THE RUNNING MAN
Literature 1982. Written by Stephen King.
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BOGUS BUSINESS BUREAU
1BlamsBBBTobaccoCigarettes

Blams
Ben smokes Blams cigarettes.

2Block Health ClinicBBBHealthcareHospitals

Block Health Clinic
Benjamin Stuart Reynolds immunized July 2023. Booster September 2023. Block Health Clinic.

3The Blue DoorBBBTravelLodging

The Blue Door
Old rooming house / hotel on State Street in Portland where Ben seeks shelter.

4The Brant HotelBBBTravelHotels

The Brant Hotel
Hotel in New York City: He went to earth in the Brant Hotel, a so-so establishment on the East Side. That part of the city had been gradually entering a new cycle of chic. Yet the Brant was less than a mile from Manhattan's own blighted inner city - also the largest in the world. As he checked in, he again thought of Dan Killian's parting words: Stay close to your own people.

5Brickhill Manufacturing CompanyBBBIndustrial CompaniesManufacturing

Brickhill Manufacturing Company
"There's a box of gummed mailing labels in your suitcase," he said. "That's in the trunk. The stickers say: After five days return to Brickhill Manufacturing Company, Manchester, N.H. Rich and another guy ran em off. They got a press at the Stabbers' headquarters on Boylston Street. Every day you send your two tapes to me in a box with one of those stickers. I'll mail em to Games from Boston. Send me the stuff Speed Delivery. That's one they'll never figure out."

6Channel 1BBBCinemaTV Stations

Channel 1
He had a sudden raging urge to make this woman pull over: knock her sunglasses onto the gravel, drag her through the dirt, make her eat a stone, rape her, jump on her, knock her teeth into the air like startled digits, strip her nude and ask her if she was beginning to see the big picture, the one that runs twenty-four hours a day on channel one, where the national anthem never plays before the sign-off.

7DokesBBBTobaccoTobacco Products

Dokes
The drizzle had deepened into a steady rain by the time Richards hit the street. The big Smoke Dokes for Hallucinogenic Jokes thermometer across the street stood at fifty-one degrees. "Just the Right Temp to Stoke Up a Doke - High to the Nth Degree!" That might make it sixty in their apartment. And Cathy had the flu.

8Dyna-CoreBBBGoodsHardware

Dyna-Core
"LISTEN TO ME CAREFULLY!" His voice boomed and rolled across the flat jetport acres. Police waited tensely. The crowd shuffled. "I AM CARRYING TWELVE POUNDS OF DYNA-CORE HI-IMPACT PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE IN MY COAT POCKET - THE VARIETY THEY CALL BLACK IRISH. TWELVE POUNDS IS ENOUGH TO TAKE OUT EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE WITHIN A THIRD OF A MILE AND PROBABLY ENOUGH TO EXPLODE THE JETPORT FUEL STORAGE TANKS. IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LETTER, I'LL BLOW YOU ALL TO HELL. A GENERAL ATOMICS IMPLODER RING IS SET INTO THE EXPLOSIVE. I HAVE IT PULLED OUT TO HALF-COCK. ONE JIGGLE AND YOU CAN ALL PUT YOUR HEADS BETWEEN YOUR LEGS AND KISS YOUR ASSES GOODBYE."

9Echo Free-Vee RepairBBBServicesRepair Services

Echo Free-Vee Repair
Electronics repair service sign seen during the police chase. "Because you watch it, we won't botch it."

10Frisco PushBBBDrugsNarcotics

Frisco Push
Also known as San Francisco Push. syntheticamphetamine hallucinogen that goes for twenty oldbucks a tab.

11Fun GunsBBBTelevisionTV Shows

Fun Guns
TV show: Now that his mind was made up, the Games bored him again. Most of the others, however, were watching Fun Guns with a dreadful fascination. Next week it might be them.

12Games CommissionBBBOrganizationsProfessional Organizations

Games Commission
Organization that oversees the Network's games.

