- "Yeah, it's something, huh? Who would've thought? 100 to 1 shot! I wish I could go back to the beginning of the season, and put some money on the Cubs."
- —Terry to Marty
Terry was an auto mechanic in 1955. He worked at the Western Auto store in downtown Hill Valley and fixed Biff Tannen's Ford Super De Luxe Convertible after Biff's collision with the manure truck. Terry had been unable to start the car whilst working on it and wondered if the vehicle was fitted with some kind of kill-switch, but Biff explained that no-one could start his car except him. 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 was portrayed by Charles Fleischer, who provided the voice of the toon, Roger Rabbit in another Robert Zemeckis film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Fleischer, born August 27, 1950, was 37 when his 1955 scenes were filmed, and depicted his character at about 20 and 80 years old.
- A deleted scene, filmed for Part II, showed Terry arguing with Biff about his unpaid car repair bill, during which Terry remembered the exact date of the deed, November 12, 1955. Since he had reminded Biff where he was almost sixty years ago, Biff subsequently chose that date to visit himself in the past.
- 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 "thumb 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.