Some say no. This opposes the thoughtful consideration given to this subject almost 30 years ago by Bob Gale, the writer of “Back to the Future Part 2.” He had this be the fact that caught Marty McFly’s attention and led him to make the disastrous move of buying the Gray’s Aports Almanac that Old Biff took to Young Biff in the time machine. If you have not seen this classic trilogy of science fiction, you must watch it to understand why today’s date is so important. Even Christians in Springfield may enjoy these PG rated films if your family is old enough to handle the occasional curse words.
There is much speculation on this event because this is the first time for over 100 years that the Chicago Cubs are poised to possibly be in the World Series and it is that fateful year mentioned in a movie almost three decades ago. Do you believe this will happen? They are facing the New York Mets in the National League Championship. As the record stands today the Cubbies are down by three going into tonight’s game. If New York wins, Chicago is done for the season and the movie will be wrong.
If the Cubs were to win, it may be one of the few predictions that the movie had correct. We do not have flying cars, hover boards or holographic billboards. But businesses still use fax machines and we also have bullying as was depicted in the 80’s. The bullying mostly takes place on the internet, which is not mentioned in the movie. Neither are home computers or cell phones. Marty’s kids did use video sets similar to ones that are currently on the market. The wall of video is possible, but still is prohibitively expensive for most.
“Back to the Future” is no different from “1984” and “2001 A Space Odessey” in missing how our technology would change. What seems like a good invention to someone writing a story may not turn out to be practical or convenient and we all know that convenience rules in our culture. That is why we have the microwave oven even though it was not envisioned before its invention. Many had ideas of food being replaced by pills or synthesizing machines. They did not however plan for a machine that just cooks food quicker.
Hopefully Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale will not hold it against the Mets if this year they win the series. This also should not disrupt the time/space continuum by eliminating the Cubs before they even make it to the World Series.