ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Hollywood writer Bob Gale calls St. Louis “the birthplace of ‘Back to the Future'”.
More to the point, University City, where Gale got the idea for the movie when he found his father’s old yearbook and wondered what would happen if he had gone back in time – would he be friends with his own dad?
“I went back out to California, and I told my partner Bob Zemeckis this idea. He got all excited about it and said, ‘What if you mom went to the same high school, and turned out she was the school slut?'”
The rest, as they say, is history.
There are a lot of hidden tributes to his hometown in the movies, Gale says, like the bald principal in the movie who was based on an assistant principal at University City High School who always said, “Let me give you a nickel’s worth of free advice.”
“One of the wonderful responses from the movie when it came out, when I heard from all kinds of friends back from high school, who said that they fell out of their chair laughing when they heard that line in the movie,” he says.
Another bit of trivia – the lions at the entrance to Marty McFly’s subdivision were based on the famous University City lions.
Gale was a guest on the Charlie Brennan show.
Listen to the entire interview below:
“Back to the Future” will play on the big screen with the St. Louis Symphony performing the score live at Powell Hall tonight through Sunday.
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