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Star Wars at MidAmeriCon (1976)

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That was great! Thanks for sharing. 😃

What can you get a Wookiee for (Life Day) Christmas when he already owns a comb?

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I think that was the con where fans could invest in what was then called The Star Wars Coporation, an opportunity a regular Starlog magazine writer lamented ten years later that they had passed on.


Where were you in '77?

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Having watched a zillion SW clips, I didn’t think I’d go for this - but it was absolutely mesmerising! Thank you! This reminded me of a time when Star Wars was Star Wars. I get the same feeling watching the unaltered version of the film and (excuse the digression here) this only fuels my contempt for the unavailability of that film.

Loved the reference to ‘300 Wookiees’. I also loved how Gary described Leia’s royal influence over several planets. It kind of gave credence to his later claim of her ruling ‘what was left of her people’ in a discarded iteration of Revenge of the Jedi.

‘Novel written by George Lucas…’ - nice one!

It’s a shame the clip cuts off before Kurtz gets to explain how they’re struggling to get extra funding for some additional rocks in the Tatooine R2D2 scene. Maybe that’ll surface someday…

On a side note I’d love for Gary Kurtz to do a commentary track for Despecialised or the SSE/4K. Does anyone here have his email address?

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That’s an interesting idea! Would Gary want to record one for posterity and to preserve his side of the story? With itty bitty digital recorders you wouldn’t even need a studio for such an endeavor.


Where were you in '77?

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LOL, what a bunch of geeks in that Q&A. 😄

And in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as the Son of the Suns.

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SilverWook said:

That’s an interesting idea! Would Gary want to record one for posterity and to preserve his side of the story? With itty bitty digital recorders you wouldn’t even need a studio for such an endeavor.

The thing is it wouldn’t have to be a bitchy anti-Lucas thing (nor would we want it to be). I just think Gary would do a great commentary given how involved he was with every aspect of the film’s creation. He clearly understood the mythology and was deeply immersed in the nuts and bolts of the entire production. The bonus would be the fact that, unlike George, Gary actually likes the films as they were!

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This is quite the find. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

“After a time, you may find that having, is not so pleasing a thing after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” - Spock

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michaeljack said:

I’m planning to buy this jacket (insert ink here) as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. Any suggestion…??

Are you taking her back to 1976 to see the MidAmeriCon too? 😉
 

Welcome to the site - please take the time to look around - and find some topics of interest - I think there are a couple of Star Wars merchandise thread around somewhere too.

Though, unfortunately I’m not too sure about some members’ fashion sense on here… 😉

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What a fantastic series of videos! This is why I love this site 😃

The whole Q&A is a must watch. There is some really interesting bits about THX 1138 at the end.

  1. Gary Kurtz pronounces it as Thex and not saying the letters T-H-X. I think in the movie they say Thex as well.

  2. Warner Brothers pulled the film shortly after release due to issues with Coppola’s Zoetrope and Kurtz says THX was making money at the box office. I never knew this.

  3. 35mm prints of THX were almost non-existent in 76 and you could only get 16 mm prints for screening.

Great stuff!

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LexX said:

LOL, what a bunch of geeks in that Q&A. 😄

Haha yeah. This was great, thanks for posting.

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THX’s roomate LUH indeed calls him Thex. Movies did not open on huge numbers of screens back then, not even Star Wars, so not as many prints unless a film became a huge hit. Warners was in a state of flux with new corporate overlords so a dumb decision like that seems inevitable.


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oojason said:

michaeljack said:

I’m planning to buy this jacket (insert ink here) as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. Any suggestion…??

Are you taking her back to 1976 to see the MidAmeriCon too? 😉
 

Welcome to the site - please take the time to look around - and find some topics of interest - I think there are a couple of Star Wars merchandise thread around somewhere too.

Though, unfortunately I’m not too sure about some members’ fashion sense on here… 😉

Yeah, kind of…😃

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