New contest for Week 1228: That movie is SO about you
“There’s a Girl in My Soup”: Jeffrey Dahmer (Stephen Dudzik; Charlie Steinhice) “You Only Live Twice”: Elvis (Russell Beland) “The Curse of the Fly”: Bill Clinton (Mary Lee Fox Roe) “The Tip Off”: John Wayne Bobbitt (Mary Lee Fox Roe)
Back in 1998 the Empress’s predecessor, the Czar of the Style Invitational, ran a contest whose angle was the rumor at the time that the romance of Al and Tipper Gore was the inspiration for the book and movie “Love Story.” (Author Erich Segal denied it, but said the Harvard preppy character Oliver Barrett IV was a combination of the young Al and his college roommate, Tommy Lee Jones.) The results of Week 252 were highly topical, laden with 1998headline names: Frank Gifford! Marlene Cooke! Michael Fay! Pamela Anderson Lee! M. Larry Lawrence! So let’s give another go to this contest, now that we can use lots of people who (if we’re lucky) will be trivia questions themselves 19 years from now. This week: Name someone who was the “secret
inspiration” for a certain movie, as in the more lasting examples above from Week 252. The E predicts that most of the humor will come from wordplay on the movie titles, as above, but it’s possible that some jokes could refer to the films’ actual content. This contest is far more shortform than most Invitational contests, and we’re likely to get lots of duplication among the 1,000plus entries. So the ink will likely go to the most imaginative Losers.
Submit entries at this website: bit.ly/enter-invite-1228 (all lowercase).
Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a threecount’emthree genuine 1970s copies of “The Losers,” a series of comic books about World War II antiheroes that, by the Vietnam era, had taken an antiwar perspective. (It was a later, unrelated “Losers” comic, about CIA renegades, that inspired the movie we gave out in Week 1194.) Donated by 20Time Loser Himself Perry Beider.
Other runners-up win our new “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship.” Honorable mentions get one of our new lustedafter Loser magnets, “No Childishness Left Behind” or “Magnum Dopus.” First Offenders receive only a smelly treeshaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). Deadline is Tuesday night, May 30; results published June 18 (online June 15). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline “Liken or Not” was submitted by both Beverley Sharp and Tom Witte; the honorablementions subhead is by Kevin Dopart. Join the Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at on.fb.me/invdev. “Like” Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday.
THE STYLE CONVERSATIONAL The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. Especially if you plan to enter, check it out at wapo.st/styleconv.