Written by Allen Tsai on November 3rd, 2005
Ah, 1955â€ a year of many innovative achievements whose effects still ripple through our society today.
It was the year Disneyland first opened its doors to the public, Jonas Salk introduced the Polio vaccine, but more importantly, it was on November 05, 1955 that a relatively unknown scientist fell, hit his head on the sink, and blacked out.
What resulted when he finally regained consciousness was the idea for perhaps the greatest invention history has ever seen, the Flux Capacitor.
The idea became a reality 30 years later in 1985. Requiring the De Lorean to reach speeds of 88 mph in combination with 1.21 gigawatts of electricity generated by a plutonium-powered nuclear reactor, the Flux Capacitor was what made time travel possible; allowing Marty McFly to incredibly travel through two increasingly worsening sequels.
In addition to opening our eyes to the rules of time travel (1. Never meet yourself, 2. The smallest change of events may have disastrous effects on the future, 3. Biff is a jackass no matter what time period you meet him), it paved the way for further critically acclaimed films like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Adventure giving us our first glimpse of the incredible thespian abilities of Keanu Reeves. And who could forget Scott Bakula's mesmerizing performance in Quantum Leap?
This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Flux Capacitor design, eventually bringing forth modern time travel as we know it. If it weren't for this extraordinary device years ago, Chuck Berry may never have found his sound for Johnny B. Goode, and we wouldn't have known Libyan terrorists also drove Volkswagen hippie buses.
Commemorating this event, a special 50th Year Flux Party in Hollywood will be screening Back To The Future, including drinks, dinner, and more drinks. Proceeds will go to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.