October 21, 2015: the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the “future” in Back to the Future 2. To celebrate, NYC hosted a number of fun events, including a fleet of DeLoreans around the city and a special screening with the original cast!
One of the big reasons I love living in the Big Apple is that there’s never a dull moment here. Case in point: Verizon teamed up with cab service Lyft, calling in DeLoreans from around the country to act as taxis that you could summon from the Lyft app’s limited “McFly Mode.” Unfortunately, try as I might, I couldn’t call one– they were understandably busy and snatched up as soon as they were freed.
Fortunately, Twitter exists.
— Marlene! (@ilikecomicstoo) October 21, 2015
Never in a million years would I have thought this would work, but… it did! Verizon got in touch with me and very generously allowed me and several coworkers to pay the “garage” a visit. We posed, snapped photos and even sat inside a film-accurate vehicle, complete with flashing lights.
It was a blast to pretend I was part of a beloved classic for a few minutes, so big thanks to Verizon and Lyft for making it happen!
Apparently October 21st was my lucky day, because the celebrations continued into the night. I scored tickets to a Back to the Future 2 screening featuring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis and Bob Gale. They sat on a panel hosted by the talented Aaron Sagers before the movie, and I was mesmerized the whole time. I almost teared up when Lloyd shared he’d been touched by the fans he’d spoken to over the last thirty years, who told him they pursued sciences because of his character. Thankfully, Fox balanced out my feelings by telling the funny story of how much he actually hates the idea of real hoverboards, since hanging from a cherry-picker to simulate the floating contraption in the movie soured the concept for him.
Here’s a short clip from the end of the panel:
The future may not have ended up as cool as Marty and Doc Brown envisioned (where’s my dang flying car?), but Back to the Future‘s magic continues to inspire generations. Here’s hoping that Lloyd was right and we’ll see another grand celebration in thirty years’ time.