13General AtomicsBBBCorporationsTechnology Companies

General Atomics
Company where Ben Richards used to work.

14General Atomics Imploder RingBBBGoodsHardware

General Atomics Imploder Ring
Gold ring about two inches in diameter that looks like a keyring with no keys in it. Attached to it is a slim rod like a mechanical pencil with a G-A trigger device attached to it. The trigger device looks like the eraser on the pencil.

15Gilly's Town Line StoreBBBRetailStores

Gilly's Town Line Store
Store that Ben mentions to the Rockland Newsie when he calls, telling them to send a photographer to capture him and his hostage.

16Harding CatamountsBBBSportsBaseball Teams

Harding Catamounts
He watched the six o'clock newsie restlessly - the fighting in Ecuador was worse, new cannibal riots had broken out in India, the Detroit Tigers had taken the Harding Catamounts by a score of 6-2 in an afternoon game - and when the first of the evening's big-money games came on at six-thirty, he went restlessly to the window and looked out.

17Help PillsBBBDrugsMedicine

Help Pills
What were they eating this morning? Help pills. Fake milk for the baby. A sudden feeling of desperation swelled over him. Christ when would they start seeing money? Today? Tomorrow? Next week?

18The Hicksville TrooperBBBTechnology ProductsRobot Models

The Hicksville Trooper
He sounded like a well-programmed machine. General Atomics Model 6925-A9, Richards thought. The Hicksville Trooper. 16-psm Iridium Batteries included. Comes in White Only.

19Jarrold's StoreBBBRetailStores

Jarrold's Store
Location of a mailbox that Rolf mentions, where he'll drop the recorded tapes that Ben needs to send to the Network.

20KillballBBBSportsSports

Killball
The inner office looked big enough to play killball in. It was dominated by a huge, one-wall picture window that looked west over the homes of the middle class, the dockside warehouses and oil tanks, and Harding Lake itself.

21Molie'sBBBRetailStores

Molie's
Molie ran a Dock Street hockshop where a fellow with enough bucks to spread around could buy a police-special move-along, a full-choke riot gun, a submachine gun, heroin, Push, cocaine, drag disguises, a styroflex pseudo-woman, a real whore if you were too strapped to afford styroflex, the current address of one of three floating crap-games, the current address of a swinging Perverto Club, or a hundred other illegal items. If Molie didn't have what you wanted, he would order it for you.

22Move-alongBBBWeaponsGuns

Move-along
Police gun.

23Municipal CrematoriumBBBServicesFuneral Homes

Municipal Crematorium
Where Ben's mother ended up after dying of syphilis, and his brother Todd after a newsie airtruck lost its emergency brake on a hill while Todd was loading it. The kids on the street called it either the Ash Factory or the Creamery, they were bitter but helpless, knowing that they themselves would most likely end up being belched out of the stacks and into the city's air.

24The NetworkBBBCinemaTV Stations

The Network
TV station that airs a whole other level of game shows.

25The Pleasure of ServingBBBLiteratureNovels

The Pleasure of Serving
Novel brought to Ben Richards in his room the night before The Running Man begins.

26Raygon ChemicalsBBBIndustrial CompaniesChemical Companies

Raygon Chemicals
"I thought you'd enjoy the transformation, my good man," Bradley said with quiet dignity. "I'm the district manager for Raygon Chemicals, you know. We do a thriving business in this area. Fine city, Boston. Immensely convivial."

27Rockland NewsieBBBPeriodicalsNewspapers

Rockland Newsie
Free-Vee Tabloid Number 6943, newspaper that Ben Richards calls, telling them to send a photographer to capture him and his hostage.

28Rooty-TootBBBBeverage ProductsSoft Drinks

Rooty-Toot
Soft drink that Killian serves Ben Richards.

29Run for Your GunsBBBTelevisionTV Shows-Game Shows

Run for Your Guns
TV game show on The Network.

30The Running ManBBBTelevisionTV Shows

The Running Man
The network's biggest show, filled with chances for viewer participation, both vicarious and actual. The most lucrative and dangerous for the men involved.

