National Star Wars Day was first organized in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. May 4th was chosen because of the play on words, but Star Wars fans didn’t first introduce the often quoted phrase. In 1979, Britain elected the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On May 4, the day she took office, the Conservative Party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News, which read, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” The line was picked up by Star Wars fans everywhere.
Star Wars fans live all over the world. You are probably one of them. When you have a hero like Luke Skywalker and a heroine like Princess Leia, fighting against the evil Darth Vader how can you not get involved. With light sabers, flying fighting machines, a Wookiee, a few robots and the coolest looking characters from other planets or solar systems, you have a sure blockbuster hit movie. Or, I should say movies. The only confusing part of the equation is why they didn’t make the movies in chronological order of the events. That might have been a grand marketing tool to get you to watch the movies over and over.
I know a few people who are avid fans. Everything they do is related to Star Wars; their clothing, the way they talk, their vacations and their Halloween costumes. I don’t quite get that, but hey, whatever floats your boat, or flies your rocket ship. The story itself is the same old premise of good against evil, but the setting and costumes keep you coming back for more. Personally, I like all the beings in the bar scenes. I would love to have the imagination that thought all of them up in fine detail. I would also like to see how the costumes were made and make-up applied for shooting the movie scenes. What a lot of expensive work.
Next time you are feeling defeated, or need some extra strength to make it through a situation in life, grab your light saber and remember, the force is with you. You can do it!