May the 4th be with you

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If you don’t get that reference, you need to see yourself right on out of this article.

Star Wars first screened in 1977 and was almost instantly world famous. Even today, 40 years later, Star Wars is one of the most successful films ever.

May the Fourth is Star Wars Day, and Bellwood-Antis students should come equipped. Come to school with your best Star Wars gear and you can be a part of a special BluePrint photo shoot. We’renot encouraging you to come dressed like Chewy all day. This isn’t a sci-fi convention. But a group picture of the followers of the Force (and even Sith Lords) would be nice.

Star Wars changed how we view science fiction forever. Directors like Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), J.J. Abrams (Star Trek: Into Darkness), and James Cameron (Avatar) mold most of their movies after Star Wars. But this isn’t just a case in movies alone, even the Presidents have been known to use Star Wars in their political campaigns.

Don’t believe me?

President Obama said, and I quote, “I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow, you know, do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.” Here’s an article in case you don’t believe me. (click here)

And he’s not the only one. Back in the 80’s, President Ronald Reagan announced the program “Star Wars”. But what, exactly, is Star Wars? It’s a Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) that uses both ground and space systems to protect the US from nuclear attacks.

But how did the saying “May the Fourth be with you” actually come about? Well, first off it’s catchy. The saying was used by a UK political party to congratulate Margaret Thatcher on her election on May 4th all the way back in 1979.

How do you celebrate this day? Well, it’s simple. Watch the movies, dress up as Obi Wan Kenobi, talk like Yoda all day, and take “Vadering” pictures with friends and family.