I’ve wanted to say thank you for years. Star Wars effects my life every day in small, and sometimes large, ways. Without you, I would not be who I am today. I’ve written about it a lot, but sometimes I think people tend to forget the man behind it all. Well, not really forget, we could never forget.
It’s just that we get so wrapped up in the mythology, the worlds and stories that Star Wars has created. We are constantly blown away by this amazing sandbox you allow us to play in. We get so deep in the trenches that Star Wars becomes real to us. I think we know deep down that it’s only a movie but we forget because Star Wars transverse many different levels of our lives.
Forty years ago, you probably did not yet realize what a sensation Star Wars would become. Even after it broke box office records, did you think it was a fad? Did you think the obsession of the public would eventually wane? Or did you know you had struck gold? I wish, so badly, I could interview you and dig your mind on what the summer was like 40 years ago.
Before this gets long winded, I wanted you to know that I haven’t forgotten that you are the man behind it all. That you are the one who gave us this sandbox, filled it with sand, and then let us have fun within your creation. Thank you for being flexible about that.
I know you tried your best when you gave Star Wars over to Disney, and for that – I’ll follow your lead and trust you as much as possible. They’re doing an okay job (okay, a pretty good job), but they’re not you. They could never be you. There’s only one you – the person whom we love for giving so many of us a reason to be better people.
May the Force be with you. Always.