Our friends called us one afternoon in May 1977 and asked if we wanted to go with them to see a film that they had seen the night before.
"A movie so good you want to see it again, right way?" I asked. "What's the name of this film?"
"Star Wars!" our friends enthusiastically replied.
They said, "We'll go to the 9 o'clock showing. Pick you up at 6 pm."
"What? Why are we going so early?" I asked.
I learned that we would be standing in line during the 7 pm show so we could get in at 9 o'clock.
I remember my last comment: "This had better be good."
I couldn't remember the last time I'd had so much fun at a film. I could relate the the frustrations of Luke Skywalker. He didn't want to be a farmer. He wanted to be a fighter pilot.
I loved the humor and sarcasm of Han Solo. I wanted to be that guy in high school. But I didn't have an ounce of Han's DNA in my body.
And Princess Leia - well, it didn't hurt your eyes to look at her. And she was not to be messed around with.
Now, Luke, Han and Leia are back with a new cast of characters. And "The Force Awakens" is receiving rave reviews. It looks like the word, "blockbuster" can be applied to this film.
My dear, sweet wife and I are taking a week off following Christmas Day services.
What will we do? Star Wars has shot to the top of the to-do list.
But I'll be looking to find the film running multiple times at some mega-theatre complex.
I'm too old to sit in a line for several hours just to see a movie.