History Star Wars Turns 30, Begins Mid-life Crisis
posted by May 25 at 12:52 PMon
Bradley Steinbacher just asked me if I was “a Star Wars nerd.” I prefer the term aficionado. As such, it is my duty to inform/remind you that thirty years ago today, Star Wars was released in theaters in all of its digitally unmolested glory.
Since that fateful day in 1977, Star Wars has become a cultural phenomenon. Jedi was included as a religion on the 2001 UK census form, Reagan’s crazy space laser program shared a name with the series and uh, Ghyslain Raza got super famous on the internet with his wicked lightsaber skills:
Despite the undeniable cultural impact of the series, no one in our office would admit to loving Star Wars. Stranger film editor Annie Wagner says she is “totally indifferent to Star Wars” and Josh Feit was only able to confirm that “he saw it” on its initial release but threatened to kill me if I revealed his age at the time. By my calculations, he was 55.
Finally, enjoy this vintage Nightline clip where film critic John Simon outs himself as the world’s biggest asshole:
I’ll be watching SW while doing bong rips and making Wookie noises at my cats all weekend. Feel free to stop by.