May 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM ET
Where were you 35 years ago today? Wherever you were, just about now you were probably starting to hear stirrings about a certain movie that was zooming into theaters and about to change everything.
"Star Wars" hit theaters for the very first time 35 years ago today, on May 25, 1977.
When that day dawned, not only did we have no idea who Luke and Leia were, but we hadn't heard of Admiral "It's a TRAP!" Ackbar, no one cared whether or not Greedo shot first, and thankfully, weesa no hearda of Jar Jar Binks.
Maybe you weren't among those first to discover the film and see it early. But if you went near a movie theater at all that May and June, you probably saw the lines winding around your local multiplex, and very soon you likely wanted to know what was going on in a galaxy far, far away.
If you were a kid, "Star Wars" merchandise soon filled your room, and your school. Action figures, pajamas, wastebaskets, bedsheets -- nothing existed that George Lucas couldn't put a Wookiee face on.
So here's to you, "Star Wars," and your whole crazy, celestial community. Today, we'll even forgive you for the prequels.
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