Twenty eight years ago I saw Star Wars at a theater in downtown Tacoma. I was blown away by how cool, exciting and fun it was. For the first time someone got a sci-fi movie right. I ended up seeing it 13 more times in the theater - and a few zillion more on VHS and DVD. And then the Empire Strikes Back came along and I managed to only see it once the year it came out. By the time Return of the Jedi premiered I was obsessed and had to take the afternoon off of work to be in line for the first showing.
Six years ago (as a 44 year old) I slept in line overnight to get tickets to the first showing of the Phantom Menace. When Attack of the Clones came out, my oldest son, Jake, got our tickets and skipped school to stake a claim in line for the first show. This year it's time for my youngest son, Jeremy, to spend the day in line for the 12:05 AM showing of Revenge of the Sith. With any luck, Jake is even coming home from college for the day to go with us. My wife and daughter - well apparently they have more sense than we do - they'll be sleeping . . .