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What’s in a name? How about cultural significance

Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius
Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius
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Dr. Otto Octavius has never had time to visit his old hometown. The criminal mastermind works for Marvel Comics. As Dr. Octopus, he has spent a career fighting the pesky Spider-Man. Schemes and plots for revenge have prevented “Doc Ock” from packing six suitcases and taking a vacation in Schenectady. Not Boston, New Orleans or Los Angeles. When Marvel biographers gave Octavius an origin, they listed Schenectady as the city where little Otto grew up. ...


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qmab
July 27, 2011
7:50 a.m.

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As I recall, in Earth Vs the Flying Saucers, the line was, "Call the city that lights and hauls the world -- Schenectady!"

artbarb
July 27, 2011
5:12 p.m.

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You missed one. When Winter of Frozen Dreams was shot here and starred Thora Birch and Keith Carradine, the city name on the cop car and cop badges was Corlear. This was an inside joke by city historian Don Rittner who explained to the producers that Corlaer (spelled with ae) was the name the French called Schenectady in the 18th century. The producers then went along with it and called their mythical city Corlear.

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