By: Katelyn Kohane
Today is Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you.
When I sat down to write this article, I was curious as to where the saying came from and how it got started. While doing my initial research, all signs pointed to Margaret Thatcher being the first to say it. The day she found out that she had become Prime Minister she said, “May the Fourth be with you,” in celebration of her victory. Star Wars fans immediately fell in love with the saying and henceforth it became known as Star Wars Day.
While “May the Fourth be with you” seems like an interesting, but random, Star Wars tidbit in the month of May, it’s actually just the icing on the cake. Most of the movies were released in May and George Lucas’ birthday also happens to fall in the month of May. It’s like it was all planned out a long, long time ago…
The relationship between Star Wars and the month of May continues from the silver screen to Star Tours at Walt Disney World. Star Tours is a Star Wars simulator at the Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Every weekend throughout May is dedicated as “Star Wars Weekends.”
I actually worked on the ride for many years and my vast Star Wars knowledge came in handy when working there. During my time there I made many great friends and enjoyed being a part of Star Wars Weekends! They were so fun. I would camp in line with friends to meet the celebrities that would come and hold talk shows, walk in parades, and sign autographs.
This year, to celebrate Star Wars Day in all its glory, I will certainly wear a Star Wars shirt. Hopefully, if I’m not too busy, I will carve out some time to watch a Star Wars movie. So to all the Star Wars fans out there… May the Fourth be with you!
Katie works in the film industry as a camera operator and has worked on films like ‘All You Can Dream’, ‘Set Up’ and a TV show called ‘American Fallen Soldier.’ She loves helping WKTV with the Citizen Journalism team and working as a tech at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Katie loves working in the film industry and loves watching movies just as much!