A Long Time Ago…May 25th, 1977

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Were you there the day it opened?  Did you hear that music that has become a favorite of Star Wars fans everywhere?  You saw the now familiar words on the screen:

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….”

Next you saw the film name and then the scroll which has become such a huge part of Star Wars.  The first scroll read as follows:

It is a period of civil war.
Rebel spaceships, striking
from a hidden base, have won
their first victory against
the evil Galactic Empire.

During the battle, rebel
spies managed to steal secret
plans to the Empire’s
ultimate weapon, the DEATH
STAR, an armored space
station with enough power to
destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire’s
sinister agents, Princess
Leia races home aboard her
starship, custodian of the
stolen plans that can save
her people and restore
freedom to the galaxy….

We then see the Imperial Star Destroyer and we are emerged into the Space Opera that George Lucas gave us.  Considering the budget he had to make the films, he did an amazing job before there ever was anything we now know as CGI.  George Lucas really was a trailblazer for all the directors, writers, producers, special effects artists and others who create things on screen that look how they do today.

Star Wars is a culture that many people consider a huge part of their life.  From the memories of seeing the films in the theaters when released, to talking about who shot first, to collecting the merchandise and pledging your alliance with the Empire or the Rebels, Star Wars has touched more people than any other movie franchise in history.  I was born in 1975, just 2 years old when the first film was released, I honestly don’t know at what age my first memory was of the movie.  But I was hooked with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi years later, and have been a fan ever since.

Today in honor of this anniversary, think back and remember the first time you saw the film that introduced us to Luke, Leia, Han and Darth Vader.  Were you one of the lucky people who saw it in theaters during the initial release?  Did you see it years later on HBO or on a beta max machine?  I don’t think anyone, including George Lucas, would have thought Star Wars would have the impact it has on the world we know today. From the collecting of toys, to the cosplay, to the new films coming out over the coming years, as Star Wars fans, this is such an exciting time and it all started 39 years ago today.

THANK YOU George Lucas for what you did for me and so many who love your story.

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