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Oddball facts and Trivia

(In other words, they have a place in Sopranos, I just haven’t figured out where)

In the beginning credits, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) goes over a bridge on Routes 1 and Routes 9 truck route between South Kearny and Jersey City. Some things that Tony Soprano probably didn’t know about the road he is on. Route 1 runs 2,450 miles from Fort Kent, Maine and ends in Key West, Florida.   If he stayed long enough on Route 1 in either direction Tony would eventually pass the Bronx Zoo, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Flipper's grave (Grassy Key, Fla.), and the Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston, Me. If this starts to give him a panic attack he can always stop at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Newark, New Jersey, which is twice the size of the St. Louis facility and produces more Budweiser than any other plant in the world. 

When Tony and his crew return from Italy in season 2, the are shown driving south from Nutley on Route 21 South towards Newark Airport.   If he were really going home, he would have taken Interstate 280 West; maybe they missed the turn off, turned around and were going back to the Interstate. Also, they are picked up at the departure level of Newark Airport not arrivals. This was probably done to accommodate the numerous trucks and equipment, which is brought to any location filming. The departure level of Newark Airport may have height clearance problems and would appear to be a closed area, not an outdoor scene.

In Episode 1, season 2, Spoons Parisi (Dan Grimaldi) is at Newark International Airport. When they pull away from the airport they appear to be on a service road. The planes in the background are too small to use Newark Airport (the landing fees at Newark for small aircraft are higher than what a large commercial plane would pay, that’s how we keep the crop dusters off the runway).   The airport that is seen in the background is Teterboro Airport, located approximately 10 miles north.

Contrarily to a common belief, the New Jersey State Bug is NOT the mosquito; it is the apis mellifera, the honeybee.

The Claremont Diner, located in Clifton, New Jersey on Route 3 westbound, was where Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), has a meeting where Tony says she can come out of hiding.   When the traffic is facing one actor, it is flowing freely at a steady speed.  When the camera angle changes, traffic is backed up.

There are portable air conditioning units brought into Satriales when filming is done during warm weather.

The tires on Tony’s Suburban are not the Firestone Wilderness AT’s, so that is not the reason he is having accidents.

The Sopranos, after a location shoot in a neighborhood, are known to pick up every little piece of debris before they leave, many times leaving the area in better condition than before they started. As far as film crews go, they are known for being very considerate and accommodating.

In season 1, Big Pussy has a different wife.

The guardrail that Tracee (Ariel Kiley) was killed on, behind the Bada Bing was made of Styrofoam. The finished at 4 am in the morning.

Federico Castelluccio (Furio) besides being a talented painter originally starred in the Soap Operas “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns”. He also was in "Crocodile Dundee II".

Every episode has a primary plot and a secondary plot, 13 or more scenes and a few mini plots.

David Chase’s father wanted him to be labor negotiator in South America.

Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) has been killed 17 times in movies and he says that he will never play a rat.

In the episode “Army of One”, the bedroom scene with Gloria Trillo (Anabella Sciora), Tony’s cigar gets bigger, smaller, bigger, and smaller.

The Muffler Man in the beginning credits was a fiberglass mold, which International Fiberglass and Prewitt Fiberglass turned out 1000’s of these during the 1960’s.   The company was originally in the boat business and it was something to do when the seasonal nature of the industry was slow.    Originally they sold for $2-3,000, presently they sell for $15-20,000 today.

 

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