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Mine is there, too.  18th down, beginning "Well, I have always said I was the ideal age when Star Wars was released -- 5 years old..."

One thing I will add is in regards to my interpretation of TESB having the "Episode V" designation.  At the same lunch room table where my pals and I debated the Luke/Vader relationship, we came to the conclusion that Star Wars was episode I, and slots II-IV were to be filled in by books, with Splinter of the Mind's Eye being episode II.

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Amazing.  Being a bit too young to have caught the movies in theatres, I've always wondered how people reacted to the shift in episode numbers, especially how kids reacted to it.  I've never heard a story like that before, but it's a pretty well-informed rationalization.

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Amazing.  Being a bit too young to have caught the movies in theatres, I've always wondered how people reacted to the shift in episode numbers, especially how kids reacted to it.  I've never heard a story like that before, but it's a pretty well-informed rationalization.

I learned my roman numerals from the Star Trek movies, so when I finally realized what the "V" meant on my home video I think I asked my dad, but he didn't know.  Never really thought about it after that.

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Amazing.  Being a bit too young to have caught the movies in theatres, I've always wondered how people reacted to the shift in episode numbers, especially how kids reacted to it.  I've never heard a story like that before, but it's a pretty well-informed rationalization.

I will be totally honest, nobody ever talked about the episode #'s when I was a kid, and I think that has to do with not having them on Video and just seeing them on HBO.  As a kid, you would rarely catch a movie from the beginning on HBO, as you channel surf, see SW on, and start watching it til the end.  Because of that, I never really noticed or cared about the Episode #'s from 77-83.  I never had them on video until the late 80's, so there was no BS to deal with concerning the spines of the movies, or how they were worded on the boxset, or eventually which versions were being released;)  Back then they were just Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi. 

It was just assumed that Jedi was the last movie, even in 1982, and you had that context the whole time.  It wasn't til after Jedi that the hype for more movies began, and that is when you started analyzing the Episode #'s, wondering what happened before and after. 

 

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It wasn't until the late nineties when news about the new upcoming Star Wars trilogy was in every issue of Insider that me and my buddies began calling them by their episode titles, and even then rarely. Before that they were always Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Back then their episode numbers were just an interesting bit of trivia to us, "Did you know?: Star Wars is actually the fourth film in the series. Someday, George Lucas intends to make the first three parts of the series." We knew 1, 2, and 3 where supposedly on their way sometime in the distant future. But it was such a long way off, it felt to us a bit like talking about Christmas in June, it was way too far off to start getting excited about.

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Yeah, we didn't dwell too much on the episode numbers, and certainly never referred to them as such.  After "Episode IV" appeared in '81 (probably didn't actually see it until home video) we just assumed we missed it or didn't notice it when we saw the original back in '77.  Then after seeing that my friend's Art of Star Wars book attributed the Episode IV designation to a 1976 draft of the script, we were convinced. (Was this George's first step in creating a revised history??)

Back in the day I always thought it was neat that these movies were set in the middle of a larger time frame, without expecting that any more movies would ever be made.

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Yeah, we didn't dwell too much on the episode numbers, and certainly never referred to them as such.  After "Episode IV" appeared in '81 (probably didn't actually see it until home video) we just assumed we missed it or didn't notice it when we saw the original back in '77.  Then after seeing that my friend's Art of Star Wars book attributed the Episode IV designation to a 1976 draft of the script, we were convinced. (Was this George's first step in creating a revised history??)

Back in the day I always thought it was neat that these movies were set in the middle of a larger time frame, without expecting that any more movies would ever be made.

 

I wish that were the case.  I really wish Return of the Jedi was the last one made.  To me the original trilogy is nearly perfect despite some flaws.  The prequels are one of the biggest dissapointments in motion picture history.  They contributed to ruining the legacy of the oot.  Which started with the special edition trilogy in 1997.  All the way up to the 2004 botched boxset and the joke that was the 2006 gout.

I wish the 20th anniversary or 30th anniversary were about a true restoration of the original movies.  Too bad the negatives were destroyed to make the special editions.

 

I saw the real Return of the Jedi once in the theaters in 1985.  Since then i have never seen it on the big screen again or gotten the chance to see the 77 star wars or 1980 empire strikes back.  And probably never will since Lucas allegedly recalled all prints and had them destroyed.