31ScagBBBDrugsNarcotics

Scag
Recreational drug: Scag is twelve oldbucks a bag, Frisco Push goes for twenty a tab, but the Free-Vee will freak you for nothing.

32South City Manual TradesBBBEducationSchools

South City Manual Trades
Ben's last school attended, from September of 2011 until December of 2013.

33Southwest Food DepositoryBBBFood StoresGrocery Stores

Southwest Food Depository
The great movements of the decade passed by him ignored, like ghosts to an unbeliever. He knew nothing of the Housewife Massacre in '24 until his wife told him about it three weeks later - two hundred police armed with tommy guns and high-powered move-alongs had turned back an army of women marching on the Southwest Food Depository. Sixty had been killed.

34Sten GunBBBWeaponsGuns

Sten Gun
Someone was halfway out of the passenger side of the police car, which was on its way again. A thick stuttering sound filled the dark. Sten gun. Bullets dug through the turf around him in a senseless pattern. Dirt struck his cheeks, pattered against his forehead.

35Stockholm RestaurantBBBDiningRestaurants

Stockholm Restaurant
Richards felt a coolness creep into his testicles. An old man in a threadbare black overcoat sauntered down the side of the street and leaned casually against the building. Two fellows in tartan jumpers got out of a taxi, talking animatedly, and began to study the menu in the window of the Stockholm Restaurant.

36Super Pine Tree MallBBBRetailShopping Centers

Super Pine Tree Mall
Shopping mall under construction that Ben enters during the police chase.

37Swim the CrocodilesBBBTelevisionTV Shows-Game Shows

Swim the Crocodiles
TV game show on The Network.

38Treadmill to BucksBBBTelevisionTV Shows-Game Shows

Treadmill to Bucks
TV game show: Every minute the contestant could stay on the treadmill, keeping up a steady flow of chatter with the emcee, he won ten dollars. Every two minutes the emcee asked a Bonus Question in the contestant's category which was worth fifty dollars. If the contestant, dizzy, out of breath, heart doing fantastic rubber acrobatics in his chest, missed the question, fifty dollars was deducted from his winnings and the treadmill was speeded up.

39Vendo-Spendo CompanyBBBFood IndustriesFood Companies

Vendo-Spendo Company
The door opened, and Elton Parrakis walked in. He was immensely fat, and his lackluster blond hair was combed back in preposterous waves from his forehead to show a round baby face that held an element of perpetual puzzlement. He was wearing the blue and gold uniform of the Vendo-Spendo Company. He looked thoughtfully at Virginia Parrakis.

40Voigt AirfieldBBBTransportationAirports

Voigt Airfield
The car crawled slowly down the four-lane access road between the parked police cars, between the ceaseless scream and babble of the crowd. A sign loomed over them: VOIGT AIRFIELD. The woman could see an electrified cyclone fence which crossed a marshy, worthless sort of field on both sides of the road. Straight ahead was a combination information booth and check-in point on a traffic island.

FICTITIOUS TIMELINE
41August 8, 1997Dates20th Century: 90sBirth Dates

August 8, 1997
Benjamin Stuart Richards. Age twenty-eight, born August 8, 1997, city of Harding.

MAKE BELIEVE MAP
42Boondocks, U.S.A.MapUrban AreasCities-Joke

Boondocks, U.S.A.
The police were deployed more heavily here, and more were coming all the time. Richards was not surprised at the swiftness and the heaviness of their crunch, despite the suddenness of his appearance. Even here, in Boondocks, U.S.A., the club and the gun were kept near to hand. The dogs were kept hungry in the kennel. The poor break into summer cottages closed for autumn and winter. The poor crash supermarts in subteen gangs. The poor have been known to soap badly spelled obscenities on shop windows.

43Co-Op CityMapUrban AreasCities-U.S.

Co-Op City
City that stood in a radiating rat warren of parking lots, deserted shops, Urban Centers, and paved playgrounds. The cycle gangs were the law here, and all those newsie items about the intrepid Block Police of South City were nothing but a pile of warm crap.

