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Star Wars 30th year anniversary

Updated on May 11, 2010

Star Wars - the legacy

In 1977, a small science fiction film captured the imagination of millions worldwide. Thirty years later, the movie, Star Wars, remains top, not just as a movie favorite, but also a pop culture mark. There aren't many "movements", philosophy, or way of life, for lack of better words, that are adopted by multi- generations with universal enthusiasm. Kids who grew up watching "Star Wars" are now passing it on to their kids.

Recently, I've had the pleasure of working with a group of Star Wars fans, better known as the 501st Legions for a scholarship fundraiser. These guys are your everyday working folks with such love for the movie that they use almost any excuse they can find to dress up as one of the characters in public. Lucky for us, the best excuses are when you help others, such as charities, visiting children's/veteran's hospitals and fundraisers (like Nuvein Foundation). When you ask anyone of them as to why they do this, they'll say because "it's cool!" with the same child-like enthusiasm that they and we all had 30 years ago.

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Star Wars classic scene (from left to right - like these guys really need intro's) Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.Greedo - this guy is famous for getting ganked by Han Solo.  And Han shot first!Darth Vader - No. 3 in AFI's greatest villain list.  No. 3?!  "Star Wars" fans need to step it up, infiltrate AFI and make DV no. 1.
Star Wars classic scene (from left to right - like these guys really need intro's) Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
Star Wars classic scene (from left to right - like these guys really need intro's) Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
Greedo - this guy is famous for getting ganked by Han Solo.  And Han shot first!
Greedo - this guy is famous for getting ganked by Han Solo. And Han shot first!
Darth Vader - No. 3 in AFI's greatest villain list.  No. 3?!  "Star Wars" fans need to step it up, infiltrate AFI and make DV no. 1.
Darth Vader - No. 3 in AFI's greatest villain list. No. 3?! "Star Wars" fans need to step it up, infiltrate AFI and make DV no. 1.
Member of the 501st Legion in full Obi Wan Kenobi regalia at The Art Institute--Orange County's Star Wars Celebration Summer Workshop for High School student (see link to article above).
Member of the 501st Legion in full Obi Wan Kenobi regalia at The Art Institute--Orange County's Star Wars Celebration Summer Workshop for High School student (see link to article above).

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    • reagu profile imageAUTHOR

      reagu 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles

      Our foundation, Nuvein Foundation, gives out scholarships to students of literature and creative arts. We managed to give out 4 scholarships instead of 2 from last year as a result of the 501st's participation in our fundraiser.

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      Star Wars Lego Guy 

      10 years ago

      Very nice page. Thanks for the info on the 501st Legions. We've been looking for something our legion could do for community service. Maybe an areonautics scholarship or something like that. Thanks again.

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