May the 4th be with you

May 4, 2016

IMAGE_Mike_Perschon_May4Mike Perschon, Assistant Professor, English

I remember being in the movie theatre lobby and seeing the poster for Star Wars with Vader’s head behind Luke holding a lightsaber. And I thought, “That looks terrifying and I bet that movie’s rated R—I hope some day I’ll get to see it.” When we got in the theatre and Darth Vader walked across the screen, I thought, “My dad’s so cool! He got me into an R-rated movie!”

I lived in Fox Creek and we had a really tiny movie theatre that got movies after all the cities got them. So when I got back to school, the kids had heard about Star Wars, and I became the storyteller, the bard, and I could tell the tale because I had seen it with my own eyes! But within a year, it was THE story. Everybody liked Star Wars. In 1977, there was a whole generation of kids who latched onto that. It didn’t matter if you were into sports or if you were a boy or a girl—everybody loved Star Wars.

May the 4th be with you! Happy Star Wars Day!

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