“Memories of an Empire” – Saturday, May 15
Whatcha doin’ on Saturday?
Want to celebrate this month’s 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with me? I’ll be at the Fairlawn-Bath Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library for a 1 p.m. presentation, “Memories of an Empire”.
I’ll be sharing old (sometimes embarrassing) Star Wars-related pictures, nostalgic video clips, and reading parts of Collect All 21 focused on the awesomeness that was and is Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – released May 21, 1980 with less Wampa and a creepier Emperor and get off my lawn, you kids.
Beyond the fact that it’s almost universally recognized as the Best Damn Star Wars Movie Ever, Empire tends to mean a lot to first-generation fans because it represents the first “oh-my-God-they’re-making-ANOTHER-ONE!” movie excitement a lot of us felt. And it was the first time we really got to see a pre-Star Wars movie merchandising and marketing juggernaut in action. I bet made more visits to Burger
King in 1980-81 than in the rest of my life combined, because they had the collectible glasses and the puzzle-piece sticker folders and the perforated-edge trading cards – and every peek into the new Star Wars movie was an adrenaline rush.
I still have one of those trading cards, too – it’s been in the photo sleeve of my wallet for years.
Be there, Saturday, you should! Fun, it will be, yes, hmmm!
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