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"Only if it turns out that reality is actually nothing more than a holographic illusion created by the interplay of subatomic particles on a vast two-dimensional membrane."

This article covers a subject that has been deemed non-canon by either the author or the Back to the Future licensees, and thus should not be taken as a part of the "real" Back to the Future universe.

"What's the problem, citizen?"
—A city official speaking through a squawkbox

The squawkbox with a channel to the mayoral office

A squawk box was a device that allowed one to report a problem to a city official. They were present in an alternate 1986.

Appearance and Function

Squawk boxes were blue or purple and shaped like a rectangle. They had a single circular speaker in the center with a small number of buttons below it. Certain squawkboxes served different purposes and had different channels. The one by the courthouse had only one button and connected directly to the mayoral office. A more common type was located in various spots around the town, attached to lampposts. Another type of squawkbox was located in the Citizen Plus Wards.

History

A squawkbox in a Citizen Plus ward

When his time travels landed him in an alternate 1986, Marty McFly needed to contact his friend Emmett Brown, who was the inventor of the time machine Marty had used. In the alternate timeline, however, Emmett was Citizen Brown, the mayor of a miserable utopia version of Hill Valley and the wife of Edna Strickland, who had manipulated him the whole way.

Marty first used a squawkbox as a text, pressing a button to see what it did. He later used one to talk to Edna and to see Citizen Brown, to no avail. After violating rule after rule in order to be brought to Brown, Marty was captured by policemen and involuntarily committed to the Citizen Plus Program, a form of brainwashing used to keep rowdy citizens in line. While in the waiting room, Marty's father, who was in charge of all security cameras, saw his son. Using a squawkbox, the two were able to arrange Marty's escape with the help of his girlfriend Jennifer Parker, who was in the room adjacent to Marty's.

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