I would pay good money to see a 70mm roadshow presentation of all three of the original films in 6 track magnetic sound.  Though only very few prints exist.  Star Wars being in the hands of a collector who showed it to his friends.

There are quite a few movies i would pay to see in  theaters and all of them are not modern films loaded with crap cgi.  I would love to see the original indiana jones trilogy, superman the movie, star treks 1-6, back to the future etc.  And certain James Bond films starring Connery.

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I was born in 2007, and I’ve always had an instinctive love for anything Star Wars, as the very first movie I ever saw was the '04 version of ANH via the Best Buy tin of GOUT DVDs. (I still have them, but they’re near unplayable now.) By the time I was 3, I had already seen the then complete saga. For some reason, ROTJ was always my favorite, and still is today, but I assure you, it’s not because it’s “the one with the Ewoks” like most of my family likes it for. I managed to be able to see every Disney-era SW in theaters multiple times, with the ST, each time seemed to take a layer of color away from the rose-colored glasses of the excitement of seeing a new Star Wars. I noticed new flaws and ultimately decided to try my best to ignore the Canon timeline and stick to Legends, which is what I grew up on.

I like the OT, PT, and Rouge One equally.

I’ve always had a sizeable collection of Star Wars toys and collectibles with the bulk of it being stuff from the '90s Power of the Forse and Power of the Jedi lines, purchased from places like 2nd and Charles.

So yeah.

I’m not really that much of a movie purist. I really should’ve thought my name out a bit more.

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I was 4 years old in 1977, so I don’t really remember a time before Star Wars. I feel fortunate that my earliest memories are from that time and to have grown up during that initial craze.

I was 7 when The Empire Strikes Back was released and the AT-AT battle on Hoth just blew me away. There was just something special about seeing those walkers in the snow. It fueled my imagination so much. I was 10 by the time of Return of the Jedi but still not old enough to go see Star Wars as many times as I wanted or buy all the Star Wars figures I wanted. My parents had no appreciation for Star Wars or movies at all really.

Then came The Phantom Menace. I was 26 in 1999, living on my own, and had considerable disposable income. The hype for this movie was incredible. I went to Toys R Us at midnight and bought a ton of stuff. I stood in line all day to buy tickets and saw it so many times. I was a little mixed on the movie itself, but to be able to participate in all the things I wasn’t old enough to do when I was a kid was special to me. One of my fondest Star Wars memories.

Fast forward to now and I’m cosplaying as a Jedi for The Force Awakens, seeing all the movies in a marathon at a theater in Disney, and going to Celebration. Wish I could single out one precise moment when I discovered Star Wars, like the original post asks, but my experience has been different. For me, Star Wars has always been there, I just wasn’t always able to participate in it the way I wanted. Those times are gone. I’m fully immersed now! MTFBWY!

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I would like to see new restoration prints someday of the OOT, but until then i have 4K77 and 4K83.

As for the prequels and the Disney movies if other people enjoy them who am i to deny them. I’ve at least mellowed some what on Phantom Menace. I’ve never really enjoyed Attack of the Clones though, and my liking for Revenge of the Sith has been at least cut in half since the last time i watched it.

Still would like to see Star Wars 77 and Empire 1980 on the big screen. Looks like its something i will never experience. Wonder if i’ll live long enough for episodes 10, 11 and 12 to happen.

Seeing Return of the Jedi in 1985 was a experience i’ve never come close to again, except for Return of the King in 2003.

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I had seen the trailer for Star Wars a couple of times and decided I wanted to watch it.
This would have been summer of 1977.
I went to the Victory Drive-In in North Hollywood. Foolishly, I took the hippie chick along with me, and we were both high.
As soon as the film began, I knew this movie would be terrific. Unfortunately, the hippie chick couldn’t care less about SciFi, let alone Star Wars. For her, the drive-in meant a different experience, and she ignored the fact that we were in an open top convertible.
Star Wars at the Victory was a distracted event, though I enjoyed enough scenes to watch again the following month.

This time, Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood. Again with the hippie chick, this time, no reefer.
Grauman’s screen size was vast, 90 feet wide or more. The theater also blasted stereo, though I don’t think surround.
We sat in the third or fourth row, dead center, immersed in the film, and deafened by the sound.
Pretty fabulous experience, one that’s stayed in my memory for decades.
Note: the hippie chick and I are still together.