Well, I begged and begged for it and finally on February 12, 1979 (my 9th
birthday) I got my Death Star Space Station. My best friend Matt gave me
the R5-D4 and Death Star Droid figures and my parents also gave me the Star
Wars bed sheets shown underneath the figures. I wore the heck out of those
sheets and they faded quite a bit since that photo. I only replaced them
when my mom bought me a new set of Star Wars sheets - for Christmas 1997. I
kid you not. Yes, I still sleep on that same twin-size bed, however that
snazzy shirt is long gone.
Tuesday, October 17
Friday, November 3
In third grade I went to a new school where the workload was a little
tougher. Hence, my diary was but one of the daily chores I had to endure as
an 8 year old kid. I'm glad now that I did it (and moreso that it survived)
because it gives me a glimpse at the world of Star Wars through the eyes of
an excited kid before his hardcore collecting days began. My mom always
told me that I was blown away when I first Star Wars although I don't
It's really strange, but of the 7 Star Wars related photos I managed to dig
up, 4 of them work in very tightly with the diary entries. We did daily
entries but these are the only ones that pertained to Star Wars. Of course
this diary was actually a Star Wars spiral notebook, but the cover is long
gone now. The back cover still has the Star Wars logo on it though.
Tuesday, November 28
Tuesday, January 2
That Sears Cantina Adventure Set was something I had to have, as you can
see. I remeber looking at the stack of them quite frequently when we would
go to the mall. I'm not positive, but I think I wanted it so bad because
that was the first availability of those particular figures. Why did I draw
Snaggletooth tall and red? I surely can't figure that one out...
Friday, November 17
I flipped when I found that entry about it being "a Star Wars Holiday".
This, of course, referred to the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special" that
would air on TV for the first and only time that very night. My dad had
other plans (unbeknownst to me at the time) and decided that his animal show
was more important than my Star Wars special. I barely caught a glimpse
here and there of Chewbacca's family (during his commercials) and heard
about most of it the next day from my classmates whose fathers evidently
didn't watch animal shows. I finally saw the Holiday Special a mere 14
years later for the first time and let me tell you, it was a piece of junk.
I think I would have enjoyed it much more as a naive 8 year old.
Monday, October 23
Tuesday, October 31
My first Star Wars Halloween was in 1978 when I went as Darth Vader. I was
pretty excited about it as you can read in my diary. Like a Jedi, I even
constructed my own lightsaber, however in the photo I'm using it more like
walking stick I guess. That's my brother, Tommy, as the well-scary
skeleton. He was 4 years old at the time and I remember helping make that
mask for him. I don't know why my mom couldn't splurge on a real mask. The
other photo of us from 1980 or 1981 (without our masks) when we went to a
Halloween carnival at my cousin's school. I remember that it was called
"Monster Mash" and there was a Dagobah set-up there. It was complete with a
live Yoda who I later found out was a guy of Kenny Baker stature that worked
at the local fire station.
Nowadays it's all but a fond memory. And my involvement with Star Wars
collecting is infinitely more involved than I could have ever imagined it to
be. The kid got bigger, the collection grew proportionally and I still get
excited over old Star Wars stuff. Just what happend to me?