The Lope: Three Decades of The Force

Friday, May 25, 2007

Three Decades of The Force

...and 30 years of broken wrapping paper rolls.

Thirty years ago today, Star Wars premiered. Big budget science fiction movies gained a renewed viability, satirists got a boon of new material to play with and zillions of kids learned that it was fun to duel with empty Christmas wrapping paper rolls while making a "vreowww, vreowww" noise. I was one of them.

Jeremy Bullock played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Here, he helps Ace the Jedi Lope duel with a miniature bounty hunter at Trek Expo in Tulsa, back in 2005.

Ace enjoyed the fringe benefits of being a Jedi.

It's funny how pervasive the imagery of Star Wars has become.

Siths abound.

Which means you need some rebel forces to pal around with them.

And of course, ya gotta have Jedi.

Here, a storm trooper marches in a 4th of July parade last year in Centerville, Ohio. The funny thing is, I didn't think it unusual.


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