If “Back to the Future” Was Made Today…

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This poster’s been making the rounds on the internet today. I found it here.

I saw Back to the Future in the theatre at the age of 17. I was 14 for most of 1982 (yeah, yeah, I’m old), so that was a formative time.

Here’s one of the big singles of that year:

Late Night with David Letterman debuted that year. Here’s Dave with one of his most difficult guests, Mr. T:

E. T.: The Extraterrestrial was the biggest movie of the year. Here’s the trailer, and yes, that’s how they did trailers back then:

Here’s the hot new computer of that time. I didn’t have one of these; I had an Apple ][:

commodore 64

And of course, Marty McFly wouldn’t play Johnny B. Goode at the high school dance; he’d play this song instead:


The Cover of Next Week’s New Yorker

Cover of the New Yorker, October 17, 2011, featuring an illustration of Steve Jobs at the Pearly Gates, with St. Peter processing him on an iPad

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Kool-Aid Community Service

Kool-Aid Man laying bricks in a hole in a wall

Geek The Current Situation

Disney Buys Marvel

Spider-Man, Wolverine and the cast of "High School Musical"

My spider-sense is tingling, and not in a good way: Disney is buying Marvel Entertainment (yup, that Marvel, as in Spider-Man, the X-Men and so on) for $4 billion in stock, acquiring the rights to all their characters. Soon we’ll see the cast of High School Musical as the newest young mutants to join Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and a Marvel Team-Up featuring Spider-Man and the Jonas Brothers.

I feel like this:

Peter Parker in an alley, walking away from the Spider-Man costume he just dumped in the trash

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It Happened to Me Toronto (a.k.a. Accordion City)

Collector’s Plates

Seen in the window at a shop in Bloor West Village and coming soon to your grandmother’s (or a die-hard Star Trek or M*A*S*H fan’s) house:

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Geek It Happened to Me

These Guys Know Their Audience

Here’s a photo of the current selection of movies at the cinema near “Hah-vahd Square”. I think I’d enjoy all three films as a movie marathon:

Loews Harvard Square marquee showing the movies "Angels and Demons", "Star Trek" and "Rocky Horror"


A Game of “Guess Who?” with Samuel L. Jackson

It would probably go something like this:

Samuel L. Jackson on the other side of a "Guess Who?" game: "Does he look like a bitch?"

Yes, you’ll need to have seen the Milton-Bradley boardgame “Guess Who?” and this scene from the Quentin Tarantino flick Pulp Fiction to be in on the joke: