Star Wars: Let’s Talk Memories!

I must have felt a disturbance in the force.

Can you believe it?  It was just a few weeks ago that I blogged Fallen Jedi, a silly old short story of mine.

Posting Fallen Jedi was bittersweet. It was, in many ways, closure to a life-long love that started 32 years ago, in a small town Iowa theater.

And now – boom! – Darth Disney is breathing new life into that venerable franchise’s rotting husk.

You’re welcome.

It would be easy to go on about how Lucas has already killed the franchise, which he kinda has, but that’s well trod issue.  Star Wars is coming back, whether we want it to or not, so we might as well get ready? Right?

So let’s talk about how we used to love Star Wars.

I want to hear your favorite Star Wars memories!

I’ll start.

#1 The Theater

I was six. I don’t remember seeing trailers on TV, not like I do for Empire Strikes Back, but somehow, I knew I had to see this movie. It was the advertisement in the theater section of the local paper that really got my blood boiling. Yah, that one right there. I loved it so much I clipped it out and put it on my bulletin board. I wanted to go so bad but my parents wouldn’t take me.

But then, it happened. Some cousins were visiting and one of them, who was old enough to drive, announced that he was bored and was going to see Star Wars. I still don’t know how it happened (although I know an obnoxious amount of begging was involved) but within the hour I was sitting there in the theater and the curtains were drawing back and [fanfare].

#2 Toys-R-Us Midnight Madness

It was 1999. The Phantom Menace was weeks away and we were all full giddy optimism and excitement. Star Wars was new all over again and this time I HAD MONEY! No more meticulously devouring the JCPenny catalog for Christmas lists, I was going to buy whatever I wanted!

So there I was, standing in the cold strobe light painted Toys-R-Us parking lot, just me, the Lovely Leann, and about 300 kindred souls. The clock ticked on. Anticipation built.

The line started to move!

There was jostling, a little shoving, but no trampling (hey, we’re geeks, not animals). I crossed the threshold, inched past wide-eyed employees, and [angelic music/geekgasm] THERE WERE GIANT WIRE CRATES FILLED WITH STAR WARS FIGURES!

Pure. Awesome.

What’s your favorite Star Wars memory?

2 thoughts on “Star Wars: Let’s Talk Memories!

  1. Sorry. Sorry, I’m a bit late, traffic and all that.

    My favorite Star Wars memory is actually Christmas 1977. I was three, old enough to know what Christmas was in theory, but not quite old enough to have any real expectations. Star Wars had, of course, come out early that year and I had devoured it like a starving man at a buffet. At that point, everything was Star Wars for me, so much so, I honestly have no idea what I did as a child before Star Wars. Did I play with toys? Did I want things? I’m not sure. I can’t remember, but after Star Wars came out, everything I wanted was available. I could dress Star Wars. I could sleep Star Wars. I could eat Star Wars, needless to say, going into Christmas that year, it was pretty easy for my parents to tell what I was into. Apparently, it was all I would talk about. And since my brother wasn’t old enough to really participate in Christmas yet… it was all me.

    I came downstairs in my Star Wars footie pajamas and there were boxes. Boxes and boxes… I got a TIE fighter, an X-wing Fighter, the Millenium Falcon, the death Star playset (the tall one with the four levels and the garbage compactor and everything… so great) and a ton of figures too. Wonderful things. I kept ripping apart christmas paper and there was more and more awesome things beneath! I had no idea Christmas could be like this! I remember dancing with unrestrained joy as my Dad put the ships together and put the stickers on. I’m surprised I didn’t die of a stroke that morning.

    Then I sat down in the middle of the living room, surrounded by all that awesome stuff, and I started making up my own adventures.

    No other Christmas has ever been so great.

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