In my humble opinion

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

By JONATHAN CHARLES FOX
Posted 9/15/21

Okay, so it wasn’t that long ago, 13 days to be precise. And I don’t think I can call 30 miles an intergalactic trip, but my annual trek to the Pine Bush UFO Fair is always out of this …

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In my humble opinion

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

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Okay, so it wasn’t that long ago, 13 days to be precise. And I don’t think I can call 30 miles an intergalactic trip, but my annual trek to the Pine Bush UFO Fair is always out of this world. By the time you read this, the Stormtroopers* will have fled the planet, the Miss Galaxy pageant will have crowned a winner, and Vader has left the building.

The reason for reporting on all of this after the fact is simple: I’m not really here. I mean, I’ve already taken off for vacation—no, I’m home again—but I wasn’t in Sullivan County when this edition of the paper went to press, so technically I’m just about to start packing for a trip I’ve already returned from (wait, what?) and I’m anxious to get started, so am planning to write as few words as possible (how’s that working out so far?) and just let the pictures do the talking. To see the rest of the photos, “like” us on Facebook and check out the photo galleries at www.riverreporter.com.  

Fun Fact: Each “Star Wars” film opens with the static blue text, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. ,” followed by the “Star Wars” logo shrinking in front of a field of stars, as if moving away from the viewer. Initially, the logo’s extremities are beyond the edge of the frame. While the logo is retreating, the “crawl” text begins, starting with the film’s episode number and subtitle (with the exception of the original release of “Star Wars”), and followed by a three-paragraph prologue to the film. The text scrolls up and away from the bottom of the screen towards a vanishing point above the top of the frame in a perspective projection. Each version of the opening crawl ends with a four-dot ellipsis, except for “Return of the Jedi,” which has a three-dot ellipsis. When the text has nearly reached the vanishing point, it fades out, the camera tilts down (or, in the case of “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” up) and the film begins. (Wikipedia)

*The following was posted by u/epicjeff on Reddit in 2016:  

 Question: “Does anyone know why ‘Stormtrooper’ is one word but any other kind of trooper is two words?”

 Answer: “That’s probably kind of a random question, but I’ve always found it odd that for pretty much any kind of trooper in ‘Star Wars’ that you come across, it’s two words, but ‘Stormtrooper’ is one word. Some people may vary on whether a particular type is spelled with one word or two, but if you look at the databank on StarWars.com and look up pretty much any kind of trooper they will spell it as two words… except for ‘Stormtrooper.’”

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