A countdown of another kind today. Three days until Episode III!
I got tickets online over a month ago, and I'm going to see it with my lovely bride, and my two best friends that I've known and played Star Wars with since Third Grade!
We didn't see the original Star Wars together, but have seen quite a few of the others, and traded Topps movie cards in school, collected and played with the ships and figures, later played Star Wars roleplaying, and then the Star Wars CCG (Collectible Card Game).
We also went to all of the Special Edition re-releases of the films at the old Cinema 70 in the Springs.
I relish those childhood days, and am proud to call them my closest friends.
They were even quoted in the Gazette Telegraph:
Don Morgan’s parents recorded “Star Wars” on their VCR the first time it aired on television. Morgan and his brother watched the tape so often, they wore it out.
“Not only did we have the movie memorized, we knew all the funny commercials in between,” he says.
Cameron Crawford went to kindergarten with Morgan in Colorado Springs. They’re still friends and they still love to talk “Star Wars.”
“It’s happy season for us right now,” Crawford says.
As he grew up, Crawford says, “Star Wars” grew up with him.
“By the time I reached my teenage years, there was the romantic element to it,” he says. “There’s a little bit to it that appeals from the darker side, the blacker side of it.”
Now that he’s all grown up, “Star Wars” is still there for him. His latest toys are tabletop statues that are almost artistic.
“It’s something you can put on a nice table and not feel so geeky,” Crawford says.
Don has always been a huge fan of the Jedi and rebel forces, and more recently, the clone troopers.
Cam has always been closest to Han, Chewie and Lando.
Myself? I'm shamelessly a fan of Jango Fett, Boba Fett, Clone Troopers and Storm Troopers. The Imperial theme gives me chills. I know, there's one in every crowd...
My wife? She likes Leia, and is amazingly understanding of my sci-fi sickness. :-)
My earliest memory of Star Wars, though, was of Luke and Leia swinging across the Death Star. I was five years old.
See also: Sci-Fi