Star Wars Opened 35 years ago today! WTF?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Star Wars.  THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO!

The movie that spawned sequels, prequels, animated series, novels, comic books, costumes, toys, video games, board games, and everything imaginable, opened on this date  35 years ago.  I keep saying it but I still can’t get used to it. 

I remember seeing it at a matinée back in 1977 with my father and my sister.  We walked out of the theatre stunned by both the sudden brightness of the outdoors and the mind-boggling visual effects.  It reminded my father of the old Flash Gordon serials he used to watch as a kid.

Later that year, I went see the film, when ever and where ever I could, once a week every week for the next year and a half.  I was a big movie fan back then and I would see at least three to five movies per week.  Hey, movies were $5 back then.  $2 every Tuesday so why wouldn’t I go to the movies every week.

Seeing Star Wars with my dad became a father/son tradition.  When Empire and Jedi came out, we were the first to see them.  A bond that would only be broken by the prequels.

I had the film on Betamax, VHS, and I would have had it on Laser disc too but I had just spent $800. on a Betamax machine!  Ugh!

Star Wars.  35 years!  Where did the time go?  Phew!

Please share your story in the comments section.  🙂

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2 thoughts on “Star Wars Opened 35 years ago today! WTF?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Greg, do you remember when you took me to see Star Wars? I was ten. There were a bunch of people talking in the back row, and you yelled, “SHUT! UP!” And then some eejit behind us started reading, “Chapter Three”. So of course, you know, we had to go see the movie again… .

    So much better than the sequels. The sequels really jumped the shark.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I forgot to leave my name. But you knew it was your little sister posting, right? 🙂

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