A Letter From The Publisher: May 23, 1983

For this week's cover stories on Return of the Jedi, the third installment of the Star Wars saga, San Francisco Correspondent Dick Thompson crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to San Rafael to explore the mysteries of the film's wondrous special effects in, of all places, a common cinder-block warehouse. There, and at a similar illusion factory in Van Nuys, Calif., Han Solo's Millennium Falcon spaceship first blasted into hyperspace, and E.T., C-3PO, R2-D2 and Jedi's furry Ewoks were born. Says Thompson, who has reported stories for TIME on subjects ranging...

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