Whether you're a Star Wars fan or not, you're probably familiar that May the 4th is Star Wars Day. That's when social media gets to post crazy memes and fans (like me) take pride in sharing. Not familiar with the Star Wars movies? Are you like one of my physical therapist assistants and have never seen one of the flicks? Wow and sad face. When the original movie (A NEW HOPE) premiered I was one of the few people in my group that had a car and could drive. I stood in line a long time (no multiplex theaters), Gas was inching up in price so if you rode, you contributed to the fifteen mile drive to the ONLY theater where it was showing. I know I saw the original movie (in theater) as many times as their were weeks in the summer. Yep. That was me. I hope you a have a wonderful day (and weekend) and yes, I have to say it...May the Fourth be with you!
Taking advantage of this day in pop culture history, I asked the Crew to share a Star Wars memory--good or bad. So I'll start...
I've seen the original three movies more than I can count. But I still remember the very first time I saw the space ship appear in the very first scene. It kept going and going and going. I got goosebumps. So of course by the time I had kids, I wanted to share it. Just wasn't the same watching on a small screen television off a video tape (which took years) but we did it anyway. So...a funny memory related to Star Wars:
My son had everything Star Wars, toys, pajamas, figurines, models, and books. And in 1983 books came with read-along tapes. My son listened to his tapes all the time. One night at my parents, he was ready for bed and told my dad he'd read the story to him. AND HE DID. My dad was so amazed. I mean REALLY amazed. He thought my kid was brilliant...right up to the middle of the book when my son said, "BEEP. Time to turn the tape over." Yeah, my son was smart, but he'd only memorized the tape. My dad laughed about that for years and years. I can still hear him laughing until he had tears in his eyes.
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My favorite scene in Star Wars is where Leia tells Han she loves him. He has the best reply ever.
I just LOVE Han Solo. He has all the makings of a romance hero. Who are some of your favorite hero figures from movies or books?
My latest hero is a wise-cracking blind man with a dog named Bear. Hank Donovan has a rather unconventional romance with the local madam in JOLIE, one of the Brides of Noelle books. You can check it out at my website, along with my latest project: www.eeburke.com
May the Fourth Be With You!
Picture an August evening. A beautiful Iowa sunset. A grand pipe organ at the back of the historic catholic church in a the peaceful rural farm town...and a musician who knows his way around a pipe organ!!
Our recessional (he cranked up the volume on that pipe organ!) ) was the music from the original S.W. Final /Throne Room scene, which btw, makes for a very nice wedding recessional! Here is the you-tube of the music. #starwarsgeeksforever
Star Wars opened up our imaginations, once again proving that love (be it for family, hero, heroine, friends, or even strangers) will always find a way!
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May the Fourth be with you!
My favorite memories are renting the movies and having a weekend Star Wars marathon. We would buy two dozen tacos, nachos grande and cinnamon twists and have a picnic in the family room. (It takes a lot of food to feed 5 athletic kids.) No pop--they had to drink milk. And at least one child would snuggle up or even fall asleep. Great memories!
Maybe it's because of all my family memories that I create families in my stories. And in my latest Fitzgerald House release, I introduce a secret half-sister. (It was really fun.) You can check out TO CATCH A THIEF and read about the entire series on my website.
I've seen all of the Star Wars movies. Not always the day they come out, but soon after. As a writer, even though I don't right science fiction, I still live mostly in a fantasy world. So, Star Wars fits right in with that fantasy. Add in a husband and children who love fantasy and we've got a great recipe for family fun.
Star Wars has it all in terms of what people want to see.
The good will save the world, even though it isn't easy - check.
Family drama - check. Who can forget the words, "Luke, I am your father."
Sibling rivalry - check.
Adventure - oh yeah.
Travel - through the stars and then some.
Magical creatures - Some of the weirdest creatures ever known to man.
Leave the theater feeling like you can conquer the world? For sure!
I invite you to check out my latest release, Ford, The Bounty Hunters Book One. And coming soon, Moving Home, book 6 in the Rolling Thunder series will be released. Let me know your thoughts won't you?
And, May the Fourth be with you!
For me, the best thing about STAR WARS is Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia. Once you get past the wacky hairstyles and strange wardrobe choices, it's really all about attitude with her. It can't be easy being Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan surrounded by all that fantasy space opera testosterone. But Carrie pulls it off—a heroine who is smart, sassy and can handle a blaster as well as the boys.