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A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day....05-19-05...Star Wars
DollyCali | May 19. 2005 | DollyCali

Posted on 05/18/2005 9:10:11 PM PDT by DollyCali



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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Ah, Star Wars where to begin?


Words & phrases were born: “The Dark Side”, “May the Force be with you”,”Ewoks”, “lightsabers”, droids”, "hyperspace”. The stellar career of Harrison Ford (Hans Solo) was launched, while Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) remained relatively obscure and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) went to rehab & both Mark & Carrie have experienced a modest comeback.

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R2D2 & 3CPO were resurrected in 1999 for episodes 1-3 all the while George Lucas, a household word, became famous, rich, & has input with many films of all sorts with his companies Lucas Industrial Light and another firm Skywalker Sound. These two firms combined have won 40 Oscars ! If you sit through the “credits” at end of movies, as I always to, you see the names often. Lucas also had directed &/or produced movies such as Willow; Indiana Jones series; and American Graffiti. The genius of Lucas is undisputable.

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We learned a little about tolerance, respect, cooperation, and even LOVE ? among humans not just a different color, race or nationality.. but between human and robots and humans & intelligent creatures of every imaginable appearance and disposition. Hans Solo & Chewy; Leia & C3PO; Luke and R2D2 - a few examples. We waited for the first kiss between Leia & Hans; we cheered when the Death Star exploded and cried when we found out Luke was Darth Vader’s son

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We also learned that no longer were the credits at the end a one minute affair. I didn’t think there were that many people in Hollywood, yet alone part of one movie!

A generation that was raised (or raised their children) on the first three episodes – actually the middle of the trilogy - beginning in 1977 looked forward with anticipation as the opening of the next series at the end of millenium, to let us know “how it all started”. Current gossip has it that Lucas may be bold and go where no other human has gone – No wait that is another series - and do the last three of the trilogy. Hmm.. a trilogy of trilogies. Works for me.

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Please join us with your stories of your childhood experiences, your children’s experiences, your Star Wars favorite characters; Star Wars Trivia; your favorite Star Wars Pictures/graphics.. And hey, invite your friends, who are Star Wars fans to join us.

And yes, it is Thursday and JohnHuang2 is not able to be with us today. My guess is he has bought an all day pass and is going to sit through the movie half a dozen times He should be back with us next week.



DollyCali Does Star Wars


Always having been a movie fan & a Sci Fi fan for decades, I looked forward to this movie with all the hype that preceded it.. 1977. My son was 4 when husband and I decided to take him to the first theater movie. It has been playing for weeks with great reviews & crowds still heavy, but not sold out.

Son Jeff had been talking about it for weeks – much promo on TV. As we stood in line for the movie and he asked what we were going to see we asked him what was the movie he really wanted to see.. We just about fell over when he said “Pete’s Dragon” (the most recent advertised flick) .

Well we did NOT have to worry about him being disappointed. Jeff like his mom is typical ADDH… little sleep, always bouncy, active and talkative. I had worried about him also disturbing other movie fans. Well, we didn’t have to worry about this either. HE NEVER MOVED. He sat transfixed from beginning to end.

Jeff and I saw this at theater several more times together and I alone many more times (for the sake of you all not thinking I am a complete Movie Maniac, I plead the 5th to exactly HOW MANY TIMES.)

Jeff and I together saw the next two episodes over the years. Between the first movie & the opening of The Empire Strikes Back we found our home became a haven of star wars figures, aircraft, monsters, fighting vehicles & light sabers…and as of now..well, yes I own all the VHS & DVDs.



When Episode 1 opened in 1999 here in NE Ohio, I had much nostalgia as I went the first day & wished I could be sharing this with Jeff.. Alas he lives 500 miles away & now has his own family.

When that wonderful blast of music & the Opening Scroll of “A long time ago, in a galaxy etc” burst onto the sceen....I...I...

I began sobbing.

I freely confess. . I never realized how powerfully this would affect me. A couple folks my age sitting near by patted me & nodded, understanding. At the end of the movie, everyone jumped up & clapped. The critics didn’t give it top reviews.. but we fans did.

