Our letters reflecting pop culture: May the Fourth be With You !

In looking at today’s twitter stream it has been lit up everywhere including the American Philatelic Society  (Twitter @APS_stamps) with photo of  Star Wars Yoda 41 cent U.S. Stamp as part of:

Celebrating #StarWarsDay – May 4th – May the Force be with you!

This got me to thinking do we pause and take the time to reflect our Pop Culture from time to time in our letters to friends and/or family members?

The Star Wars movies have such a history for many of us who were in college when the first movie came out, and for others who ‘grew up with it’ seeing it first as children and for some now have their own children.

There was a movie trailer today I saw promoting Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens at the end with Hans Solo telling Chewbaca, “Chewie, We’re Home!” with a now-aged Harrison Ford and hard-to-tell if Chewbaca has aged given all his fur.    The movie is to be released on December 18 Worldwide.

The Mirror had a great article on Star Wars Day Recap of what fans did to celebrate.

To see some actual stamps from celebrating 30th Anniversary Premiere of “Star Wars” Movie Issue there was a link to this 41cent stamp of Chewbacca and Han Solo single (2007).

And in today’s USA Today they ran a Special on “Chewie, we’re home: Star Wars Weekends return to Disney World“.

It was interesting to note that the Google Doodle was not on Star Wars, but rather showcased the inventor of the piano Bartolomeo Cristofori’s 360th Birthday.

On CNN there was a story to why May 4th for the date -‘Star Wars Day’: What to do on May 4 (and why) and it shared: “As legend has it, and according to the origin story recognized by Lucasfilm, the phrase was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as UK prime minister. The Conservative party allegedly placed an ad in the London Evening News which read, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

The prize in my opinion went to Lego who showed a 57 second video of time elapsed sequence of a Giant Millennium Falcon being built in Australia measuring 16 feet across and built with around 250,000 Lego bricks.  It took them two days to build and was referenced as the largest Lego Millennium Falcon model the world has ever seen.  The Telegraph followed up the Lego article with Star Wars: the first six films in pictures.

To now come back full circle with movie Episode VII with the original cast members returning years later older, as we all are, makes for a special anticipated movie!

I know this week I’m going to print off this blog post and include it with a photo of me from college to my old college roommate knowing she will smile seeing the photo of me she took from having the hairdresser do my hair up with two side buns and a lattice of my hair braided and woven across the front of my forehead, yes, sans Princess Leia to wear to a scholarship banquet I was being recognized along with other recipients.   It was a great idea at the time!

The Call to Action this week – You are encouraged to write a letter this week to someone who ‘was there’ with you to recall YOUR own Star Wars related story – maybe it was for waiting for movie tickets in line, or wearing a costume for Halloween, the action part is to actually write your story down and send in a letter to them!

The possibilities are endless and worth pausing to celebrate – May the Fourth be with You!

Anchors Aweigh,  




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