This week is one of the big holidays for "Star Wars" fans. May the fourth be with you will be uttered at Star Wars parties all over the planet this week. It is a grand celebration of everything Star Wars.
I think, even though the franchise has gone off the deep end a little the last few years, it will still be a big celebration. They have also started Revenge of the 5th as day two of Star Wars day. I imagine many televisions this week will play the movies and lots of Death Star cakes will be attempted.
I remember even in Afghanistan we would boot up the movies and enjoy May the Fourth every year. When you are deployed to other countries like this every little thing that reminds you of home is cherished greatly.
I remember being little and staying at some babysitter's house. She had copies of "Star Wars" on VHS. I never got to see the original movies at the theater because I was born in 79. The original movie came out in 1977 with the next two following closely behind.
She had one of those old school players that lifted out of the top of the machine when everything was more mechanical and less digital. I remember when the music started I couldn’t read the scroll but that didn’t matter; the orchestration by John Williams sucked me in from the first second.
The world had never seen anything like this yet and I was no exception. I didn’t know this at the time but I needed glasses and thought the lightsabers were big round things not like swords at all.
George Lucas knew what he was doing when he wrote the first films. He took a basic fairy tale and set it in space. You have a chosen one who doesn’t know it and gets mentored by a wise old wizard. There is a princess who needs to be rescued and an evil wizard that needs to be defeated.
I had never seen anything like it and it immediately, like many boys my age, became one of my favorite movies. The space battles were shot as if they were old time dogfights between single manned military aircraft, using fast pace and quick cuts to keep the tempo of the movie up.
Back then kids didn’t have iPads and computers, but what we did have was imagination and action figures. I had several Star Wars toys and used to spend hours recreating the movies with them.
The Millennium Falcon one of the most iconic ships of all time became a character of its own. Piloted by a roguish captain and an otherworldly mean but lovable hairy Wookie. I will never forget the hours I spent in this world. Even today, when I hear the score, it takes me back to a simpler time and reminds me of the wonder I felt that day the Death Star exploded for the first time.
David Koen is an Amarillo native who owns Doche Cleaners and is an active member of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute. Learn more at dochecleanersamarillo.com