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Return of the Jedi turns 30; Geek Pride Day 2013

by Matthew Price Published: May 25, 2013

 

The final film in the original Star Wars trilogy, “Return of the Jedi,” opened on this day in 1983.   The 2015 “Star Wars” sequel is expected to be set some time following the events of this film.

The original “Star Wars” opened on May 25, 1977, and for this and other reasons, some celebrate May 25 as “Geek Pride Day.”   May 25 is also “Towel Day” in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and an important date in the “Discworld” books.

“Return of the Jedi” was going to be called “Revenge of the Jedi” until fairly late in the process.  (The above trailer uses the “Revenge” name.)  The name was changed, reportedly, after some fans pointed out revenge shouldn’t be a motivator for the Jedi.

Marvel Comics published an adaptation comic back in 1983 by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson.

 

Back in the day before VHS and DVD copies of your favorite movies, this was the only way to re-experience the film.  I owned a set of these and read and re-read them.

Geeks and nerds, enjoy your day, and if you pop in your “Return of the Jedi” Blu-ray in celebration, take a second to reflect on how far we’ve come in the past 30 years!

 

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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