Star Wars: 30th Anniversary

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Jimmy Carter was President, the cost of a new home was about $54,000; a gallon of gas, took just 62 cents out of your pocket, and movie-goers everywhere, were entering a world, far, far away.

It was 30 years ago this weekend that George Lucas introduced us to Star Wars.

The theme, the scenery, the costumes, the visual effects, all played in role in escorting millions to a galaxy far, far, away - if only for a few hours of unforgettable entertainment. In 1977, not even director George Lucas could have imagined the impact the Star Wars series, would have on the world. In fact, Lucas and his backers were down right scared.

At the time, science fiction movies were no longer popular, and producers were worried the film wouldn't make money. Star Wars opened in just 32 theaters to small crowds, shortly before schools closed for the summer break.

Fascinated teens, who had their imaginations challenged, spread the word about this new fantasy film. This week at a Los Angeles Convention, baby boomers returned to celebrate Luke, Han, and Princess Leah with their kids.

A new generation of fans, can now chat about six episodes, that include, "Attack of the Clones," "Revenge of the Sith,” "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and of course "Return of the Jedi."

Over the past thirty years, Star Wars took in more than $4 billion internationally, and more than three times that in merchandising. And now with the internet at their fingertips, Hollywood producers are now allowing anyone with a computer to manipulate several scenes - to include themselves.

Tad Dunbar, KOLO 8 News