Jeffrey Miller

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A long time ago in a summer far, far away…

It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since Star Wars first came out.

I’ll never forget what it was like seeing Star Wars for the first time. Back in July of 1977 I was home on leave from the Air Force and had gone to Chicago for a few days where I had the chance to see it.

As soon as the lights went down in the theater and the film began it was nothing like I had ever seen before. The opening shot of the Imperial Star Destroyer practically filling the entire screen as it chased after a Rebel ship was unbelievable to say the least. You just sat there and went “wow!”

Today I finished reading the massive coffee-table tome The Making of Star Wars that I picked up when I was in Bangkok. It was really neat to look back on the film again and read about what people like George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and others had to say about the making of the movie and how in the beginning it didn’t look like the movie was ever going to be made.

I was also surprised to learn that it was Lucas who had originally come up with the idea for Apocalypse Now and had put that project on the backburner to make Star Wars.

1 Comment

  1. The world truly owes a debt of gratitude to Star Wars; for, without, there’d be no Matrix.

    Nice memory write, Jeff.

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