Steve Guttenberg

Tower of Terror

QUESTION:  In 1997, Disney released a made-for-tv film inspired by the Twilight of Terror ride. Which of the following actors starred in it?
A). Ted Danson
B). Tom Selleck
C). Steve Guttenberg
D). Bubba Smith
ANSWER BELOW

The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, was a television staple between 1959 to 1964. For five years, fans of the odd and thought provoking would get their weekly dose on CBS' science-fiction/fantasy/psychological-supernatural horror anthology. Now, well over fifty years later, the show continues to have its influence. One perfect example of this is the ride Tower of Terror that Disney designed and placed in three of its international theme parks. First introduced in the Summer of 1994 in Disney's Studios (then known as Disney-MGM Studios) in Walt Disney World, Florida, it would open also in Tokyo, Paris, and California parks - although the one in California closed early in 2017.

The ride is all about an elevator ride taken in 1939 by five people. They never reached their destination and, it's said, haunt the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Visitors to the hotel are taken through a neglected lobby, through some rooms, and into an oversized elevator as Rod Serling's voice leads them on an experience from which they may never return. Okay, fine. It's Disney, so they will most certainly return, but if they have trouble with free fall rides, they may return without part of their lunch. Using a torque equal to that of 275 Corvette engines, the ride is able to achieve its top speed (right around forty miles per hour) in one-and-a-half seconds. Riders shoot to the top of the tower, then plunge down as far as 157 feet.  May not sound like a lot, but it's not recommended for the weak of stomach. Fortunately, you don't have to go to a Disney park to see a fun interpretation of the ride: come to the American Treasure Tour! Bob Omrod created a miniature version of the ride out of cardboard and pencil crayons, a homemade piece of art dedicated to the first thrill ride ever to inspire its own television movie!

ANSWER:  C). Steve Guttenberg, along with Kirsten Dunst, Via Peeples, and a whole slew of other performers.

Steve Guttenberg - August 24, 2014

Happy 56th Birthday to Steve Guttenberg! He starred in a number of hit movies of the 1980s including Diner, Police Academy (and its three sequels), Cocoon, Short Circuit, and 3 Men and a Baby. 

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Guttenberg turned down not one but two hit 80's movies. What were they?

a)   Big and Ghost

b)   Big and Ghostbusters

c)    Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing

d)   Dirty Dancing and Ghost

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Surely, Guttenberg’s most embarrassing moment must be his starring turn in 1980’s Can’t Stop the Music, a vehicle for the Village People. It won the very first Razzie award for worst film. Oh, and it costars Bruce Jenner in short shorts. Here’s the trailer; you owe it to yourself to watch it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

A career is a series of ups and downs, of comebacks.

~Steve Guttenberg

 

DID YOU KNOW…

The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed this day in 1456. Coincidence!?

 

TRIVIA ANSWER

b) Big and Ghostbusters. D’oh!