As any Godfather fan worth their cannolis learned at their Mother’s knee, Santino Corleone was killed at the tollbooths entering the Long Beach Causeway (also known as the Loop Parkway), which connects Long Beach with the Meadowbrook State Parkway near Jones Beach.
I recently heard it described as “the Jersey Turnpike” while eating lunch with friends. When I heard it, I wasn’t angry, though naturally unable to enjoy the rest of the meal. See I knew the young man, knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he uttered the Jersey Turnpike infamnia, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the type of careless and superficial remark a fan of the Bay City Rollers is prone to make.
Fortunately, the superficiality did not extend to the rest of our lunch crowd, as a line quickly formed to flog the offender. Justice, Dirty Harry-style, was meted out in a swift and efficient manner, complete with a retraction, apologies, and an unanimously agreed upon 6-month moratorium on any AMC, Bravo or TCM Godfather programming — including, but not limited to, films, documentaries, interviews, electronic games bearing their likeness and Francis Ford Coppola retrospectives.