Welcome to Star Wars Celebration IV Week!
Bill and Allen will be travelling out here to sunny California on Tuesday for what will be the event of the summer...well at least until Comic-Con comes along in July!
No really, C4 is going to be beyond huge! Tomorrow I'll start getting those last minute things ready; packing, laundry, putting batteries in my lightsaber, etc. I remember back to Celebration III when a few of us stood in line at the UPS store talking to one of the coordinators from Gen Con. He said that they were already in talks with Lucasfilm for a very 'tentative' Celebration IV which 'may' take place during the 30th anniversary of the first film. All of this was just a few lines on a piece of paper back then (not unlike the outline for the prequel trilogy). And now here we are!! It's real, it's happening here, practically right down the street (or freeway rather) from where I now live!
Once it begins on Thursday I really don't expect to see much of the outside world for 5 days, nor would I want to. O.K. so seeing the sunlight now again wouldn't be such a bad thing.
And so the week of the 30th Anniversary of the original release of "Star Wars" begins. My God has it really been 30 years since the photo above was taken outside Mann's Chinese Theater? We'll be heading to this historic spot on Wednesday so Bill and Allen can see where it all began. Unfortunately they really missed the mark during this oh-so-important anniversary. The original film will NOT be playing there in any capacity this week or especially on Friday! Once again, HUGE missed opportunity. It reminds me of when MTV couldn't get Prince to sing "1999" on New Year's Eve that year. My thinking: you do WHATEVER you have to do to MAKE THIS HAPPEN! Because it will never come again like this. Of course they did not get Prince and on Friday, May 25th the Chinese Theater will be playing some other summer film, blah, blah, blah.
So much for history. But hey we'll still be having an amazing time...