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10 predictions that ‘Back to the Future Part II’ got right

In “Back to the Future Part II,” set in October 2015, Marty McFly uses a hoverboard, a mode of transportation that isn’t widely used — yet.
In “Back to the Future Part II,” set in October 2015, Marty McFly uses a hoverboard, a mode of transportation that isn’t widely used — yet.

The 1989 blockbuster “Back to the Future Part II” envisioned a 2015 with flying cars, ubiquitous hoverboards, dehydrated pizzas and a World Series win for the Chicago Cubs. Those predictions didn’t pan out, at least not yet (but how about those Cubs?). Still, plenty of others from the movie did. Among them:

▪ Pepsi Perfect: The soda company plans to release 6,500 limited-edition bottles of Pepsi Perfect on Wednesday. At $20.15 per bottle, the price is even more futuristic than the curvy bottles, which are filled with Pepsi-Cola Made With Real Sugar.

▪ Methane-fueled cars: California’s Altamont landfill converts garbage into natural gas, then uses the fuel to power trash trucks. Perhaps they stole the idea from Doc Brown?

▪ Flat-screen TVs: The slim, wall-mounted televisions shown in the movie are eerily similar to the HD TVs of today.

▪ Hands-free video games: You don’t need a controller to play games on the Kinect for Xbox One, which operates using voice and gestures.

▪ Tablet computers: The movie saw this technology coming long before Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010.

▪ A baseball team in Florida: Miami’s Florida Marlins made their MLB debut in 1993; the Tampa Bay Rays followed in 1998.

▪ Video conferencing: Between Skype and FaceTime — and video apps such as Snapchat and Periscope — communicating via video is easy in 2015.

▪ Robotic fueling systems: It’s not widely used yet, but Husky, a manufacturer in Pacific, Mo., has produced a robotic fueling system that allows drivers to gas up without exiting their cars.

▪ Drone journalism: Unmanned, flying cameras like the ones used by USA Today in the movie are a common tool used by news organizations around the world.

▪ Wearable eyeglass phones: Google’s first attempt at Google Glass wasn’t a huge success, but those who bought the $1,500 device could place calls if they connected it to their mobile phones using Bluetooth.

Movie marathons

In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly time travels from 1985 to the future, arriving at 4:29 p.m. Oct. 21, 2015. Several Kansas City-area movie theaters plan to celebrate that momentous day, and the 30th anniversary of the original “Back to the Future,” with a marathon of the trilogy on Wednesday (that’s Oct. 21, 2015):

▪ Cinemark and AMC theaters start their marathons at 4:29 p.m. See cinemark.com or amctheatres.com for prices and theater locations.

▪ Regal Cinemas at Ameristar Casino and in Lawrence start their marathons at 5 p.m. regmovies.com

▪ Cinetopia, 5725 W. 135th St. in Overland Park, will start its marathon at 6 p.m. cinetopia.com

▪ B&B Theatres will show a double feature of “Part 1” and “Part 2” starting at 5:30 p.m. bbtheatres.com

▪ Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet, 1400 Main St. in the Power & Light District, will screen “Part II” at 6:29 p.m. Tickets cost $10, or $18 with a commemorative pint glass. drafthouse.com.

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