Directed by Stephen Harek
90 min | 1989 | USA | Rated PG
*Post-film discussion with Dr. Pearl Sandick
With only a few days left before their high school graduation, two most excellent dudes, Bill S. Preston (Keanu Reeves) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Alex Winter), are on the verge of flunking history. Unless they can ace their final history report, Ted’s dad will pack him off to a military academy in Alaska, meaning their band, The Wyld Stallyns, will come to a heinous end. Luckily for these wanna-be rock stars, a guardian angel from the future, Rufus (George Carlin), comes to them with a bodacious solution: a time-traversing phone booth in which they travel back to the past and round up personages of historical significance who can help them stage a most triumphant oral report. Whoaa!
In 2003, Dr. Pearl Sandick earned a BA in Mathematics from New York University, after which she moved westward to the Twin Cities to pursue a PhD in Physics at the University of Minnesota. By August of 2008, she obtained a PhD, under the direction of Keith Olive. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Theory Group at The University of Texas at Austin before coming to the University of Utah, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She studies particle physics beyond the Standard Model, including DARK MATTER. Her research involves the connections between theoretical particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics.