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Boston subway riders use a "CharlieCard" to pay their fares. Who's Charlie?

Yesenia was the first to know it was named after the folk song "Charlie on the MTA" and if Yesenia can send me an address and a preferred T-shirt size, I can send out a Sun-Times t-shirt. You can send by the blog or e-mail me at mwisniewski@suntimes.com.

The Boston subway system named its electronic card-based fare collection
system the "CharlieCard" as a tribute to a 1948 song called "Charlie on the
MTA" by Jacqueline Steiner and Bess Lomax Hawes. The Kingston Trio had a hit
with the song in 1959. The song tells of a man named Charlie who can't get
off the Boston subway because he didn't bring a nickel for the exit fare.
The chorus goes like this:

Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearn'd
He may ride forever
'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned.

The abiding mystery of the song is that every day, Charlie's wife hands him
a sandwich "as the train goes rumbling through." So why doesn't she hand him
a nickel?

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Best picture with a train in a leading role:
"The General," 1927
"Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express," 1974
"The Darjeeling Limited," 2007
"Silver Streak," 1974
"North by Northwest," 1959 XXXXX

Best picture with car(s) in a leading role:
"The Blues Brothers," 1980
"Cars," 2006
"Bullitt," 1968 XXXXX
"Duel," 1971
"Christine," 1983

Best picture with a plane in a leading role:
"Casablanca," 1942
"Airport," 1970
"Air Force One," 1997
"Airplane!" 1980
"Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," 1964 XXXXX

Best picture with a bus in a leading role:
"The Graduate," 1967
"Speed," 1994 XXXXX
"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," 1994
"Get on the Bus," 1996

Best picture featuring the Chicago "L"
"Risky Business," 1980 (I dislike this movie, but I've never been a teenage boy)
"Spider Man-2," 2004
"While You Were Sleeping," 1995 XXXXX
"High Fidelity," 2000
"The Fugitive," 1993

Best picture with a boat in a leading role:
"Titanic," 1997
"The Poseidon Adventure," 1972
"Captains Courageous," 1937
"Lifeboat," 1944
"Moby Dick," 1956 XXXXX

Best picture with a motorcycle in a leading role:
"The Great Escape," 1963
"The Wild One," 1953
"Easy Rider," 1969 XXXXX

Best picture with an RV in a leading role:
"Lost in America," 1985 XXXXX
"The Long, Long Trailer," 1953
"About Schmidt," 2002

Best imaginary vehicle:
The Batmobile
The Starship Enterprise XXXXX
The Millennium Falcon
The Great Glass Elevator

Best overall road picture:
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 2000
"It Happened One Night," 1934 XXXXX
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, 2001, 2002, 2003
"The Grapes of Wrath," 1940
"Sullivan's Travels," 1941

The Ride

Best picture with a train in a leading role:
"The General," 1927
"Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express," 1974
"The Darjeeling Limited," 2007
"Silver Streak," 1974
"North by Northwest," 1959 XXXXX

Best picture with car(s) in a leading role:
"The Blues Brothers," 1980
"Cars," 2006
"Bullitt," 1968 XXXXX
"Duel," 1971
"Christine," 1983

Best picture with a plane in a leading role:
"Casablanca," 1942
"Airport," 1970
"Air Force One," 1997
"Airplane!" 1980
"Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," 1964 XXXXX

Best picture with a bus in a leading role:
"The Graduate," 1967
"Speed," 1994 XXXXX
"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," 1994
"Get on the Bus," 1996

Best picture featuring the Chicago "L"
"Risky Business," 1980 (I dislike this movie, but I've never been a teenage boy)
"Spider Man-2," 2004
"While You Were Sleeping," 1995 XXXXX
"High Fidelity," 2000
"The Fugitive," 1993

Best picture with a boat in a leading role:
"Titanic," 1997
"The Poseidon Adventure," 1972
"Captains Courageous," 1937
"Lifeboat," 1944
"Moby Dick," 1956 XXXXX

Best picture with a motorcycle in a leading role:
"The Great Escape," 1963
"The Wild One," 1953
"Easy Rider," 1969 XXXXX

