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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Positively Star Wars

by Mauverneen

I'm telling you Leia went that way!
When Star Wars premiered in May, 1977 it was a huge success. Like most people, I went to see it. Sci-Fi was never really my favorite thing, but I was captivated. It was fun, exciting, different. Three years later there was a sequel and three years after that the trilogy was complete.  

And then

A prequel – a second trilogy of films - was released between 1999 and 2005.

And then

A third trilogy is about to about to be presented to the masses beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Planned for release in December, 2015.

It’s a phenomenon that just won’t go away. Which makes a lot of people very happy.

Joliet, IL and the public library held a Star Wars Day on Saturday, June 6th. Darth was there, Han Solo, Luke and several Princess Leias. Driving around the downtown area looking for parking, it was fun to see numerous strange characters walking the street.

Inside the library there were book signings and art work. Outside, the award winning, nationally recognized Joliet American Legion Band played Star Wars music.
Joliet's own Award winning American Legion Band plays Star Wars

The films have spawned video games, clothing, toys, books, action figures and conventions. A huge one is being planned for July 2016 in London at the ExCeL London Exhibition andConvention Centre to celebrate all things Star Wars.  According to the website it will feature Star Wars cast and crew, costumes, exclusive merchandise, entertainment, exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions and never-before-seen glimpses into the future of Star Wars. Whew!

Good news for hard core fans – there is a future. But I have to wonder, after 9 films, what could possibly be left? They hint at more movies and maybe some television. They promise something for everyone while celebrating all that has come before plus those glimpses into the future during the three day celebration.

Better pack that light saber and your Star Wars lunchbox and start planning your vacation now Star Wars fans. And may the force be with you!

A few more fun photos from Star Wars Day!
One of three authors signing books in the library

wonder who or what's in the stroller...

Chewie meets Chewie! Yep. The dog's name is Chewie.

Strange. Even for downtown Joliet

Who knew Chewie was musically inclined? El Troubadores provided some music and fun.
 (Although the guy introducing them looks more like Dude Lebowski with a helmet!)

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