Lots of talk on the most recent FC and fandom in general about Episode 1, now that it is 10 years old. Also, there is that little movie that you might have heard something about, Fanboys, that brings us back in time to those days leading up to May, 1999.
Where were you in 1999? Did you wait in line? Has your opinion of TPM or it's characters changed over the years? Now that the saga is complete, do you see TPM in a different light?
I remember waiting in line for tickets. I think it was really my first introduction to the massive SW community, at least in person and not online. A week before the film opened, I went down to my local theater to get tickets. I thought I'd be showing up early about 9:00 am to get tickets. Little did I realize that there was a line of people there, some camped out over night, stretching back along the length of the 16 screen theater. But, it was great fun just waiting in the line there, talking SW with complete strangers. Everyone was laughing, joking, just having a great time. It's really an experience that wasn't duplicated until CIV.
I do have a more personal story connected to TPM as well. This was to be the first date with my wife. We went to the 11:00 am showing and then came back later for the 7:00 showing where my brother and his future wife joined us. It was really just a great day, and I was as giddy as a school boy the whole day. That actually is the reasoning behind my TK # when I joined the 501st. 5-99, May, 1999.