When I was a kid I was lucky enough to have a cool place that my brother and I could go after school and especially in the summertime... The magical place of which I am writing about is my grandmother's house. Yeah that's right my grandma's where my brother and I would have some cheese after school, play GI Joe, watch GI Joe, draw, build robots outta toys we had laying around, make star ships out of chairs, act out movies like the Karate Kid and Back To the Future, play basketball w/ the Bordenhead's, hang w/ My uncle Steve and of course watch Star Wars!
My uncle Steve lived in the basement when Kevin(My brother) and I were pretty young, but he would always make a point to hang out w/ us and play games and make fun of us too! One of the coolest things I remember is that Steve was into movies and had bought a VCR for my Grandma and Grandpa, while he was staying there after he graduated college. He'd been working w/ my Dad at place called Video Concepts, which in some ways was like the first Best Buy type place around. Anyway, My uncle sat me down one day... I am sure Kevin was there too, but I was so Blown away by what happened next that I can't remember... My uncle showed me the cover of these video tapes and started to tell us about how cool the movies are and that we could watch them w/ him. Next thing I know we are watching Star Wars and I am totally freaking out! I remember thinking it was the coolest thing I had ever seen! I didn't fully understand it or appreciate it like I continue to do as I get older, but I loved all the different landscapes, droids, chewy, light sabers and of course Darth Vader! I remember watching Empire and Jedi soon after! In fact, I remember Kevin and I acting them out all the time... The part where they try to put Luke, Han and Chewy into the Pit of Sarlacc! From that point on I was hooked! If you look at old photos of me say around the ages of 5 to 8 I am always wearing some sort of Star Wars Tee. or some other type of 80's reference. But normally it was either this bad ass Yoda tee I had or an Ewok shirt. This Just continued as I got older.
I was super sick as a kid so I would watch movies, read comics and draw a lot when I was home, and I would constantly watch Star Wars... I always had to watch all 3 if I started them so if I was home sick for a few days I would sit and watch the trilogy at least once... I always liked to watch it because it made me feel like I was in a Galaxy far, far away. I was and am still a dreamer and I loved and Identified w/ Luke so much. I always had all these Ideas about what I wanted to be and I would have these really intense feelings of sadness and isolation? Anyway, when I would watch Luke look out at the twin suns setting on Tatooine I would feel and still do feel sort of overwhelmed by all of the things I want to do. Or how I was or am going to do them? Like I said I was a sick kid and school wasn't always easy for me so Star Wars would help me put things into perspective. I mean at least It wasn't on me to destroy the Death Star... I just wanted to be a either a Comic Book Artist, Actor or NBA Basketball player. No big deal:)
Today, I feel like Star Wars hits even closer to home now that I am older and making my dreams reality. Star Wars is about letting go. It's about trusting yourself to do what needs to be done. Luke trusted his feelings and blew up the Death Star. He embraced the force and changed from a boy into a man. He stopped whining about power converters and lived what he felt like he had been missing on the farm!
So yeah they are making Episode 7... But I guess that isn't what I was really trying to talk about? I guess the point I am making is that Star Wars should never stop being made as long as they can figure out away to make good stories, and get great actors who commit and are passionate about the material. Star Wars has a positive massage and teaches kids and adults alike to never give up on themselves or other people because it's never too late to live your dreams, or over come adversity! So here's hoping that bringing back the old cast will remind us all why we love Star Wars all over again!