- "One set of election posters [on a boarded-up building facade in Courthouse Square] read: RE-ELECT MAYOR GOLDIE WILSON. HONESTY, DECENCY, INTEGRITY. The picture beneath the inspiring words showed the face of a black man, about fifty years old with a gold front tooth."
- —From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 20)
- " Meanwhile, the counterman, who had listened to Goldie's speech with increasing frustration, finally managed to break in. "Mayor!" he said. "Ha! A colored mayor of this town! That'll be the day." / "You wait and see," Goldie returned. "Like this man here says, someday I'm gonna be mayor." / "I ain't impressed by this man here," the counterman retorted. "And as for you, just keep sweeping." / Goldie slid his hands up on the broom handle but didn't set to work immediately. "Mayor Goldie Wilson," he said softly. "I like the sound of that." / Marty smiled, rather pleased with himself for "inspiring" Goldie Wilson, or least giving him hope. "
- —From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 95)
- "You wait and see, Mr. Caruthers. I will be mayor; I'll be the most powerful man in Hill Valley and I'm gonna clean up this town!"
- —Busboy Goldie Wilson foreshadowing his future success in politics.
Goldie Wilson was the mayor of Hill Valley in 1985, and had been since 1977. His 1985 re-election campaign ads promised more jobs, better education, bigger civic improvements, and lower taxes. The slogan on his printed ads was "Honesty, Decency, Integrity." He had a gold tooth when he was a young man, although there is a disagreement as to whether he still had a gold tooth thirty years later, when he was running for re-election.
In 1955, Goldie was a young busboy working at Lou's Cafe. While young Goldie was offering some advice to a teenage George McFly who had moments earlier suffered abuse at the hands of Biff Tannen and Biff's cronies (Match, 3-D, and Skinhead). Goldie stated that "Someday, I'm going to be somebody!"; Hearing this and recognizing Goldie, Marty McFly, out of excitement and impulse, accidentally told both his father and Goldie that he would be mayor. Goldie seemed inspired, and remarked "Mayor! Now THAT'S a good idea!". His boss, Lou Caruthers, scoffed at the idea that an African-American would ever be elected to public office, saying "A colored mayor! That'll be the day!", which only made Goldie more determined. He followed through with his plans to go to night school, and eventually quit his job at the Cafe to go into politics and was eventually elected mayor, making him "the most powerful man in Hill Valley" just as he had said he would.
As Mayor, one of Goldie's more controversial policies was sponsoring an initiative to replace the clock tower atop the Hill Valley Courthouse, which had not run since being struck by lighting on November 12 1955. This initiative was strongly opposed by the Hill Valley Preservation Society, who believed the clock should be kept as it was. The society's efforts would be successful in preserving the clock until at least 2015
Although Goldie might have been a nickname (because of his gold tooth), the name was passed on to his descendants.
- Back to the Future
- Back to the Future novelization
- Back to the Future Part II (Mentioned only)
- Back to the Future (IDW Publishing)
Behind the scenes
- George D. Carroll became Mayor of Richmond, California (population 80,000) in 1964, the first African-American to become mayor of an American city . The first African-American mayor of a major American city was Carl B. Stokes, who was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1967.
Notes and references
|Mayors of Hill Valley|
|1885: Hubert - 1931: Jack Thomas - 1955: Red Thomas - 1985: Goldie Wilson - 2015: Goldie Wilson Jr.|