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Back to the Future Is Here

by Kent Masterson - The Oregon Herald Wednesday October 21, 2015    7:28 AM
Today marks the exact date foreseen in the oh so popular film, "Back To The Future. Just look at that dashboard, a screenshot from the movie. It marks today's date.

It's the date when Marty McFly's flying DeLorean lands in the future in 1989's "Back to the Future Part II." In fact, Oct. 21, 2015 has officially been designated Back to the Future Day.

That is TODAY. Yeah, finally here. Can't believe it. 30 years? Where did it all go?

"Back to the Future is today!!!" combines nostalgia with virality, and preys on the Internet's predilection for blindly hitting that "share" button without Googling first. Who doesn't love "Back to the Future"? And who's going to fact-check a goofy photo from an '80s sci-fi movie?

And like the greatest Internet hoaxes, it provides a platform for that one smug friend to pipe up and explain why you're wrong. Killjoys.

For the last 26 years, people have been comparing the present to "Back to the Future Part II's" vision of the future. No, we don't have hoverboards. (Yet.) And people don't get fired via fax, like an adult Marty McFly did in the film.

But we do have video calling, Pepsi Perfect, and a blustering casino owner and real estate magnate edging us toward a full-blown dystopia. In a turn of events that was played as a gimmick even in the movie, the Cubs are actually well on their way to winning the World Series.

We're just saying: Hoverboards can't be far behind.

Not long ago, a picture circulated online showing the date on Doc Brown and Marty McFly's DeLorean time machine set to June 27, 2012.

However, the image had been digitally altered by a social media manager. The actual date chosen by Doc Brown in the classic film was, as I said, October 21, 2015. Two years ago, a similar trick was played on sci-fi fans by Total Film magazine.

Steve Berry, who changed the date to promote a new Back to the Future box set, claimed he was surprised that people fell for it again. "We promoted the image fully confident in the knowledge that everyone was familiar with the original hoax from a couple of years ago. We figured that no one would fall for the same joke twice, so the caption was deliberately replicated word for word so people would get the reference."

However, only avid fans of the 1985 film managed to spot the prank, leading to the faked picture becoming a favourite on Facebook and other social networking sites.

And Next Year???

On May 7th, next year, you can power up your DeLorean, recharge your flux capacitor, and get ready to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie classic as you've never seen or heard it before! Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in this box office blockbuster on a hi-def screen with the orchestra playing Alan Silvestri's dazzling musical score live in sync with the movie.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:30PM
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Happy Back to the Future Day!