Nostalgia Nonsense #23 – Back to the Future Part II (1989)


In just a few short hours, we will all be celebrating a cinematic milestone that is pretty unique.

I’m sure there are lots of posts going up all over the web today about the day that Marty McFly joined us here in 2015, but if you aren’t already aware of it, that day is today 21 Oct 2015 at 4:29PM Hill Valley, California time.

In 1989, when I was 15 and the news came out that a sequel to the original Back to the Future was in the works, I was ecstatic.  I couldn’t wait for the movie to come out.  The movie was set to be released on the day before Thanksgiving, 22 Nov 1989, but unfortunately my family and I were invited a wedding in Houston, so I wasn’t gonna be able to see it on opening day because I’d be in transit from Detroit to good ole Texas.

When we got to the airport, while waiting for the call to board the plane I began to browse books and magazines at the newsstand.  My eye caught a novelization of this movie and I immediately bought it.  I read it cover to cover on the flight and this didn’t help subdue my enthusiasm to see the movie, but rather fanned the flames.

The following week, after getting home from the wedding (and having read the book more than once), I finally got the opportunity to see the movie and I was amazed (as most people were) as to the details given about what an optimistic future 2015 might look like.  This is still one of the few glimpses of the future in movies that isn’t dark and dreary.

Those thoughts have journeyed with me over the last 26 years until this very day.

Year ago, I dreamed of walking out of my house on Oct 21st 2015 to see hover-converted cars, hoverboards, Jaws 19 in 3D directed by Max Spielberg, power laces, self drying and self adjusting clothes, automated gas stations, dust repellent paper, hydrated pizza, and many more things.

Unfortunately, Robert Zemekis and Bob Gale’s imaginations were more advanced than what technology was able to get us to in these past 26 years.

They also predicted that fax machines would be very useful (guess they didn’t think the internet would pan out) and that somehow, someway, the Cubs would manage to win the World Series this year.

They did get a few things right tho, kids (and adults) are always preoccupied with their phones (yes, in the movie, they are headsets, but the idea is correct), large TV screens that can show numerous channels at once and of course inflation (ok, not as rampant as they predicted, but I still remember the picture in Die Hard in 1988 that showed the price of gas at 74 cents and look at it now)


Regardless, today is still an historic day in the life of movie fans and I wonder when the next time will be that we reach such a date where we can hope for such a pleasant and optimistic view of the future.


13 thoughts on “Nostalgia Nonsense #23 – Back to the Future Part II (1989)

  1. This is the best BTTF post yet! I love it 🙂 always LOVE hearing your memories and snippets from your life Rob, so interesting. The 15 year old you all excited for the sequel, I bet he was so sweet! Do you still have the book? And it’s a nice reminder that it’s one of the few movies not to depict the future in a scary way.

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  2. Totally rad post, Rob. Thanks for sharing your personal point of view. I loved reading it. Took me way back. It’s surreal isn’t it? We’re in the future dude. I like your joke about the fax machine. And hey the Cubs almost made it through the playoffs 😉 got booted on Back to the Future Day. How ironic hehehe


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