44DerryMapUrban AreasCities-U.S.

Derry
Town in Maine. Richards stared out wonderingly, unable to drink his fill, he had slept through the other flight as if in wait for this one. The sky had deepened to a shade that hung on the borderline between royal velvet and black. Stars poked through with hesitant brilliance. On the western horizon, the only remnant of the sun was a bitter orange line that illuminated the dark earth below not at all. There was a nestle of lights below he took to be Derry.

45Dock StreetMapTransit RoutesStreets

Dock Street
The kid who blinked a lot went into the inner sanctum. Richards and the man with the sour voice, whose name was Jimmy Laughlin, made wary conversation. Richards discovered that Laughlin lived only three blocks away from him, on Dock Street. He had held a part-time job until the year before as an engine wiper for General Atomics, and had then been fired for taking part in a sit-down strike protesting leaky radiation shields.

46Drummond StreetMapTransit RoutesStreets

Drummond Street
Street in Harding where the taxi driver drops Ben off.

47Easy StreetMapTransit RoutesStreets

Easy Street
Joke Bradley makes: As he and Bradley spoke together, the maddening aroma of simmering ground beef, vegetables, and tomato sauce began to fill the room, driving the cabbage back into the corners and making Richards realize how hungry he was. "I could turn you in, man. I could kill you an steal all that money. Turn in the body. Get a thousand more bucks and be on easy street."

48HardingMapUrban AreasCities-U.S.

Harding
City where Ben Reynolds was born.

49Harding LakeMapWaterLakes

Harding Lake
The inner office looked big enough to play killball in. It was dominated by a huge, one-wall picture window that looked west over the homes of the middle class, the dockside warehouses and oil tanks, and Harding Lake itself.

50The Lindsay OverwayMapTransit RoutesThoroughfares

The Lindsay Overway
They touched down at 3:06, and Richards deplaned and left the airport without incident. At 3:15 the cab was spiraling down the Lindsay Overway. They crossed Central Park on a diagonal, and at 3:20, Ben Richards disappeared into the largest city on the face of the earth.

51Network Games BuildingMapStructuresBuildings

Network Games Building
He could see the skyscrapers rising into the clouds now, high and clean. The highest of all was the Network Games Building, one hundred stories, the top half buried in cloud and smog cover.

52Nixon Memorial ParkMapNatureParks

Nixon Memorial Park
Park in Harding near the Network building.

53Rampart StreetMapTransit RoutesStreets

Rampart Street
Street in Harding where Ben is escorted to when leaving the Network building.

54Robard StreetMapTransit RoutesStreets

Robard Street
Street in Harding that Ben gives to the taxi driver.

55South CityMapUrban AreasCities-U.S.

South City
Co-Op City stood in a radiating rat warren of parking lots, deserted shops, Urban Centers, and paved playgrounds. The cycle gangs were the law here, and all those newsie items about the intrepid Block Police of South City were nothing but a pile of warm crap.

56Voigt FieldMapStructuresSports Fields

Voigt Field
You're my protection, Mrs. Williams. I have to get to Voigt Field, in a place called Derry. You're going to see that I get there.

57West SticksvilleMapUrban AreasCities-Joke

West Sticksville
Here on the right, folks, we have the summer people, Richards thought. Fat and sloppy but heavy with armor. On the left, weighing in at only a hundred and thirty - but a scrappy contender with a mean and rolling eyeball - we have the Hungry Honkies. Theirs are the politics of starvation, they'd roll Christ Himself for a pound of salami. Polarization comes to West Sticksville. Watch out for these two contenders, though. They don't stay in the ring, they have a tendency to fight in the ten-dollar seats. Can we find a goat to hang up for both of them?

OTHER
58Ben Reynolds's middle name.OtherTriviaName Game

Ben Reynolds's middle name.
Stuart
William
Louis


59Ben RichardsOtherQuotesQuotes

Ben Richards
Ben Richards: Get stuffed, maggot.

