It was 55 years ago this evening, at 10:04 pm, that a bolt of lightning hit the Hill Valley Courthouse. Thanks to the work of Dr. Emmett Brown, 1.21 gigawatts of electricity was harnessed from the lightning and directed into the time-traveling DeLorean allowing Marty McFly to return to 1985.
In the fictional world of Hill Valley, California today is a momentous day in history. Twenty-five years ago this morning, while being chased by angry Libyans, Marty McFly attempts to outrun them in a gussied-up DeLorean. Instead of escaping from the Twin Pines Mall parking lot, the DeLorean reaches 88 mph, the flux capacitor designed by Dr. Emmett Brown activates and transpors Marty and the fancy car back to the year 1955.
The movie Back to the Future actually premiered in July of 1985 — 25 years ago. But those of us die-hard fans know all of the movie dates all too well. Oct. 26, 1985 at 1:24 AM is among the most important moments in the film’s storyline.
I was 17 years old when I first saw the DeLorean disappear in a flash on the big screen. No other movie made such an impression on me in my teen years as BTTF did. Perhaps it was the fact that like Marty, I was also a bit of a loner in high school and anxious about my own future. And yeah, there were Star Wars geeks & Trekkies — but ever since BTTF I’ve been a time travel fanatic.
So cheers to Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis & Dr. Brown on the 25th anniversary of the first trip of the time traveling DeLorean!!