May The Fourth. Its the official/unofficial day dedicated to everything Star Wars. Many fans watch the films or play the games on this day. Others simply reminisce about their love for the franchise.We here at the Temple of Geek felt that this day would be a great day to share some of our fondest memories of Star Wars.
I remember sitting down on the couch with my papa one day when I was very young and he pulls out these 3 beat up old VHS tapes and say’s we are going to watch these. The VHS’s he had pulled out were Star Wars. I remember being glued to the tv the whole time and asking a bunch of questions. From that point on, I have loved Star Wars. I remember seeing the horrible prequels in the theater. Ugh. But one thing I will always remember is working at Disneyland when Star Tours was refurbished and the new stuff was added. I went on that ride 8 times in a row during testing. I’ve only been picked as the rebel spy once but it was glorious.
I always make a point to go over to tomorrowland to take a picture with Kylo Ren, so I can sass him. And meeting Mark Hamill will always be one of my happiest memories. He is such an incredible person.
One of my favorite Star Wars stories was in 2005. It was days before my 25th birthday and Star Wars Revenge of the Sith was coming out on the 19th. I knew I was going to go see the movie but on the 18th of May was a huge surprise. I was working that day and a friend of mine who knew I loved Star Wars invited me to the screening of Revenge of the Sith. This however was not just any screening. She provided me with a theater all to myself so I could enjoy the movie before anyone else seen it. This was seriously one of the best birthday gifts I had received up until that time. I remember when the opening crawl came on screening, I had the biggest smile on my face from ear to ear. I will never forget that day.
A second Star Wars story was when I went to my first convention in Austin Texas. I was in line to meet Ray Parks. I remember he was running late that day and I was 2nd in line. I had waited 2 hours to meet him. When he arrived, I approached his table. I remember I was taking pictures of him and after he signed my photo, he jumped out from behind his table and took a photo with me. His handler told him he couldn’t do that and he told him that these are his fans and they waited for him and he will take pictures with him. He was the coolest guy I ever met.
I worked on a film called Sushi Girl, it was a small film and we were very lucky to get Mark Hamill in the cast. I was scared he’d be mean or rude and ruin Star Wars for me. I picked him up from his house to take him to set and it was like 4am… he was the nicest guy I’ve ever met. Someone told him I was a big Star Wars guy and he’d tell me all these amazing stories from filming the movies. He also told me to bring anything I wanted and he’d sign it for me. Between shooting the movie and doing promotions for it I ended up spending a good amount of time with Mark. I even went to San Diego Comic Con with him and he was gracious enough to sign his name badge for me, which is one of my most treasured items.
Though I’m a life long Star Wars fan, what I’m talking about happened pretty recently. Though it’s known for its drinking and partying, New Orleans, Louisiana has a rich melting pot of cultures, and these cultures are celebrated, especially during Mardi Gras. Here in NOLA we have one Krewe that celebrates the geek sub culture with a small parade, and other events, showcasing various cosplays and fandoms; the Krewe of Chewbacchus. Recently, this krewe has come under attack from New Orleans citizens and larger, more official, krewes, who feel that Chewbacchus appropriates New Orleans culture for silly things like Star Wars. This attack has become a physical act as an unknown assailant vandalized a mural celebrating Carrie Fisher’s beloved rebel princess and general, Leia Organa. While I am not a member of Chewbacchus, this vandalism broke my heart as someone who has so much love for Star Wars and other fandoms, someone who has found so many friends and loved ones BECAUSE we shared a passion for Star Wars. And for it to be attacked like this, makes me feel unwanted in my own hometown. Chewbacchus celebrates all walks of life, and all geeks, nerds, and fandoms are welcome to join in the fun. And this is what Star Wars means to me. Despite the angry voices, it doesn’t matter to geeks who you are, what culture you come from, what you look like, or who you voted for. None of this matters when you share the love of the galaxy far, far, away.
Do you have any stories about Star Wars that you want to share with us? Tell us some of your favorite Star Wars stories by leaving us a comment below and May The Fourth Be With You!