– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We all have Star Wars memories. We all do.

Today is the 35th anniversary of a little known George Lucas film “Star Wars: A New Hope” that first released in theaters.

The movie grossed over $307 million domestically in 1977 and began the Star Wars mania that lasts from generation to generation.

“Star Wars” was re-released in 1982 to earn another $15 million and then re-released in a special edition for $138 million.

The total gross for “Star Wars” is now over $460 million making it as the sixth all-time on the domestic box office gross.

The success of “Stars Wars” spawned two more sequels, and three more prequel movies. It even launched toy lines, book series, cartoon shows and an upcoming live-action television show that we are eagerly waiting.

My first memory of “Star Wars” cannot be the theater experience since I was two years old at the time. But, for some unknown reason, my childhood memory of “Star Wars” was the scene with Darth Vader walking into hallway of the Alderaan Cruiser. Vader’s heavy breathing and tall imposing dark armored figure created an everlasting memory in my childhood.

And I definitely became a Star Wars fan.

I lost count on how much money I contributed to George Lucas’ billion dollar empire. I bought every toy, book, video game and every released movie edition on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray (okay, maybe not every toy, book and video game).

And the pinnacle of my Star Wars experience was to work as a line supervisor for Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles in 2007. I got to meet several Star Wars celebrities and even meeting director J.J. Abrams for the first time as he was simply a fan attendee at that convention. And at that convention, I realized countless fans are more fanatical than I am.

As I grow older, my priorities have changed. I don’t follow every cartoon episode, novel and purchase every toy. And yes, I missed watching “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” re-release in 3D this year. Maybe I should be ashamed of myself.

But, Star Wars has a very important place in my memory and my life. So I’m asking you to let us know on your favorite and earliest Star Wars memory. Sound off below.

Happy Birthday, Star Wars!

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.