The future is here! Fans celebrate 'Back to the Future' day

Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:35pm EDT
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

(Reuters) - When Marty McFly travelled to the future in the 1989 "Back to the Future" sequel - to October 21, 2015, to be precise - he was greeted by flying cars, self-tying sneakers and hovering skateboards.

The futuristic items were from a distant world for the time-travelling teenager on a journey from 1985 to 2015 to save his children.

But that day finally arrived on Wednesday, dubbed "Back to the Future Day" as fans of the blockbuster trilogy around the world celebrated the movie milestone.

Social media sites were ablaze with talk about the sci-fi adventure, cinemas held special screenings of the film and companies jumped in on the hype with savvy adverts.

U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted: "Happy Back to the Future Day, @realmikefox! Ever think about the fact that we live in the future we dreamed of then? That's heavy, man."

At the Houston, Texas headquarters of DeLorean cars, whose gull-winged DMC-12 model was adapted in the film into a time machine, crowds gathered to mark the anniversary.

"A lot of people are getting their cameras out and taking pictures," DeLorean Motor Co CEO Stephen Wynne told reporters. "When we opened... at 8 o'clock this morning, a woman ran in and she was dressed as Marty McFly and everybody goes, 'whoa'!"

In Canada, a playful recall announcement on the official Health Canada website said that "a certain DMC-12 car converted into a time machine, a defect in the flux capacitor could lead to inability to travel through time. Doc Brown will affect repairs."   Continued...

Pedestrians stop to look at and photograph a DeLorean Motor Company DMC-12 customized to look identical to the car used in the film "Back to the Future Part II" and that will be part of a Lyft promotion in New York, October 21, 2015. Today marks the day that the movie's main character, Marty McFly, travelled to the future in the 1989 "Back to the Future" sequel. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson