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 PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:27 pm Reply with quote  
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  Skywalker2B
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I saw SW (now ANH) back in 1977 when I was 7 years old. (doing the math, yes, now I'm 47). After seeing the movie, all I wanted for birthdays and Christmas, etc. was Star Wars items...and that's what I got. By the time RotJ came out in 1983 I had a sizable collection...so much so, that our local newspaper, The Free Lance-Star, came to our house and did a story on me (which included some pics). Now, 40 years later, I am again living in the same county in which I grew up after having lived in California, Texas, Japan, Maryland, and West Virginia (in that order) thanks to the Air Force. Well, the Free Lance-Star, today, on the 40th Anniversary of SW, called my mom to do a follow-up story on me. She gave them my number and I talked to them about it. After sharing several SW stories with the reporter, I sent her the only pics I had available here at work...mine and my daughter's Rebel Legion card pics. The story should be up sometime today online and in print in tomorrow's paper.

Here's what I looked like at age 13 in my SW bedroom, and now in my Corran Horn Rebel Legion costume: http://www.fredericksburg.com/entertainment/from-the-archives-stars-in-his-eyes-for-star-wars/article_10dd97f4-1fa8-56e6-b51e-679c5258fe20.html


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Sometimes I forget that Star Wars was around 16 years before I was born. I remember in 1999 when TPM came out and it felt like a beginning. I don't have any memories of Star Wars before that. Around that time I started really getting into Lego and subscribed to the Lego magazine. I used to look at the Star Wars sets and be fascinated by them, wondering what this Star Wars thing was all about. I knew the names of many of the characters and even ships, planets etc. before I saw a single Star Wars film.

No one else in my family is into fantastical fiction the way I am and no one had seen or had any interest in Star Wars. Because of that, I just never got around to seeing it. My parents seemed to have a general dislike of the whole phenomenon and so I kept my interest to myself.

Years later, around 2001, I started watching ANH with my childhood best friend. She and her brother loved Star Wars (and I have a clear memory of her brother saying that AotC was the "best movie ever" after coming home from the theatre Razz ). However she had a very short attention span and we got up to the point were R2-D2 is taken by the Jawas and then we shut it off and went to play with toys. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if we had continued watching it. Would I have become a Star Wars fan earlier or was the time just not right?

Fast forward another few years in early 2005 and I was 12 years old. I was at my uncle's house and, because everyone else was busy with something that I have now forgotten, he showed me ANH. I was mesmerized from start to finish. I also remember eating Kraft Dinner during the scene where Luke is eating with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. I can still taste it every time I watch that scene. The movie was done and there was still time so I watched ESB. And then RotJ... well most of it. I got up to the part where Luke and Vader go to see the Emperor. I believe I finished it the following day. And the rest is history. Life-changing stuff. Smile
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Thanks for sharing the memories.

I love that Star Wars is something that is being passed down generations. Maybe there is other media that has the same effect, but I can't think of any. Star Wars is just a family thing.
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I know that I saw Star Wars when I was very young (probably 4 or 5). I don't remember seeing it, but I remember specific things. A knowledge of Luke, Chewie, and the droids. A very specific mental image of the eye of the Dianoga coming out of the trash.

When I was 8 or 9, I got the trilogy on VHS for Christmas (Digitally remastered in THX! I remember that bit of marketing lol). This was the first time I saw Empire or Jedi, and what really launched my love of Star Wars.

The memory I really want to share though is from early March of this year. My wife and I decided that she would get first dibs on sleep if someone needed to stay up with the baby, and after the midnight feeding or so, I would get sleep priority for a bit. So after about 2-3 days of this, I realized that I could watch Youtube or Netflix or something while gently rocking the baby to sleep. Then I realized I could watch a movie.

Then I realized I could choose what FIRST movie Marilla would be exposed to. So obviously, her first movie was Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.

I know she won't remember, and slept through the whole thing anyway, but I don't care. Her first movie was Star Wars.

EDIT: I wanted to add to my story that I found my recording of it. She was the ripe old age of four...days old. Even though the room is dark, you can KIND OF see a baby, and then I point to the screen and it's obvious what's on. And I do a bit of voiceover explaining the important context lol.
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^ I just might do that if I have a little Reepicheep of my own some day. Razz
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