In a Galaxy far, far away... actually it was in Canada, in June 1977 that I first heard about Star Wars. I was at a drive-in movie with a friend, watching a late-night horror double-bill of David Cronenberg's Rabid and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Between the films came a trailer for something that immediately caught our attention, in fact we were so impressed that we decided to seek it out and go see it the next day. Star Wars was ground-breaking for the time and was even more impressive with no background knowledge or hype to affect our expectations. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see it again, but on my return to London had to wait a whole six months until Christmas. It seems incredible that the gap between film releases in the US and UK was so vast in those days, but that's the way it was. Here's the original flyer that I grabbed from the cinema in Hamilton, Ontario at the time.
Cut to three years later and I was given an invitation to the Special Preview of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Some of the actors were there and I met a couple of them afterwards, including Mark Hamill who also introduced me to his brother, plus C3PO himself, Anthony Daniels. Here are their autographs. I've been searching for these for years and woke up this morning, remembering exactly where I'd put them.
And here's the cover of the programme itself. Probably worth keeping.