[DMCForum] Re: Inappropriate Car Show Behavior?
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[DMCForum] Re: Inappropriate Car Show Behavior?

And what better time to throw myself into the
mess! :)  

First, let me say that I don't agree with the vulgar stickers on
Monte's car at DCS for the same reason I wouldn't agree with porno
being shown at DCS - there were children present.  Secondly, and
equally, I don't agree with touching anyone else's car.    

I agree that there seems to be a lot of competition in this
prop-building community, and it could easily be seen on Ebay.  As an
example, I once e-mailed Bruce Coulombe on E-bay, asking him why he
sold flux capacitors with replica components, but yet he was buying
the authentic components in other ebay auctions (as could be seen by
doing a bidder search).  He sent me a very long and angry e-mail back
to me that started with "Gary W..."  Clearly, he thought that I was
Gary, and there were some negative feelings there.  The e-mail went on
to say that Bruce was licensed by Universal, Gary was not, and Bruce
could put an end to Gary's then-time machine replica by making a few
phone calls.  

I had asked Gary for help in the past finding parts to build my own
flux capacitor, but he wouldn't tell me.  I did some searching, found
a source for what appeareed to be the authentic parts, and then sent
it to Gary and asked him if the parts were correct.  He said yes, and
that I had found the "Holy Grail."  This was www.fairradio.com.  I
went and bought the $75 worth of parts, only to find out later that
they weren't the right parts.  Some time later, I asked Gary if a
particular e-bay auction was selling the right parts.  He said no, so
I didn't bid.  To my surprise, he later bid on that same item and won
the auction.  At least then I knew what the right parts were.    

>From this, it became clear to me that Gary was interested in making
money, and would do anything to protect his business strategy even if
it meant telling kids the wrong information.  I didn't like
Gary after that.  

Bruce C., on the other hand, after I told him in response to his angry
e-mail that, in fact, I wasn't Gary W., went ahead and sent me FREE
AUTHENTIC PARTS to help me build my own flux capacitor replica.  Talk
about a nice guy.  

In short, I can sympathize with VB's frustration with Gary.  I think
that some of those who are involved with BTTF prop-making have made
things very ugly for the rest of the fans.  


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