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- "I've seen that look in a man's eyes a million times. It's a woman isn't it?"
- —Barbwire salesman to Doc
- "The first fellow in plaid moved down the bar toward Doc. 'I can assure you, sir,' he said, his voice somehow both jovial and full of concern, 'that there are other women. If peddlin' barbwire all across this land has taught me one thing for certain, it's that you never know what the future might bring.' / 'The future?' He [Doc] let go of the glass. He could fill these fellows in on a thing or two. 'Oh, I can tell you about the future—' / He'd forget about Clara one way or another. Doc started to talk."
- —From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 155)
The barbwire salesman had been all over the country by the time he reached the town. He entered the Palace Saloon late on the night of September 6, 1885 and found Emmett Brown sitting at the bar with a glass of whiskey in his hand. He listened to Emmett talk of his loss of Clara Clayton and attempted to encourage him.
The following morning, September 7, the salesman boarded a train pulled by Locomotive 131 for San Francisco, alongside Clara. He had been discussing his encounter with a friend of his when Clara overheard him. She asked him if he had "big puppy dog eyes" and "silvery flowing hair" and he realized that she knew him. Clara stopped the train by pulling on the emergency cord and the salesman waited for the train to restart. His trip would again be cut short when Doc and "Clint Eastwood" borrowed the locomotive and uncoupled the cars from the engine before Carson Spur. The salesman and the other passengers continued to sit on the train.
Behind the scenes
- The barbwire salesman was portrayed by Richard Dysart.