What’s your ‘Graffiti’ IQ?

Bee Staff ReportsMay 29, 2014 


After cruising the main drag, high schoolers congregate at their favorite hangout, Mel’s Drive-In, in this scene from “American Graffiti.”

UNKNOWN — Lucasfilm Ltd./ Coppola Co.


    1. That’s my secret.

    2. George Lucas

    3. Curt, Steve, John and Terry “The Toad”

    4. College-bound Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), future insurance salesman Steve (Ron Howard), aging hot-rodder John (Paul Le Mat) and geeky Terry “The Toad” (Charles Martin Smith)

    5. Petaluma

    6. 28 days

    7. Magic Carpet Airlines

    8. Pharaohs (inspired by the Faros in Modesto)

    9. Wolfman Jack

    10. Five

    11. Selling insurance in Modesto

    12. Harrison Ford

    13. Wearing a cowboy hat

    14. Bo Hopkins

    15. Charles Martin Smith


1. Where were you in ’62?

2. Who is the Modesto native who made “American Graffiti”?

3. Who were the four main characters?

4. Who played the four main characters?

5. Where was “American Graffiti” filmed?

6. How long did it take to film the movie?

7. What is the airline that carries Curt away?

8. What was the name of the car club depicted in the movie?

9. Who was the gravelly voiced radio DJ?

10. How many Academy Award nominations did “American Graffiti” receive?

11. At the end of the movie, the screen credits relate what happened to each of the characters. What was the fate of Steve Bolander?

12. Which actor refused to cut his hair for the film, believing that he would never work again until his hair grew out.

13. What did that actor suggest as an alternative?

14. Who said, “They put so much of that stuff (hair grease) in my hair, a fly just slid right off.”

15. And whom did George Lucas end up giving lessons to on how to comb his greaser-geek hairstyle?

– Compiled from Bee archives

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