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Encyclopedia > Ford Prefect (character)
Ford Prefect

David Dixon as Ford Prefect in Episode One of the BBC TV series.
First appearance Fit the First (radio)
Created by Douglas Adams
Portrayed by Geoffrey McGivern
David Dixon
Mos Def
Information
Nickname(s) "Ix" in childhood
Species Betelgeusian
Gender Male
Occupation Researcher for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Mos Def as Ford Prefect (left), along with Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent (right), from the 2005 film adaptation.

Ford Prefect is a fictional character in the radio series (and subsequent books, television series, and so on) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by the British author Douglas Adams. He is the only character other than the protagonist, Arthur Dent, to appear throughout the Hitchhiker's saga. David Dixon as Ford Prefect, from the TV adaptation of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... For the founder of the USFL see David Dixon (founder of USFL). ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,[1] was a BBC television adaptation of Douglas Adamss The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy broadcast in January and February 1981 on BBC Two. ... The terms Primary Phase and Secondary Phase describe the first two radio series of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... Geoffrey McGivern ( b. ... For the founder of the USFL see David Dixon (founder of USFL). ... Mos Def (born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.), is an American rapper and actor. ... Image File history File links Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent as seen in 2005s The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (movie). ... Image File history File links Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent as seen in 2005s The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (movie). ... Mos Def (born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.), is an American rapper and actor. ... Martin Freeman (born September 8, 1971) is an English actor. ... Information Species Human Gender Male Age 30 (approx. ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... Information Species Human Gender Male Age 30 (approx. ...

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Biography

Ford is a good friend of the main character, an ordinary Earthman named Arthur Dent who has known him for several years and believes him to be "an out of work actor from the town of Guildford" in Surrey. However, Ford is actually an alien from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, and had originally only come to Earth to do some research for an article he was writing on it for the Guide. Information Species Human Gender Male Age 30 (approx. ... , For other places with the same name, see Guildford (disambiguation). ... This article is about the English county. ... This article is about Extraterrestrial life. ... This article is about the star. ...


Ford came to Earth for a week, and got stuck there for fifteen years, departing only when a fleet of Vogon constructor ships appear in the first episode, taking Arthur Dent with him. For the listener/reader/viewer, Ford is the source of much explanation of the weird universe that Arthur finds himself in; for example, the importance of knowing where your towel is, sticking a fish in your ear, and why the greatest cooks in the universe cook such bad food on Vogon spaceships. Ultimately, however, his personal mission is to find a nice party and get incredibly drunk. This is a list of races, fauna and flora featured in various incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ...


Name

Although Ford had taken great care to blend into Earth society, he had "skimped a bit on his preparatory research", and thought that the name "Ford Prefect" would be "nicely inconspicuous". Adams later clarified in an interview that Ford "had simply mistaken the dominant life form". The Ford Prefect was, in fact, a line of inexpensive automobiles manufactured in the United Kingdom in the 1950s. This was expanded on somewhat in the film version, where Ford is nearly run over when trying to greet a car, an actual Ford Prefect. He is saved by Arthur and, in the film version of events at least, this is how the pair meet. The graphics in the TV series provide a similar explanation by listing director John Ford, psychic Arthur Ford, news reader Anna Ford, carmarker Henry Ford, the Ford Anglia car, the Ford Consul car and finally Ford Prefect. For the character on The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, see Ford Prefect (character). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named John Ford, see John Ford (disambiguation). ... Arthur Ford (January 8, 1896 – January 4, 1971) was an American psychic spiritual medium, clairaudient and in 1955 founded the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship. ... Anna Ford (born 2 October 1943 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire) is a retired British television presenter, best known as a newsreader. ... Henry Ford (1919) Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production. ... The Ford Anglia was a British car from Ford in the UK. It was related to the Ford Prefect and the later Ford Popular. ... Categories: Automobile stubs | Ford vehicles ...


Adams later observed that this joke was lost on U.S. audiences who assumed it was a typing error for "perfect". In the French version, Le Guide Galactique,[1] Ford's name was changed to "Ford Escort". The joke is also now largely lost on younger audiences because of the disappearance of the Ford Prefect from frequent use. In the film adaptation, his last name was never actually stated on-screen, but it is given in the film's credits as "Prefect". Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


Prior art for Adams's satirical point – that humans attach such importance to automobiles that a visiting extra-terrestrial might reasonably mistake them for the planet's dominant life form – can be found in a widely reprinted article from The Rockefeller Institute Review titled Life on Earth (by a Martian) by Paul Weiss. The idea was also expounded by Carl Sagan, though this may have postdated Adams's creation of the character of Ford. The 1967 Oscar-nominated animated film What on Earth! from the National Film Board of Canada is based on this premise. This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Insert non-formatted text here Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer and astrobiologist and a highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics, and other natural sciences. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The National Film Board of Canada (usually National Film Board or NFB) is a Canadian public filmmaking organization established to produce and distribute films that inform Canadians and promote Canada around the world. ...


