How Star Wars Saved My Life

And turned me into an irretrievable geek

I was 6 years old when Star Wars was released in May 1977. I don't remember the first time I saw it, but I do remember that I forced my mom to take me so many times that she eventually began to sleep through it. Sometimes I would poke her before one of the more exhilarating moments--Han Solo killing the bounty hunter Greedo; Han making the jump to light speed in his jalopy, the Millennium Falcon; Han doing just about anything--and her eyes would momentarily flutter. I was so astonished she could sleep through the movie that I was worried something...

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