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OKLAHOMA CITY – “Save the clock tower!” bellows an earnest citizen of the fictional town of Hill Valley, California in 1985’s Back to the Future.

Here you go, lady. There’s a quarter,” says Marty McFly, slightly annoyed.

Thank you. Don’t forget to take a flyer!” replies the Clock Tower lady.

It’s this chance encounter, on the Hill Valley courthouse square that helps Marty (Michael J. Fox) from being trapped in 1955, and ultimately being erased from history. That Xeroxed blue flyer includes information about the date and time – 10:04 p.m. on Nov. 12, 1955 – when the bolt of lightning strikes the Hill Valley clock tower and stops for good.

In the film, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) has to connect a wire to the clock tower and down to a wire so when Marty hits 88 mph at the very moment he drives under the wire, he can be sent back to 1985.

Here we are, almost exactly 30 years after Back to the Future first premiered in theaters, to massive critical acclaim and becoming a classic film in many respects. Of course lately, Dust Devil Dreams has been noting the Robert Zemeckis film for its sync with the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Note my recent piece, “Wires,” syncing the Man on Wire with World on a Wire and the upcoming Zemeckis film The Walk about the French high-wire walker Philippe Petit, who walked on a wire between the two Twin Towers in August 1974.

But just as the Supertramp album Breakfast in America apparently predicted the 9/11 mega-ritual, the later Supertramp album. From 1982, Famous Last Words, features album cover art depicting a high-wire walker and a hand holding scissors just about to cut the wire.

Is our wire about to be severed?

I don’t know about you, but there is a growing uneasiness in America. We are cast adrift and cut from our moorings. What does this portend? Any link to my previous piece “Sirens (the tide is high)”?


After finishing a meal at the restaurant West on Friday night, I was driving home and stopped at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Western Avenue. The sun had set. I happened to glance to my left and noticed the three-faced clock tower on the MidFirst Bank building.

It was exactly 9:11 p.m.

I quickly snapped a picture of the clock tower and moved on. Thoughts of Doc Brown and Harold Lloyd - two Lloyds - entered my mind.

Interesting, in light of concerns as of late regarding amped-up military activity and the Jade Helm weirdness and many friends (and myself included) who have been having highly weird dreams.

And today, over at Dangerous Minds, they have an article about Spanish citizen Tania Head, the woman who lied about surviving the 9/11 attacks, claiming she was working in the South Tower of the World Trade Center that day. It’s interesting that they talk about it, since the book – The Woman Who Wasn’t There – came out in 2013. It’s not clear why they chose to highlight that particular story today. Slow weird news day?

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