60Ben RichardsOtherQuotesQuotes

Ben Richards
Ben Richards: Somebody's going to eat their own balls for that picture of my wife.

61Ben RichardsOtherQuotesQuotes

Ben Richards
Ben Richards: You can't see it, but I'm laughing at you shit eaters.

62Ben RichardsOtherQuotesQuotes

Ben Richards
Ben Richards: Hello, all you wonderful people out there in Free-Vee land. This is jovial Ben Richards, taking you on my annual nature hike. If you look closely you may see the fearless scarlet tanager or a great speckled cowbird. Perhaps even a yellow-bellied pig bird or two. They may let that part through, but not the rest. If you're deaf and read lips, remember what I'm saying. Tell a neighbor or a friend. Spread the word.

63Ben Richards' fake name on the new walle...OtherTriviaName Game

Ben Richards' fake name on the new wallet cards he buys at Molie's hockshop.
Jack Gavin Stewart
John Griffen Springer
Jason Gerald Sullivan


64Dock Street hockshop owner Molie's last ...OtherTriviaName Game

Dock Street hockshop owner Molie's last name.
Jernigan
Jennings
Jackson


65Evan McConeOtherQuotesQuotes

Evan McCone
Evan McCone: Here it goes. Here is where I blow your fucking head off, Donkey.

66Game CertificatesOtherMoneyCurrency

Game Certificates
Coupons issued by the Network, with one advantage over New Dollars - a reputable doctor will accept them as legal tender, while a quack will not.

67Great Speckled CowbirdOtherLiving ThingsBirds

Great Speckled Cowbird
Nonexistent bird, joke Ben Richards makes on one of the recorded tapes he sends to the Network.

68New Credit DollarsOtherMoneyCurrency

New Credit Dollars
Currency: The old G.A. sodium lights put up in the 70s busted with rocks and hunks of paving. No technico was going to replace them down here, they were on the New Credit Dollar.

69New DollarsOtherMoneyCurrency

New Dollars
Currency: The rules are simplicity themselves. You - or your surviving family - will win one hundred New Dollars for each hour you remain free. We stake you to forty-eight hundred dollars running money on the assumption that you will be able to fox the Hunters for forty-eight hours. The unspent balance refundable, of course, if you fall before the forty-eight hours are up. You're given a twelvehour head start. If you last thirty days, you win the Grand Prize. One billion New Dollars.

70New QuarterOtherMoneyCurrency

New Quarter
"Three minutes are up," the operator broke in. "If you wish to continue, please deposit one New Quarter or three old quarters."

71Old BucksOtherMoneyCurrency

Old Bucks
Currency: Scag is twelve oldbucks a bag, Frisco Push goes for twenty a tab, but the Free-Vee will freak you for nothing.

72Old QuarterOtherMoneyCurrency

Old Quarter
"Three minutes are up," the operator broke in. "If you wish to continue, please deposit one New Quarter or three old quarters."

73The RudesOtherMedical ConditionsConditions

The Rudes
Joke Killian makes about Ben Richards: You'll have to make allowances for Mr. Richards. He seems afflicted with an extreme case of the rudes.

74Scarlet TanagerOtherLiving ThingsAnimals

Scarlet Tanager
Nonexistent bird, joke Ben Richards makes on one of the recorded tapes he sends to the Network.

75Untitled OtherThemes3-D


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76Yellow-bellied Pig BirdOtherLiving ThingsBirds

Yellow-bellied Pig Bird
Nonexistent bird, joke Ben Richards makes on one of the recorded tapes he sends to the Network.

77Zapruder AwardOtherRecognitionAwards

Zapruder Award
Award Ben mentions to his hostage, Amelia Williams: It'll work. I think. There will be a dozen freelance cameramen around in no time, hoping to get some Games money or even the Zapruder Award itself. With that kind of publicity, they'll have to play it straight. Sorry you won't get to see us go out in a hail of bullets so they can talk about you sanctimoniously as Ben Richards's last victim.


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