Thirty years ago I was just a month away from turning seven years old and I was a typical baseball, football, tv watching, comic reading, dinosaur, monster loving kid.
Later that summer I would be adding space to that lists of loves and not your regular fly-to-the-moon kind of space, but the ray gun shoot ‘em up-dogfighting spaceship kind of space.
As we all know Star Wars opened up in a very limited release on May 25 and it didn’t reach my “far away galaxy” until late summer.
My first exposure was seeing the television spot advertising Star Wars. For the rest of the summer my brother and I watched the newspaper waiting for one of our local theaters to finally get this amazing looking movie.
The second exposure I had with Star Wars was with the July 18 issue of People Weekly magazine. Looking at this gold tin man with the funny number and letters name made me more anxious to see the film. I’m sure I annoyed my parents as I was always asking when we were going to see it. (Click on the photos for a closer look)
Finally in the July 27 edition of our newspaper there was a simple ad, Star Wars is coming!