I may not be around a whole lot for next ??? hours.. depends on how many showings I am able to get tickets for today. I will be there after midnight for the initial public showing.

And I hope that all visiting will realize this is NOT the thread for flaming & critical political commentary on the stars & crew.



Now please pass the popcorn...








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KEYWORDS: darthvader; fun; lightsabers; revengeofthesith; starwars
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1 posted on 05/18/2005 9:10:12 PM PDT by DollyCali
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Bring your light Saber and Join us at the Finest as we take a look at the 30 years that Star Wars has invaded our culture and for many of us, our hearts. I am shown here with one of my favorite dates who says:

" Like us you will"

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT ON/OFF OUR FINEST PING LIST






2 posted on 05/18/2005 9:20:13 PM PDT by DollyCali ("Thank you for your ANSWERS". POTUS to press at end of Presser 28April05)
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I dressed up as Darth Vader-ette to see the first one.


3 posted on 05/18/2005 9:24:09 PM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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How kewl.. any pix you can post? I am off to theater shortly


4 posted on 05/18/2005 9:25:37 PM PDT by DollyCali ("Thank you for your ANSWERS". POTUS to press at end of Presser 28April05)
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I wish but no pix. Enjoy and give us your full review upon return :-)


5 posted on 05/18/2005 9:26:44 PM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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Well, this is gonna be a challenge--I have only seen the first 3 Star Wars--and that was because my husband insisted. Sorry. I am a tear-jerker movie type myself.

But it will be fun seeing how everyone else remembers them. I just remember Harrison Ford being really hyper!


6 posted on 05/18/2005 9:31:51 PM PDT by LUV W ((Freedom is on the march. Freedom is the birthright and deep desire of every human soul.GWB 3-29-05))
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The Six Star Wars Movies




Star Wars 4 – 1977 -The New Hope 93%
Star Wars 5 – 1980 - The Empire Strikes Back 98%
Star Wars 6 – 1983 - Return of the Jedi 80%
Star Wars 1 – 1999 - The Phantom Menace 65%
Star Wars 2 – 2002 - Attack of the Clones 62%
Star Wars 3 – 2005 – Revenge of the Sith 84%

The percentage at the end is the critics review from Rotten Tomatoes compilation. The titles are "hotlinks" to the movie official site.
7 posted on 05/18/2005 9:32:47 PM PDT by DollyCali ("Thank you for your ANSWERS". POTUS to press at end of Presser 28April05)
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To: cyborg
Look at these winners.

("Star Wars Kid" lost some weight!)


8 posted on 05/18/2005 10:28:16 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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Wow at least I didn't like a big jeans wearing dweeb.


9 posted on 05/18/2005 10:29:33 PM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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Wonderful post DollyCali...I'm a SciFi fan too. I'm going to try and go to the mantinee tomorrow. Can't wait to see this one. I wish holywierd would do Dragon Riders of Pern or the Darkover series. Both would be wonderful SciFi movies.


10 posted on 05/19/2005 2:53:23 AM PDT by GailA (Glory be to GOD and his only son Jesus.)
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May 19, 2005

Doing Our Part

Read:
2 Kings 20:1-7

I have heard your prayer . . . ; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. —2 Kings 20:5

Bible In One Year: Psalm 115-118

coverA runner at a school track meet crossed the finish line just ahead of his nearest rival. A bystander, noticing that the winner's lips were moving during the last couple of laps, wondered what he was saying. So he asked him about it. "I was praying," the runner answered. Pointing to his feet, he said, "I was saying, 'You pick 'em up, Lord, and I'll put 'em down.'" That athlete prayed for God's help, but he also did what he could to answer his own prayer.

When we ask God for help, we must be willing to do whatever we can, using whatever means He gives. When Hezekiah heard that he was going to die, he prayed for a miracle, and God promised to extend his life 15 years. Then Isaiah gave instructions to place a lump of figs on the troublesome boil (2 Kings 20:5-7). God did the healing, but He used human effort and natural means.

A couple of children were walking to school one morning when it suddenly dawned on them that unless they really hurried they were going to be late. One of them suggested that they stop and pray that they wouldn't be tardy. "No," the other replied, "let's pray while we run as fast as we can."

