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I'll start out by saying that I appreciate the contributions by User: Marvel and DC editor. He's the best new editor we've had in the past year, in my opinion, creating new articles and adding insights to existing ones. However, I think that we have to strike a balance between "BTTF universe" and "real world" articles. Real world (or "out of universe") subjects pertain to the filming, such as Michael J. Fox, and in those instances, a longer article is merited. Regarding "in universe" subjects (such as JFK or Jack Benny), some explanation is in order, but I think that the real world information should not outweigh the discussion of their mention within the film. I have no opinion on the info boxes that show age in 1955, 1985, 2015-- frankly, I don't like them even for the fictional characters.

In the case of Jack Benny, I've learned something new that would have additional in-universe significance -- i.e., that the Jack Benny Program was on television during 1955. Since Doc was very familiar with Benny's reputation for penny-pinching, it's possible that he watched the show, whatever night it was on. However, I think that in such cases, we should simply make a link to the Wikipedia article rather than copying information from Wikipedia into Futurepedia. Again, I appreciate M.A.D.E.'s contributions, and I think that it's better to try something new than to not try at all. I made a brief foray into trying to add quotes to a film summary, and it wasn't one of my better ideas. Thoughts, anyone?

The Wikipedia article on Jack Benny is huge; almost nobody would try to read the whole thing, and even if they attempted to, they still might miss the connection to Doc Brown's one-liner. Leaving just the first paragraph is just as ineffective -- just knowing he played a stingy character would not make you laugh at Doc's joke when you watch the movie. I'm certain that the Bobs were thinking of his "treasury" routine, and probably also his "burglar" routine, when they imagined him as Sec. of the Treas., and it's only essential for people to be familiar with his two most famous routines in order to fully appreciate Doc's joke. I didn't edit them much when I copied them from Wikpedia, but I think they could be retold in fewer words. P.S. I second the appreciation of Marvel and DC editor's work. Western Union 06:09, 23 July 2009 (UTC)