Year 2002

Roger stumbled out through the time machine’s door, almost immediately hearing an angry shout.


A crowd of people groaned, staring angrily at Roger, who looked sheepish in response. Robots don’t blush – but if they did, he’d surely be redder than the end of his antenna!

Roger noticed he was on a movie set, although he had no idea why.

“Let’s take 5, people,” shouted (presumably) the director. People wandered around busily, giving Roger the chance to explore his new surroundings. At least he wasn’t interrupting any filming now.

It was then that he saw a familiar face from his Moz past. He wandered over.

“Excuse me, you wouldn’t be Cyrus Shepard by any chance, would you?”

“Who, me? No. I’m Steve Martin, the star of this movie. That’s Cyrus.”

The Cyrus-a-like pointed over to who Roger was really looking for. Of course, this was before Cyrus joined Moz, and so Cyrus wouldn’t know who he was. In Cyrus’ pre-SEO days, he worked multiple different jobs, including acting – he played Steve Martin’s double in Cheaper By The Dozen.

Roget MozBot & the Time Machine - 2002
“Hi Cyrus,” Roger opened. “You don’t know me, but I just wanted to say that I’m a big fan, and I look forward to working with you in the future. I’ll let Rand know that I saw you.”

“Thanks buddy,” Cyrus replied, smiling. “Who’s this Rand? Is he a producer?”

“No… He’s a Wizard.”

“Ohh, that type of producer eh? Hey, can you give him this? Thanks.”

“Err, ok,” Roger acknowledged, taking the item. Walking away, he studied the box. It looked like a DVD case. ‘Cyrus Shepard Demo Reel – Harry Potter parts.’

Cyrus shouted one more thing in Roger’s direction. “Tell him I’d make a good Voldemort, ok?”

But Roger was already back in the time machine and on his way.

Back to the present

[Image credit – Josh Hicks]

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. The author’s views are entirely his own and may not reflect the views of Moz or the individuals mentioned.