Whitby School students explore “Paradox Day”

A student group at Whitby School in Greenwich is raising awareness of “Paradox Day,” by encouraging the viewing of Back to the Future II on October 21, 2015. “Paradox Day” is the unofficial title given to the date that characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward to from the year 1985. The 1989 film Back to the Future II depicted life in 2015: flying cars, hover boards, and much more. Students formed a committee called Marty’s Friends to explore the many predictions made in the film, and celebrate “Paradox Day” with games, trivia, and prizes. The group includes 5th graders Jesse, Avery, Cole, Carol, and Trey; 6th graders Taylor, Carolina, Naimh, Catelyn, Alex, and Committee Chair Seneca; and 7th graders Adem and Sophia.

Seneca, Adem, and Avery read from Gray’s Sports Almanac, a replica prop from the film

Seneca, Adem, and Avery read from Gray’s Sports Almanac, a replica prop from the film

“In Back to the Future II, they made predictions about what 2015 would be like,” said Trey. “They DID get the hoverboard prediction right, kind of,” said Seneca, adding, “They invented the ‘Hendo’ overboard. It isn’t as sophisticated as the one Marty uses, but it’s still a hoverboard.” Adem said, “There aren’t rejuvenation clinics in real life, like there are (in the film), where you can just peel off your old face and get a new, beautiful one.” Catelyn mentioned the DeLorean, which is used to travel through time in the movie, and says “they didn’t get the prediction of flying cars cars correct.” Trey adds, “But they DID predict TV’s with multiple channels that are voice-activated.”

Members of Marty’s Friends recommend that everyone watch Back to the Future II this month: “People should see this movie because it made predictions about the future, some right, some wrong,” said Catelyn. “When you see this movie, you would be comparing what they predicted, to real life,” says Adem. He adds, “It will be cool to see what people thought the future would be, like 20 or 30 years ago.” Seneca raises an interesting question: “What if THEIR future that they thought of in 2015 is going to be OUR future, in 20 or 30 years? If you keep watching it, you can keep on thinking, well, it’s coming.” If YOU want to be one of Marty’s Friends, watch Back to the Future II on “Paradox Day,” October 21, 2015. The film is now available on Optimum on Demand and Amazon Prime.

For more information on “Paradox Day,” contact Faculty Advisor Phil Lohmeyer, [email protected], 203-570-6870

A group photo of “Marty’s Friends” members at Whitby School

A group photo of “Marty’s Friends” members at Whitby School

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