Catching Up With Going “Back to the Future”

Anyone who knows me can tell you how much I love Back to the Future (they will also acknowledge that a large portion of my admiration lies with the original film, and that I think the second and third installations are just okay.)

Anyway, these people will also be able to tell you that I’m something of a nerd and used to spend my free time in high school collecting autographs from celebrities. Yes, I would write letters professing my love of actors’ work and requesting an autograph in return. Kind of lame, I’ll admit; but, I now have a collection of autographs ranging from John Travolta to Rachel McAdams to Martin Sheen. It’s probably my most prized possession.

So, what do this two little facts have to do with each other? Well, it’s only natural that I would have a section in my collection dedicated to the incredibleness of Back to the Future. After starting collecting earlier this decade, I now have autographs from Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown,) Lea Thompson (Loraine McFly,) Tom Wilson (Biff Tannen,) Harry Waters Jr. (Marvin Berry,) Don Fullilove (Mayor Goldie Wilson,) Elsa Raven (“Save the clock tower” lady,) and Mark McClure (Dave McFly.)

While I didn’t implement this idea as often as I should’ve, I sometimes tapped into my journalistic interests and would include a little sheet for the recipient to fill out in regards to: “What was the best part of filming Back to the Future?” I wound up doing this with Don Fullilove and Elsa Raven, and they sent back some cool responses that gave some behind-the-scenes insight.

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Don Fullilove (right) pictured with Crispin Glover (left.)

Taylor: What was the most memorable part of working on Back to the Future?

Don Fullilove: Being able to work with Eric Stoltz as the first Marty McFly and also being able to work with Michael J. Fox as the second Marty McFly.

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Elsa Raven asks Marty and Jennifer to “save the clock tower!”

Taylor: What was the most memorable part of working on Back to the Future?

Elsa Raven: Working with Michael J. Fox. He was not yet the big star he would become but was then one of the leads in TV’s “Family Ties.” After we wrapped the scene I was in, I walked to my parked car and Michael ran after me to say he enjoyed working with me. I thanked him and said I would be back the next day for more angles.

Just a couple of months later, I happened to get cast in a Family Ties. When he entered the studio, Michael gave a big hello to all of us standing around. He did a kind of double take on greeting me. Later he came up to me and asked which segment I had already done, as he couldn’t remember. I told him it was Back to the Future, which hadn’t opened yet, not a previous Family Ties. Michael does remember me now and likes to involve me in Back… promotions.

This film will always hold a special place in my heart as it continues to be entertaining no matter how many times I watch it. Below, see the rest of the Back to the Future collection.

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