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Inventors of time travel interviewed in their hometown, almost 60 years later

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The flux capacitor was invented by Dr. Emmett Brown, and tested by Marty McFly, 60 years ago, on Nov. 5, 1955.

In honor of the sixtieth anniversary of Dr. Emmett Brown's discovery of time-travel technology, in a brief collaboration with the long-defunct DeLorean Motor Company, Matt Lauer of The Today Show took the time to interview the doctor, his then-teenage assistant, Marty McFly, and Marty’s mother, Lorraine Baines-McFly, in the town where it all began - Hill Valley, California.

During the interview, Marty admitted that the idea to use a flux capacitor engine to power a DMC-12, the only model DeLorean would ever manufacture before their 1982 bankruptcy, so it could drive fast enough to travel through time was one of "Doc's" more bizarre schemes, to say the least. It was what happened to Marty next, however, that makes this story a prime example of one man's trash being another man's treasure, as he managed to outrun a group of Libyan terrorists who proceeded to shoot Brown down, but not kill him, for a deal gone wrong, before hitting 88 mph - the speed necessary to acquire time-travel capabilities, said Brown - flinging Marty 30 years into the past, from 1985, to November 5, 1955; needless to say, the rest is history.

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Lorraine confessed to Lauer that she was openly fearful of Marty's life when she first saw him lying on the road in front of her house, after he risked his life to save one of her neighbors, George McFly, from an oncoming vehicle; after a while, though, she did warm up to Marty - as a friend, at least - before George proved his bravery at the expense of the local bully, Biff Tannen, and won her heart, at a school dance that all of them attended. The "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance was headlined by Marty debuting what is now considered a rock-and-roll standard, as he, along with a backup band headed by Marvin Berry, cousin of legendary guitar player Chuck, gave his then-fellow students the first known performance of "Johnny B. Goode."

Although Marty would return back to his time before the night was over - he did confirm to Lauer that the rumors surrounding him saying that "you guys aren't ready for that yet, but your kids are going to love it," at the conclusion of the concert, were true - it wasn't without one last stunt to tie everything together, as he and Dr. Brown timed another high-speed drive down the highway with a stray lightning bolt that hit a local clock tower, rendering it inoperable to this day. Everything still worked out in the end, despite the loss of the tower, and Marty went "back to the future," as the citizens of Hill Valley dubbed it, leaving Brown, who plugged in the electrical circuits to pull off the impossible disappearing act, to take the credit in Marty's place.

Today, George and Lorraine are happily married, with George opting out of the interview to focus on his most recent book tour, while Marty and Emmett are still good friends, having recently used the DeLorean to document life in an alternate 2015, where, among other things, the Chicago Cubs swept the Miami Gators - not the real-world Miami Marlins - in five games to win the World Series; the punchline for citizens of that timeline was how Florida managed to get its act together long enough to afford a baseball team. As for any other projects to look forward to, all Dr. Brown could tell Lauer was that things were only going to get wilder from here on out; according to him, "where we're going, we don't need roads."

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