Star Wars turns 40 next year. If that doesn’t make you feel old, you’re probably way too young to remember the original theatrical release. Those of us who were around at the time remember all the merchandising and tie-ins that came with the Star Wars juggernaut. The once-broadcast “Star Wars Holiday Special” was certainly a low point, but fortunately has no recitation of “The Night Before Christmas.” There was an album released in 1980 called Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, which featured C-3PO and R2-D2 doing Christmas songs and stories. This same album also featured the first professional recording of Jon Bon Jovi (credited as Jon Bongiovi) on the song “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” But enough trivia, let’s get on with the Merry!
EDIT: Wishing Carrie Fisher a speedy recovery from her cardiac episode.
Star Wars – “A Christmas Sighting (‘Twas The Night Before Christmas)”
I’ve got a few odds and ends to share from this past weekend.
Just in case you haven’t heard, Whitney Houston has died, a sad but sadly unsurprising event. Considering her drug usage in recent years, it was only a matter of time. Rest in peace, Whitney.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was re-released in a 3-D edition, and overall the experience wasn’t too bad. Most of the time, I could tell which objects were in front of or behind other objects. However, there were some parts where I wondered if they had forgotten to apply 3-D rendering (as it was originally filmed in 2-D). It seemed to happen where there were scenes with a large number of characters or objects. Aside from a new, digital Yoda, I didn’t notice any other major changes to the movie. Jar-Jar is still there. Whatever feelings you had about Phantom Menace when it first came out probably won’t be any different now. I know most people are waiting for Episode IV to be re-released in 2015.
Last, but not least, I gave the Long Island Radio Dial a bit of a facelift. It has a cleaner appearance and seems to match my blog theme better. I’ve also been poking through the radio station entries in Wikipedia, and noticing how some of them need updates. I started making updates to the WEHM article, and may update others as time permits. Feel free to join me in my efforts.