone can find a kind he or she likes

Quintessential classical composer
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Though the obvious answer is Mozart, I'm going with Beethoven

- Wrote the Fifth Symphony, the opening of which every single person on the planet knows and can identify
- Went deaf, yet still continued to compose -- totally badass
- Doubly famous as Schroeder's favorite composer
- That Ninth Symphony ain't too bad neither

Quintessential 20th-century American novel
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Gotta go with Steinbeck's 'The Grapes of Wrath'

- Is it too soon to call the book a classic? No, it's not too soon!
- Story is set against the backdrop of that quintessentially American event, the Dust Bowl
- Shortly after publication, the story was turned into a successful movie directed by John Ford....can't get much more quintessentially American than that!

Quintessential 1980's pop music icon

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Madonna (of course!)

-Came to prominence in 1982
-Easily the most recognizable performer of that era
-Sold billions of records, CDS, etc.
-Has maintained popularity for half a century
-Still going strong
-She is great!

Quintessential 1980's pop music group
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Duran Duran
- hits spanned the 80s from 1981 through 1989 and beyond
- instantly recognizable (Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf, The Reflex, I Don't
Want Your Love)
- actual songwriters and musicians

Quintessential 1950s television series.
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I Love Lucy

- Created the template for the three-camera sitcom still followed today
- First show to ever be re-run. Think of that: "I Love Lucy" invented the rerun
- Lucille Ball had one of the finest business minds in Hollywood
- "Waaahhhhhhh!!!"

Quintessential John Wayne performance
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Rooster Cogburn - True Grit

- Had the iconic look: tough, older cowboy with an eye patch
- Wayne's last huge commercial success
- He reprised the role for the movie Rooster Cogburn
- Won Best Actor in Leading Role for it in 1970.


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Quintessential lie parents tell children

Santa Claus is real

-They have plenty of television specials and Christmas carols to point to
-Some parents keep up the lie by wrapping presents or putting hidden presents under the tree at 3 o'clock in the morning on Christmas Day
-They have their children leave out milk and cookies, which the parents eat
-Misbehavior is punished by the words "Santa's watching!"

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Janitor

- don't need an advanced degree
- lots of them around
- important but unappreciated

Quintessential hoity-toity job
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Lawyers

- they're always driving around in their big black limousines looking down on us little people and lightin' their ceegars with $100 bills!
- the profession is associated with not only wealth, but also power
- they're 'them', not 'us'. Can't get much more hoity-toity than that, ya know.

Quintessential summer blockbuster film
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The original Star Wars

-Considered the first summer blockbuster film
-Special effects were amazing, and long before the day of computer special effects
-Gave the world several catch phrases
-Led to a franchise that will last forever

Quintessential summer mixed drink
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Long Island Iced Tea

- Cool and refreshing
- Appropriate in all social settings (you're not gonna order a Sex on the Beach in a fancy country club)
- Will put you nicely on your ass, if that's your goal

Quintessential silent comedy
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The General

- The movie stars Buster Keaton
- paper thin story serves as a vehicle to incorporate lots of slapstick and sight gags
- frequently included on lists of 'greatest silent films'

Quintessential Steven Spielberg film
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E.T.

- Pretty much owned the early 80s. E.T. was so big even Michael Jackson wanted in on it
- Once cited by Spielberg himself as the most personal of his films, along with "Schindler's List"
- Superbly crafted sci fi-drama-comedy-love story, and one of the best family films ever made

Quintessential Elvis Presley Song
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"It's Now or Never"

-Elvis's biggest selling single of all time
-Based on the Italian classic song O Solo Mio
-Hit #1 in 7 countries
-Barry White credited this song as his inspiration for changing his life and becoming a singer following his release from prison

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"I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More"

- First-ever single
- His first #1 R&B hit, and #3 on the pop chart
- Includes a recitative section, where Barry seduces you directly in that signature bassy growl
- Arranged and produced by Barry as well as written and sung by him

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