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Friday, May 25, 2007

The Thirty Years War in the Stars

Can you believe that Star Wars is 30 years old today? The original movie blasted into theaters on May 25, 1977 — three decades ago.

And it seems like just a couple years ago Luke and Leia were only a babies. (Oh, that’s right, they were.)

To commemorate the 30th anniversary, today is officially “Star Wars Day” in Los Angeles, California.

And, to celebrate Star Wars’s birthday as well as the increase in postal rates, the United States Postal Service has issued commemorative, 41 cent postage stamps with Star Wars artwork. You can see them — and order them — here.

http://www.uspsjedimaster.com/main/splash.html


As some of you may have already noticed, many of our nation’s mailboxes have been replaced with R2 units. Four hundred mailboxes across the country have been replaced with R2-D2 replicas.

“R2-D2 is the feisty little droid who embodies the trust and dependability for which the Postal Service is so renowned,” the Post Office said. It's unclear whether they were complimenting the droid, the mailbox, themselves, or those feisty little mail carriers. Regardless, you can trust the little droid pictured at the link below with your most sensitive mail.

http://www.gearlog.com/2007/03/r2d2_joins_the_usps.php


Here’s George Lucas talking about 30 years of Star Wars as hoards line up today for a special screening of the original classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfUD_j1jDI


And finally, for the curious, here’s a little about George Lucas’s next project: Singing in Rain: The Special Edition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeYgju2qopM&mode=related&search=


I’d link to Bill Murray’s lounge act, “Nothing But Star Wars,” but can’t seem to find it.

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