30 years ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie. What's amazing isn't that people have remembered that 2007 is 30 years after the movies' 1977 debut, but rather that Star Wars has had the kind of cultural impact that makes people remember the exact date of the movie's release. Granted, scenes like the one at Grauman's Chinese Theater 30 Mays ago was virtually unseen -- and unheard of -- at the time, with people snaked around the block for hours waiting to watch what quickly became a cultural touchstone. And that's in addition to the revolutionary images projected on movie screens around the world wowing and dazzling audiences, indoctrinating a new generation of movie lovers and hopeful filmmakers, and creating a new class of, uhm, fan.

Happy Birthday, Star Wars. Here's to celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Phantom Menace in 2029! (Just as long as someone can remember the date of its release... I think it was May 18, 1999. Just a guess off the top of my head...)