Magazine article American Libraries

Image: How They're Seeing Us

Magazine article American Libraries

Image: How They're Seeing Us

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READERS WHO SAW THE FILM BACK to the Future and wondered if the shot of RQ magazine on hero Marty McFly's bookshelf had special significance, stop wondering! Bob Gale, co-author of the screenplay, told AL he was "completely unaware the magazine was there. The set decorators come in and fill up the bookcase with what works."

Too bad. After all, we're approaching the 25th anniversary of the ALA Reference and Adult Services Division quarterly publication.

R. Andrew Lee, librarian at Universal Studios, suggested set decorators had bought piles of magazines from a local second-hand bookdealer, who took discards from UCLA library. Set Decorator Hal Gausman cleared up the myster. "Marty was a real modern kid and so we filled his room with things that we right up to date," he said. "We spent $1,800 on just magazines, and most of them were edited out. This one happened to stick."

A COLUMN BY BARBARA BROTMAN in the July 11 Chicago Tribune concentrated on librarians attending the ALA Annual Conference. Her comments were carried under the deadline, "Can't judge librarians by covers -- just sensible shoes," and elicited an August 4 letter to the editor from Ann C. …

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