- "Gently, almost reverentially, he [Strickland] lifted one of the units and placed it in the jaws of a woodworking vise mounted on the corner of the desk. He then began tightening the jaws until the set broke in half, the sound approximating that of bones breaking. As bits of plastic and mangled parts trickled to the floor, one student winced as if the pain were being inflicted on his own body. Strickland, well aware of which unit belonged to which student, smiled wickedly at the horrified young man."
- —From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 12)
The vise was supposed to be used to hold an object while it was being worked on during woodwork. However, Gerald Strickland preferred the tool as a means to crush and destroy any Walkmans he confiscated during detention for those foolish enough to bring such a thing into school.