First birth name

In the novel, we are told that Ford's original name is "only pronounceable in an obscure Betelgeusian dialect" which was almost wiped out by the "Great Collapsing Hrung Disaster of Gal./Sid./Year 03758", a mysterious catastrophe which took place on the planet of Betelgeuse Seven and which Ford's father was the only man to survive. Ford never learned to pronounce his original name, which was a matter that caused his father to die of shame (which is still a major problem in some parts of the Universe). At school, he was nicknamed "Ix", which translates as "boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven".


Despite all this, his semi-cousin (they share three of the same mothers) Zaphod Beeblebrox calls him "Ford" the first time they are reunited (in all versions of the story except for the film, where Zaphod introduces him by saying "This is my semi-cousin, Ix...Excuse me, Ford"). Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, from the TV adaptation. ...


Portrayals

In the original radio series and subsequent LP adaptation, Ford was played by Geoffrey McGivern. On television he was played by David Dixon, and in the film he was played by Mos Def. The cover of the booklet included with the Collectors Edition CD set release of the first two Hitchhikers radio series. ... Geoffrey McGivern ( b. ... For the founder of the USFL see David Dixon (founder of USFL). ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. ... Mos Def (born Dante Terrell Smith on December 11, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.), is an American rapper and actor. ...

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There are many minor characters in the 5-part fictional trilogy The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as depicted in the 2005 film adaptation. ... There are many minor characters in the various versions of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. ... This is a list of races, fauna and flora featured in various incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... This is a list of places featured in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... The Total Perspective Vortex, in the fictional world of Douglas Adamss The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected. ... Heart of Gold is a fictional spaceship in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. ... The Wikkit Gate is a fictional artifact in the universe of Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as featured in the novel Life, the Universe and Everything. ... Front cover of the box from the original US Windows 95 CD-ROM release of Starship Titanic, by Simon & Schuster Interactive. ... Galactic Imperial seal, as represented in the Hitchhikers Guide television series. ... The Whole Sort of General Mish Mash (WSOGMM) is a fictional concept in physics and cosmology from Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, mentioned in Mostly Harmless. ... The Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything The 42 Puzzle, as it appeared in The Illustrated Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything has a numeric solution in Douglas Adams series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... Spoiler warning: The 42 Puzzle, as it appeared on pages 80 and 81 of The Illustrated Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy The 42 Puzzle is a game devised by Douglas Adams in 1994 for his popular The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. ... Anatomy of a babel fish as illustrated in the BBC TV series by Rod Lord. ... The Bistromathic Drive is a fictional type of starship propulsion system in Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... H2G2 is also an acronym for the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... Infinidim Enterprises is the name of a publishing corporation in Douglas Adams book Mostly Harmless, fifth of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. ... The Infinite Improbability Drive is a fictional faster-than-light drive in Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series of books. ... The cover of the 2005 Romanian translation of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has become so popular among sci-fi and computer enthusiasts that certain phrases from it are widely recognised and often used in reference to, but outside the context of, the source material. ... The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is a fictional alcoholic drink which is mentioned in Douglas Adams humorous science fiction radio series, novels, computer game, movie, comic book mini-series, and television series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... The Point-of-view gun is a fictional device created by Douglas Adams for the movie version[1] of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and does not appear in any of the previous versions of the story. ... The Somebody Elses Problem field (SEP field) is a fictional technology from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams. ... Encyclopedia Galactica: the inept Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Marketing Division. ... Towel Day 2005, Innsbruck, Austria, where, by his own accounts, Adams got the inspiration to write the Guide. ... Arthur Dent being read Vogon poetry in the TV series Vogon Poetry is poetry written by Vogons, an alien race in Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... Douglas Adamss Guide to The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy is a BBC Radio production sold as an audio book on two cassette tapes. ...

References

Hitchhiker's Portal
  1. ^ Le Guide Galactique, Denoël, ISBN 978-2207249147

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Ford Prefect (character) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (651 words)
Ford is a good friend of the main character, an ordinary Earthman named Arthur Dent, who has known him for several years and believes him to be an out of work actor from the town of Guildford in Surrey.
The Ford Prefect was, in fact, a line of inexpensive automobiles manufactured in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.
For the listener/reader/viewer, Ford is the source of much explanation of the weird universe that Arthur finds himself in, for example the importance of knowing where your towel is, sticking fish in your ear, and why the greatest cooks in the universe cook such bad food on Vogon spaceships.
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