Older Than Yoda

“How does it feel, being older than Yoda?” I was asked on my birthday.

“Difficult, it is,” was my response.

Since “The Empire Strikes Back” came out in 1980, I believe I am something like eighteen years older than Yoda.

That movie, by the way, came out May 21st, 1980, right before my high school graduation and one week before my birthday. I went with a bunch of my friends, joining the proverbial lines around the block at the Palm Theater in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. We got in, though.

And it was amazing.

Being older than Yoda, I remember the movie business before “Star Wars”. It was confusing, visually uninteresting, and depressing, on the whole. Those movies genuinely seemed to come from a galaxy far, far away.

The franchise is very much with us, of course, having found new life since Lucas sold its rights to Disney. I enjoyed all the films I’ve seen so far. Hopefully, I’ll catch “Solo” this weekend.

Senior citizen discount, I may use.

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