I was rooting around in my garage this weekend trying to get it more organized and just going through boxes of stuff in general when I came across this little bit of awesomeness.
Yeah that’s my ticket stub from the 12:01 showing of Star Wars Episode I, shown at the illustrious Edwards 21 cinema in Boise Idaho, on May 19th 1999. And yes it is in a 1/4 inch thick plastic case that is secured by screws, I don’t mess around protecting my Star Wars mementos, I guess. My friends and I camped out for over a week for that bad boy, this was in the days before you could buy your movie tickets on the internet, I think for Episode II we just bought them on the internet. I was super obsessed with Star Wars in High School, I collected all the toys and I had to buy boxes and boxes of the card game when they came out, my buddy and I had so many it was ridiculous. I even got kicked off the track team because I was camping out for Star Wars instead of showing up for track practice. We only lost the state championship in track by a couple of points that year too, points I probably would have gotten if I wouldn’t have been kicked off the team. Not that I’m bitter or anything, Star Wars rules! I remember when the show finally came we all had ridiculous Jedi costumes, my mom homemade mine, and practiced our lightsaber battles fiercely in the weeks leading up to the movie
When they finally let us into the theater we got our seats and then about half a dozen groups of people commenced to lightsaber fighting below the screen at the bottom of the theater. At one point my buddy wanted me to come down with him and lightsaber fight but I refused to do so, he eventually got the whole theater chanting my name to come down, it was really embarrassing and I didn’t go down, but one of my other friends stepped up and dueled with him, so the crowd was quelled. Ah to be 17 again, good times, I still love Star Wars the originals are my favorite trilogy of movies of all time.