May 14, 2013 - Happy Birthday, George Lucas

Man! We just had Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), and Geek Pride Day, which celebrates the first Star Wars movie's first release in 1977, is almost upon us—do we really want to celebrate George Lucas (the director / producer / writer of Star Wars) this month, too???

Lucas made a couple of generations
of kids aware of just how cool
archeology can be...

Not to mention fedoras!
Well, we could celebrate the George Lucas who is the director / producer / writer of the Indiana Jones movies. (Same guy, I know!)

At any rate, a long time ago (on this date in 1944), in a place far, far away (Modesto, California—which to tell you the truth isn't so very far from where I live), George Lucas was born.

He showed an early passion for—are you thinking movies? Space? Archeology?

No to all three.

Lucas loved cars and car racing. He spent most of his high school years hanging out at garages and racing cars, and he wanted to race cars professionally. In 1962, when he'd just turned 18, he got in a bad accident at a car race and nearly died.

Luckily for him, and for all of us, Lucas didn't die. Instead, he went to college and also started filming things with an 8 mm camera. About a decade later he made American Graffiti, a really good film with a surprisingly low budge—and, yes, it involves his hometown of Modesto, and yes, it involves a lot of car action, as the movie focuses on teenagers “cruising” one particular night away. Then, of course, it was Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark and...

The rest, as they say, is history!

Plan Ahead...
Check out my Pinterest boards of May holidays, historical events in May, and May birthdays.

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