Best picture with an RV in a leading role:
"Lost in America," 1985 XXXXX
"The Long, Long Trailer," 1953
"About Schmidt," 2002

Best imaginary vehicle:
The Batmobile
The Starship Enterprise XXXXX
The Millennium Falcon
The Great Glass Elevator

Best overall road picture:
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 2000
"It Happened One Night," 1934 XXXXX
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, 2001, 2002, 2003
"The Grapes of Wrath," 1940
"Sullivan's Travels," 1941

The Ride

Best picture with a train in a leading role:
"The General," 1927
"Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express," 1974
"The Darjeeling Limited," 2007
"Silver Streak," 1974
"North by Northwest," 1959 X

Best picture with car(s) in a leading role:
"The Blues Brothers," 1980
"Cars," 2006
"Bullitt," 1968 X
"Duel," 1971
"Christine," 1983

Best picture with a plane in a leading role:
"Casablanca," 1942 X
"Airport," 1970
"Air Force One," 1997
"Airplane!" 1980
"Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," 1964

Best picture with a bus in a leading role:
"The Graduate," 1967 X
"Speed," 1994
"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," 1994
"Get on the Bus," 1996

Best picture featuring the Chicago "L"
"Risky Business," 1980 (I dislike this movie, but I've never been a teenage boy)
"Spider Man-2," 2004
"While You Were Sleeping," 1995
"High Fidelity," 2000
"The Fugitive," 1993 X

Best picture with a boat in a leading role:
"Titanic," 1997
"The Poseidon Adventure," 1972
"Captains Courageous," 1937 X
"Lifeboat," 1944
"Moby Dick," 1956

Best picture with a motorcycle in a leading role:
"The Great Escape," 1963 X
"The Wild One," 1953
"Easy Rider," 1969

Best picture with an RV in a leading role:
"Lost in America," 1985 X
"The Long, Long Trailer," 1953
"About Schmidt," 2002

Best imaginary vehicle:
The Batmobile
The Starship Enterprise X
The Millennium Falcon
The Great Glass Elevator

Best overall road picture:
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 2000
"It Happened One Night," 1934 X
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, 2001, 2002, 2003
"The Grapes of Wrath," 1940
"Sullivan's Travels," 1941

Best picture with a train in a leading role:
"The General," 1927
"Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express," 1974 X
"The Darjeeling Limited," 2007
"Silver Streak," 1974
"North by Northwest," 1959

Best picture with car(s) in a leading role:
"The Blues Brothers," 1980
"Cars," 2006
"Bullitt," 1968 X
"Duel," 1971
"Christine," 1983

Best picture with a plane in a leading role:
"Casablanca," 1942
"Airport," 1970
"Air Force One," 1997
"Airplane!" 1980
"Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," 1964

CON-AIR X


Best picture with a bus in a leading role:
"The Graduate," 1967
"Speed," 1994 X
"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," 1994
"Get on the Bus," 1996

Best picture featuring the Chicago "L"
"Risky Business," 1980 (I dislike this movie, but I've never been a teenage boy)
"Spider Man-2," 2004 X
"While You Were Sleeping," 1995
"High Fidelity," 2000
"The Fugitive," 1993

Best picture with a boat in a leading role:
"Titanic," 1997
"The Poseidon Adventure," 1972 X
"Captains Courageous," 1937
"Lifeboat," 1944
"Moby Dick," 1956

Best picture with a motorcycle in a leading role:
"The Great Escape," 1963 X
"The Wild One," 1953
"Easy Rider," 1969

Best picture with an RV in a leading role:
"Lost in America," 1985
"The Long, Long Trailer," 1953
"About Schmidt," 2002 X

Best imaginary vehicle:
The Batmobile
The Starship Enterprise
The Millennium Falcon X
The Great Glass Elevator

Best overall road picture:
"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" 2000
"It Happened One Night," 1934
The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, 2001, 2002, 2003
"The Grapes of Wrath," 1940 X
"Sullivan's Travels," 1941

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