On this day in 1985, Marty McFly travel forward in time to… this day. For years pop culture nerds like me have anticipated this day, in no small part because it is the only day in history that we will be able to celebrate Back to the Future Day. BTTF Day isn’t a yearly celebration, it’s a once in a lifetime day that allows us to exploit our love for one of the most influential pop culture series ever. BTTF is a timeless classic, one that Hollywood still holds sacred. Never (hopefully) will be see a BTTF remake or sequel or any other monstrosity that would scuff the series’ holy name.
BTTF 2, arguably the best film in the series, made many bold predictions about the year 2015, some that came true like wearable computing glasses, video calling, and holograms, and some that are still many years away like flying cars, hover boards, and the Cubs winning the World Series (as I’m writing this they are down to the Mets 3-0 in the NLCS). October 21, 2015 isn’t nearly as cool as BTTF 2 envisioned, but it’s still a hoot to re-watch the film and see what the future (or today I guess) could have looked like if technology and society progressed like Robert Zemeckis believed it would. From today forward, we now finally live in the future, and there’s no going back.