Terry was an auto mechanic in 1955. He worked at the Western Auto store in downtown Hill Valley and fixed Biff Tannen's car after Biff's collision with the manure truck. When Terry mentioned that the bill was $302.50, Biff got angry and refused to pay it.
Sixty years later, Terry was seen in 2015 raising money to preserve the clock tower as a historic landmark. Like the Clock Tower Lady of 1985, Terry approached Marty McFly for a donation. Marty, who had traveled there from 1985, was surprised to learn of the outcome of the World Series. When Terry mentioned that he wished that he could go back to the beginning of the season to bet on the Chicago Cubs, he inadvertently gave Marty the idea to purchase Grays Sports Almanac.
Behind the scenes
- Terry is portrayed by Charles Fleischer, who provided the voice of cartoon character Roger Rabbit in another Robert Zemeckis film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Fleischer, born August 27, 1950, was 37 when his 1955 scenes were filmed. Terry would have been approaching 100 by the time that he approached Marty in 2015. Rejuvenation clinics were able to extend the human lifespan by that time, however, as Doc Brown demonstrated to Marty.
- A deleted scene, filmed for Part II, shows Terry arguing with Biff about the unpaid car repair bill. Almost sixty years, Terry refers to the date of the deed -- November 12, 1955 -- and Biff subsequently travels back in time to that date.
- The injustice of the unpaid repair bill was righted, to some extent, when Marty and Doc returned to 1955 to "repair" the timeline. Biff, who had cheated Terry earlier that day, crashed into a manure truck again that night.
- The Courthouse Mall has, by 2015, adopted the stopped clock and a lightning bolt as its logo, so one might wonder what Terry is raising money for. Nevertheless, when he asks Marty to "bum a hundred bucks" for the tower, inflation has made $100 worth little more than the quarter that Marty gave in 1985. Based on the fifty dollar bill that Doc gave Marty to buy a Pepsi, the hundred dollar bill would only barely cover soft drinks for two.