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You will never guess what happened guys.

I emailed my local newspaper asking them if it would be possible to do an article on the website. About an hour later i got a phone call from them asking ME to write the article.

So starting tonight I am to write a 500-900 word article explaining the situation, why it is bad, what the petition is to accomplish and why my community should support it?

Isn't that great?
Jay I would appreciate your help on this... due to the fact it is your website and your in charge of it. If you don't mind helping me.


let me know k?
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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bitchin' man. Can we get copies when all is said and done?
"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia'."
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Kevin A
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Oh for sure man!!!
I'll scan it and send it to all who wants one...
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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Good luck, Luke! May the Force be with ya (and with the editor of that newspaper, too)!
I saw the original theatrical release of the Old Trilogy on the big screen and I'm proud of it...
How did I accomplish that (considering my age) is my secret...
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Dude, this is awesome. Let me know if there's anything you need. I'm more than happy to help.
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Okay Jay some things you can do to help is give me some things I can mention. I would like to expand one your idea of the letter to Mr. Lucas which you have posted on the signing page. Also if I could get some quotes from you. And if it's not a problem maybe a little bit of personal info... ie. age, occupation, where you live etc. just basics so I can tell them who the creator of the site is.

I would greatly appreciate anything you could do to further me on this article.. remember I have 500 - 900 words to write... and then a couple pictures which they will insert.

Thanx again
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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Okay Jay i got some specifics for you.

I need to know when originaltrilogy.com went live?
Why you decided to create it?
and I want to quote your feelings on the decision.. I'm not sure how much of this will get in but it sounds pretty good so far...

Also if you could tell me what you do for a living and where your from. That's all i need to know.
thanx tons....
If you would rather email this info to me feel free to.
My email address is under my info...

thanx again
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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Luke, out of curiosity, what is your local paper? Let us know if they have a website and what the URL is, because it would be cool if we could link to the article off this site somewhere and Jay could even use a link to the article as a reference in e-mails that he sends for support and whatnot. We can put buttons and banners on webpages, but these still don't hold water against the power of print support. Still something so much more credible about seeing this sort of thing in print.
"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia'."
--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), The Princess Bride
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Hey good idea Bossk!!

The paper is called The Hamilton Spectator

and here's a link to their homepage.

The Hamilton Spectator
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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weeeeeeeeha... rock on luke!!!!!
everyone already said what is to be said... so i just fill in the blanks with the stupid stuff noone wants to say.
"The ability to speak does not make you intelligent."
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LOL!
thanx motti...
I will post the article probably on Wednesday before I send it...
therefore you can see what I said and then what the possibly changed around....

Also Bossk I MIGHT quote you on one of your posts that is in the "revisionist cinema thread" if you don't mind. If you don't want me to please let me know.

Thanx for the support guys!
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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Oh yeah and Jay I was wondering what you would want the article to be called if they let me pick a title... I was thinking "Greedo shoots first" mainly due to the fact that it's almost the slogan of the site... but if you have a better idea please let me know...
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Originally posted by: Luke Skywalker
Also Bossk I MIGHT quote you on one of your posts that is in the "revisionist cinema thread" if you don't mind. If you don't want me to please let me know.


Which one? No, I don't mind so long as I don't sound like my normal horse's ass self. No, wait, that would rule out every single thing I've ever said. Ah, go ahead and use the quote. I'd just like to know which one it is.
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Originally posted by: Luke Skywalker
Oh yeah and Jay I was wondering what you would want the article to be called if they let me pick a title... I was thinking "Greedo shoots first" mainly due to the fact that it's almost the slogan of the site... but if you have a better idea please let me know...


I don't have a problem with that title, but will the audience reading the article even know who Greedo is?
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Well, you could always employ a subtitle on the article. Many newspapers use this method if the headline isn't descriptive enough. Call it something like...

Greedo Shoots First
Fans push Lucasfilm for Original Star Wars Trilogy release on DVD

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Greedo Shoots First
Website pushes Lucasfilm to release Original Star Wars trilogy on DVD
"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia'."
--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), The Princess Bride
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Okay well bossk your quote is the following...
on the first page of the revionist cinema thread you say something about if it weren't for us fans he wouldn't have the money to make revisiting his movies possible... that's the one I wanna use... i'm not saying it will be in there but i would like it to be... 900 word limit is not as much as i thought now...

And I love your subtitle idea... if I am allowed to do that then I'll use the "fans push"
but if they don't let me do that Jay is right.. people probably wont know who the hell greedo is..
haha

so help me out here guys... any ideas for possible titles..
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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Go ahead and use the quote, Luke. It's all for a good cause. As for headlines...

Fans push (or Website pushes) Star Wars director for DVDs
Fans react (or Website reacts) to Star Wars director plans
Fans petition (or Website petitions) for original Star Wars movies on DVD
Star Wars DVDs are the goal of fans (or website)

Hope these help somewhat.

I'm intentionally avoiding using the name George Lucas because there are still some people who don't know who he is. However, everybody who has been alive at some point in the last 20 years and not comatose knows what Star Wars is.
"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia'."
--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), The Princess Bride
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exactly!
thanx for the ideas Bossk...
We'll have to see tomorrow what they let me put in the paper...

man I'm so excited!!
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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This is so cool Luke! I hope they post the article on their website. Nice work going to the paper yourself; we all need to be doing stuff like this.

Princess Leia: I happen to like nice men.
Han Solo: I'm a nice man.

