My brother Tom and I spent most of the summer of 1977 watching Star Wars.
We went to the downtown theater every chance we got that summer. At one point, I counted that I had watched the movie in the theater seventeen times.
For 9-year old twin brothers, the movie was absolutely perfect. Cool characters. Fancy weapons. A bad ass bad guy. Even a hoppin' band playing in the Cantina.
Our bunk beds became the Millenium Falcon for countless battles against the Empire's Tie Fighters.
Every guy in our class had a blast as the playground at Evans Elementary School became the desert of Tatooine and halls of the dreaded Death Star.
I really can't believe that it's been 30 years since the movie was released at a mere 32 theaters on May 25, 1977. Of course, by the fall of that year it was the highest grossing movie of all time.
Now 30 years later, the film is an industry all of its own, and Jake knows more of the minor characters than I do. (Mostly because I am a sucker when it comes to buying all the cool Star Wars toys that are now available - especially the Galactic Heroes collection.)
It's far, far away from when the movie was originally released and there were no toys available at all.
I vividly remember at Christmas that year begging my Mom to buy one of the special mail-in certificates that would entitle you to get the first action figures. To be that excited about a piece of cardboard and not even the actual toy, shows how crazy Tom and I were about the movie.
In honor of this special occasion, I offer a hearty Happy Birthday and repost this classic Robot Chicken video (featuring the voice of George Lucas by the way) about what happened after Luke blew up the first Death Star at the end of the original classic Star Wars movie.
Link to video.