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Star Wars Day

May 3, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
Did you know May 4 is Star Wars Day? Neither did I until an email popped up in my inbox this week.

At least according to Wikipedia, the day has been so designated because May 4 sounds an awful lot like a pun on "May the Force Be With You."

Now I am as big a fan of Star Wars as any other self-respecting child of the Seventies can be expected to be. "Star Wars" was the very first movie I saw in a movie theater. I remember standing in line outside the theater with my dad, a science fiction fan who was determined to pass his love of the genre along to me. When I was 7 or so, I had a Star Wars record that I played over and over on my hand me down phonograph and plastic figurines of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca. I don't believe I ever dressed up as Princess Leia for Halloween but I had classmates who did. When the casting for a new Star Wars revival movie was announced this week, I read the story on the wire, especially when it turned out that all the actors from the first movie will appear in the new version when it comes out in 2015. I'll probably even see that movie once when it comes out.

But I don't know about turning May 4 into a Star Wars holiday. Apparently there are Star Wars fans out there who have even turned their love of the movies into a religion called Jediism. That's taking it even further than Trekkies. I don't think Star Trek fans ever invented their own religion.

How about you? Will you see the new Star Wars movie when it comes out or mark Star Wars Day in any fashion?


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