Happy Star Wars Day! To kick off our Summer of Star Wars coverage, the Geekiverse Writers teamed up to share some of their Star Wars memories – specifically, the moment they fell in love with the saga and its universe. May the Fourth be with you!
Louis Mattiuzzo: My introduction to the Star Wars Universe came not in the way of the movies, but from the toys. My older cousin loved Star Wars and had all the figures and when I’d go over there, I was enamored with these crazy aliens and cool robots, the good guys like Luke & Han, and the bad in the form of Vader and the Emperor. After that, it was all over. I needed to watch the movies, I needed to have the toys, I needed to drive my parents crazy with my new found love of Star Wars. My love of Superheroes has stayed with me for my 30+ years on this Earth, but my love for Star Wars has never been far behind.
Andrew Garvey: I remember catching my first glimpses of the Star Wars series when I was young in tiny pieces: watching Luke deflect bolts for the first time after church at my Great Grandmother’s house, seeing snowspeeders trip up AT-ATs on Hoth as my dad stopped for a moment as he flipped through channels, and watching the Millennium Falcon blast the Death Star into tiny bits right before bedtime. It wasn’t until I was around seven or eight until I finally remember sitting down to watch one of the movies in its entirety. I’m pretty sure it was The Empire Strikes Back. Of course, at that time I really didn’t know who the Empire was or why they were struck in the first place, but I was hooked. Watching the rest of the trilogy came around shortly after. I was already sort of a geek, but I just loved the mix of the futuristic tech with the mysticism of the Force. After I discovered Star Wars, my world would never be the same. Driving through the snow at night became a trip through hyperspace. Fans became magical devices that could modulate my voice into that of Darth Vader. And empty wrapping paper tubes became elegant weapons for a more civilized age. To this day I let Star Wars enrich my life. I try to always be mindful of my feelings, to never give in to anger, to live in the moment. I even tell my students, “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” When I discovered Star Wars, my life changed just as Luke Skywalker’s did when Uncle Owen decided to buy a scrappy little astromech droid by the name of R2D2. And just like Luke, I’ve never looked back.
Sam Sarvis: When I was about seven or eight years old, I was introduced to Star Wars. It was a rough time in my life: my parents had separated, and I was learning how to live at two households. I didn’t get to see my Dad often with him working a lot but it was one weekend that I was over at his house, I found a weird looking box, it was a large gold and black VHS box in the shape of Vader’s helmet. Instantly, I was curious. Inside the box were Star Wars episode 4, 5, and 6. It was something I had never seen before! Jedi, Lightsabers, space fights! Science fiction was an entirely new genre to me and I’d like to think that Star Wars opened my eyes to it. After watching the movie I needed to watch the others. But my dad said we would have to wait until morning but my head was spinning! Surely I could become a Jedi too?! My love for Star Wars grew even more when episodes 1, 2 and 3 came out onto the big screen. It was the first time I was able to see them like that and it blew my mind. I still am completely in love with the entire series and I can’t wait for the new movies to come out. Looking back at this day. I realize how Star Wars had such a huge impact on me and how it not only opened a whole category of science fiction but it also helped a young girl and her dad grow closer and that is something I am most grateful for.
Josiah LeRoy: My earliest memory of Star Wars is clear as day. I was 6 years old in the Spring of 1997. I had only heard the term “Star Wars” and knew it would be “back” in theaters. For those of you who live or lived in Western New York, the Galleria Mall’s pre-Regal movie theater was the sight. I remember going up the escalator, unsure of why we were at the Mall. My Dad took me to the ticket window, looked at the clerk and said “two tickets to Star Wars.” I was mildly excited, my favorite movie to this point in my life being Toy Story. From the second the yellow crawl took place, to the initial battle between the Rebel Cruiser and the pursuit of Princess Leia, to Luke igniting a Lightsaber for the first time on screen, I was immediately sold. There was no delay – Star Wars had just become the biggest thing in my 6 year old life. The funny thing is, not much has changed. I have a big time love for Star Wars and its universe – the toys (actions figures and Lightsabers alike), the costumes, the video games, the comics, the novels, and so much more. Star Wars is a way of life, a celebration. Another quick memory – my family had wanted a Dog for a long time. It had been a few years since we had pets previously. My parents took me and my sister and got us together in the basement to ask what our family had been wanting for a while. My response? “An R2-D2 figure?!”
What are your fondest memories? Do you remember when you fell in love with Star Wars? Leave a comment below, we want to hear from you!