Go ahead and celebrate May the Fourth, but may I suggest extending your "Star Wars" celebration to include May 25?
Why May 25?
"May the Fourth Be With You" is a clever pun for marketing a "Star Wars" day, but for those of us who were around when "Star Wars" (it was not "A New Hope" back then) opened on May 25, 1977 — that's the day that carries nostalgia.
Don't get me wrong, I will not omit an opportunity to celebrate a franchise I love. But a few years ago, I got so annoyed by people making posts on May 4 saying, "On this day in 1977, 'Star Wars' was released." Um, no. That's not true, like pretending Greedo shot first.
I was 17 when "Star Wars" came out, and I saw it at the Valley Circle Theatre in Mission Valley. That theatre sat around 700 people. I fell in love instantly and saw the film more times than I can count, including four showings in one day. I started collecting posters, lobby cards, books, toys — anything I could find.
I passed my obsession on to my son, who was born on May 4. He didn't become as nerdy a fan as me, but when he was 6 years old, I remember he asked Santa for 12 stormtroopers. At the time, only one stormtrooper was in a box at Target or Toys "R" Us. I had to stake out stores and plan strategies to outmaneuver the 30-year-old guys also hunting for exclusive figures. It was exhausting, and then Santa got all the credit. I also remember waiting overnight at Toys "R" Us with my younger brother for toy releases.
I gave up on trying to collect everything, but I have an eclectic and nerdy collection today. Ranging from a "Revenge of the Jedi" poster that the fan club offered to members to the original theater program when the film was released. I also have a Death Star fire pit and an AT-AT ice chest created by my talented and geeky friend Shane Blackbourn.
Since running out of space for collectibles, I started focusing on jewelry and clothing. Recently, I tried and failed to get approved by the 501st with Stormtrooper armor. I called for a Cantina Halloween haunt I did.
It was not my height that kept me out, but rather a belt that was a quarter inch too wide, a scratch on the paint for a button, and a few other small items. I will try again.
Food and drinks from a galaxy far, far away
Lucasfilm and Disney have put out many "Star Wars" cookbooks that I turn to often. My favorite recipes are Wookiee Cookiees (the extra "e" is mine), Bossk Brownies, and Greedo Burritos. My favorite of the cookbooks is the first one called "Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes."
Pit of Sarlacc Bundt Cake
Bantha Blue Milk Options
So celebrate "Star Wars" in whatever way that makes you happy. Just remember, May 25, 1977, is the day everything changed.
May the Force Be With You.
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