When we ask the Lord to do something, we must also be ready to do our part. —Richard De Haan

Points To Ponder
How does the truth of today's article apply to illness?
To receiving a job promotion? To social evils?
To final exams? To increasing faith?

Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.

FOR FURTHER STUDY
Praying With Confidence
How Can I Know What God Wants Me To Do?

11 posted on 05/19/2005 4:45:52 AM PDT by The Mayor (www.RusThompson.com)
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As for Lucas being a household word, I have to share with you this true story from a couple of weeks ago. A man in our church is a documentary-maker and aspiring movie mogul. His twin 4-year-old daughters went with us on a group field trip to one of the Smithsonian museums in D.C., and one of the leaders asked if they knew who the man was in the picture (of Washington crossing the Delaware). "Yeah! That's George Lucas!" one of them cried. ;o)


12 posted on 05/19/2005 4:54:00 AM PDT by shezza (A blue-star family)
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13 posted on 05/19/2005 4:55:46 AM PDT by The Mayor ( Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.)
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First Trivia Hidden Fact

How may of you knew that Michael Moore had a starring role in the Star War movies?

Who has seen Sith so far? what did you think? i will post my report later .. need to mow to beat the rain ...but in one word a report for now: AWESOME
14 posted on 05/19/2005 5:41:14 AM PDT by DollyCali ("Thank you for your ANSWERS". POTUS to press at end of Presser 28April05)
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Good devotional Rus (BTW, thanks for popcorn)

When we ask the Lord to do something, we must also be ready to do our part. —Richard De Haan

Pinging a couple others.. sometimes when we are going thru difficult times we (I) have a difficult time realizing that perhaps God is communicating with me.. Are all people "hurts" ,bad situations, kid problems; love "issues"; ill health matters, troubling work etc random acts of nature or the finely woven tapestry of God? or somewhere in between? .. always difficult. Sometimes I get to wrapped up in the storm of life to hear the gentle voice of God.

15 posted on 05/19/2005 5:46:53 AM PDT by DollyCali ("Thank you for your ANSWERS". POTUS to press at end of Presser 28April05)
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'Morning, Dolly. Hope you have a grand day at the movies.

I shall never forget seeing the first(fourth) Star Wars movie in 1977. I don't know how many of you remember the movies made in the '70s. They were all morose, depressing, preachy, no right or wrong/good or bad, nihilist, all were just plain awful. Then along came Star Wars and just in time!

I had had thyroid cancer 5 years before and had surgery to remove the tumor then. Now, in 1977, after being married just a year, another tumor on the remnants of the thyroid had appeared. The day before surgery I was a bit down so Mr.Lakeside suggested going to a movie. It was Star Wars. It was total escapist, total fun, and for that short while I totally forgot about hospital, needles, knives and pain.(the tumor turned out to be benign. yay!)

Also, unbeknownst to us I was pregnant with our first son. Now, I don't know if the old wives tale of 'imprinting' on the unborn is true but that son is an enthusiastic fan of Star Wars to this day. And yes, we had all the toys and action figures and even the Star Wars Legos.

As for me, I'm going to wait for the dvd as my 'going to the movie' days are pretty much over. No problem, we've got a big screen t.v. with a very good home theater surround sound system. :o)
16 posted on 05/19/2005 5:50:20 AM PDT by Lakeside
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Good morning Dolly, Thanks for the quote and thoughts


17 posted on 05/19/2005 5:51:03 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Brought to you by The American Democrat Party, also known as Al Qaeda, Western Division.)
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funny story.. one founded a nation.. one founded a dynasty

My lawn mower is calling

:-)


18 posted on 05/19/2005 5:54:31 AM PDT by DollyCali ("Thank you for your ANSWERS". POTUS to press at end of Presser 28April05)
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Good morning FReepers everywhere.


19 posted on 05/19/2005 5:56:07 AM PDT by Temple Owl (19064)
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Morning Dolly!


20 posted on 05/19/2005 6:33:02 AM PDT by The Mayor ( Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.)
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