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If everyone could do something like this we'd have tons of people backing us up...
I mean this paper is delieved in Stoney Creek, Dundas, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton (obvioiusly)...

and the smallest city is Stoney Creek with a population of about 50,000...
just imagine the amounts of people this will reach...

Well tomorrow is the big day so I must continue to edit..
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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Well Ladies and Gentlemen the article is finished and will be sent to the newspaper editor tomorrow...
not sure how much of this will make it in but this is the original.. oh and sorry I couldn't fit your quote Bossk, the limit was 900 words



“Greedo shoots first”
Website pushes Lucasfilm to release Original Star Wars trilogy on DVD

For over 20 years now children and adults alike have been marveled by one of history’s most exhilarating, groundbreaking and memorable movie trilogies in existence. After numerous awards, record breaking box office sales and a prominent place in pop culture, the original Star Wars trilogy may just become a memory to us if creator George Lucas gets his way.

George Lucas, the creator of the phenomenally successful Star Wars saga and owner of Lucasfilm, celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Star Wars in 1997 with updating each film of the Trilogy to bring it closer to his original vision. The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition was released theatrically worldwide with digitally re-mastered soundtracks, restored prints, enhanced visual effects and newly added footage.

Just recently Mr. Lucas has stated that the original versions of the classic Star Wars Trilogy would not be released to DVD at any time in the future. Replacing those films would be his “original vision”, The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.

In the August 2002 edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine, Mr. Lucas is quoted as saying, "I think of the film as The Special Edition. I don't think of it as the early version, any more than I would put early rough cuts on. I could put four or five rough cuts onto the thing and say, 'This is how it advanced.' I consider The Special Edition as being the final version at this point. I don't even worry about the other ones, because it went through a lot of incarnations to get to the final stage." He recently reiterated this position in comments made during the American Cinematheque tribute to ILM and Skywalker Sound in Hollywood.

This decision has outraged fans from all over the world. Not only would this prevent anyone from preserving this piece of cinematic history on the medium of DVD but it would also throw away all the time and hard work people put into these films. Preserving the award-winning work of the many artisans, sound technicians, craftsmen, and special effects artists is to do justice to their priceless contributions.

Not releasing these movies in their original form is to re-write history. These movies paved the way for today’s filmmakers and special effects artists.

There’s no problem with directors or artists revisiting their work in hopes of improving it, but to destroy the original piece of art afterwards makes no sense. It’s like Leonardo da Vinci repainting the Mona Lisa, and then throwing the original away. How is there any logic in that?

However movie fans are not going to let this happen. Star Wars and movie fanatics from all over the world have rallied together on an internet site to protest and petition this shocking decision in hopes of Mr. Lucas reconsidering his action.

The site originaltrilogy.com created by Jason Sylvester, a Web Producer from Bangor, Pennsylvania, was launched on March 10, 2003 and has since been receiving great response. “I created the site because I love film, both past and present, and I didn't want to see some of my favourite films of all time fade away into obscurity. Star Wars should be preserved in its original form so future generations can experience it as we all have. Many people say online petitions have zero effect, but I'd rather know that I did all I could to gather fans and let their voices be heard.” Jason says.

He continues, “I'm obviously not happy that George Lucas has decided to offer only finalized Special Editions of Star Wars on DVD. I hope Mr. Lucas understands that we're not a bunch of rabid fan boys trying to push him around. We're just trying to get him to understand that Star Wars is film history, and it should be preserved--not in a vault somewhere, but in a public format that the fans can enjoy.”

Currently originaltrilogy.com has 25 major websites who have also joined with them in their fight to preserve a piece of cinematic history as well as approximately 30,000 individuals. The site also offers a spectacular forum which is a great place to converse with other Star Wars fans as well as film enthusiasts.

It would be great if people from Hamilton would help out with such a cause because I know we come from a city which believes in bringing about change. I am proud when I see the name of my city up on the petition. It shows that Hamilton is full of believers and people who want to make a difference. I remember the line ups at Cineplex Odeon theatres at Center Mall when the Special Editions were released. People waited outside in the pouring rain on opening day, many of them to find out that the show they wanted tickets for was sold out. But they did not pack up and leave when they heard this news. They sat there in line, soaking wet to assure they got tickets for a movie which was more than just 2 hours of spaceships and popcorn; it was a trip back to their childhood when they were wide eyed children staring up at their heroes on screen. These were more than just movies. They gave us reasons to dream.

Lucasfilm is aware of the petition so we welcome and appreciate the help and support of every signature we receive. Please join our fight to preserve a piece of motion picture history.

(visit www.originaltrilogy.com)
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."
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nice...
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Good article. Especially liked the "spectacular forum" bit. I was waiting for the music and the lights and fireworks to kick in on that comment.

Is this going to appear as a regular article in the body of the paper or is this going to show up in the OpEd section?
"You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia'."
--Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), The Princess Bride
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Neat article here, Luke. Really.
I saw the original theatrical release of the Old Trilogy on the big screen and I'm proud of it...
How did I accomplish that (considering my age) is my secret...
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What's OpEd section?

My article is goin to appear in a section called "The Magazine" exclusive to only Saturday's paper. In this section they have movies times, TV guide listings, entertainment section... stuff like that. And usually they have an article that has to do with our city so it gets a lot of viewing this section...

Thank you all for your kind words.
"Never. I'll never turn to the darkside. You've failed your highness. I am a jedi, like my father before me."