Thursday, December 21, 2006

I Was There (sort of)

It was May 25th 1977 and me and my family thought we would go to the movies and see this new sci-fi picture that was opening. Well we got to the movie theatre and soon realized that was not happening. The lines were enormous and the only tickets they had were for a 10 PM show. So we went home and returned a few days later to get the thrill of our lives. As we know the rest is history.

But the one thing I took away from that first week showing was the classic "May the force be with you." button. This button opened up a world of collecting (for a kid who loved collecting) involving Early Bird kits that contained no toys only a certificate to mail in and then more and more figures of more and more obscure characters. I'm happy to have saved a few of my figures but it still annoys me that Boba Fett's rocket does not fire....

My Childhood Star Wars figures

6 comments:

Anne said...

Well, ermmm... may the force of christmas spirit be with you as well. Thank you for sharing such schwangy memories!

zorak163 said...

My original Boba Fett is one of my prized possessions. I'm a Star Wars baby - I was born the day before the movie released and have had a life long infatutation with the original trilogy.

The Evacuee said...

I just rediscovered my old Millenium Falcon in a box in my parents' garage.

Todd Franklin said...

What theater did you see it at? I had to wait until August when it finally showed up in my area.

sroden said...

ha! we went the day it opened in westwood. i remember buying tickets with my dad in the afternoon and then sitting in ships coffee shop making raisin bread and drinking chocolate milk and wathing the line grow until we couldn't see the end. i couldn't understand why my dad didn't want to get into line until we walked across the street about 15 minutes before they started letting folks in and he told me to go to the front of the line and say i was looking for my dad, and so the usher let me in right at the front and i grabbed us two great seats and waited for my dad. i'm sure i learned the wrong lesson that day, but once the credits started who the hell cared.... what a moment!

Dan Goodsell said...

we had to drive to fullerton - about 15 minutes from where we lived. It certainly did not have the number of screens that big movies have today.