Looking into what was needed, I quickly realized there was a LOT of data, guess 50+ years of news broadcasts will do this. Consider this was in the early 2000s, some innovation was needed from anything I had coded before. Obviously LIKE searches was out of the question, full text search was not available. So what to do?
Basically I decided to break down each broadcast to words into a separate table, the entire application fit in 2 tables: Story and Words.
This is a case in which thinking about the grain of data helps solve an otherwise-intractable problem.