Tomorrow is known as Star Wars Day, may the 4th be with you, and I as I also say, also with you. I just learned that the correct response when someone says may the fourth be with you, the correct response is, with your spirit.

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Artur Matkovskyy

May 4th marks a celebration of all things Star Wars because of the line from the movie, "may the force be with you." Have you ever wondered, who started the saying or where did it come from? According to Star Wars, here is the history behind it:

English-speaking audiences in the United Kingdom were familiar with it as well. It was on May 4, 1979, that the first known instance of “May the 4th Be With You” being used to mark the earlier date took place. Britain’s new prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, happened to assume office that day, and another clever newspaper writer for TheLondon Evening News declared in a full-page ad: “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations!” (Coincidentally, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was in production at nearby Elstree Studios at the same time, and issues of the Evening News could have appeared in Lucasfilm’s offices.)

Another lesser-known instance came from within Lucasfilm in 1982. Randy Thom, who today is the director of sound design at Skywalker Sound and has been with the company for over 40 years, worked as a location sound recordist on Revenge of the Jedi (its title, of course, was later changed, and at the time of production it was known under the codename Blue Harvest).

Thom joined the production unit in northern California as they shot in the redwood forest doubling for the moon of Endor. May 4, 1982, happened to be a working day, and Thom recalled thinking of the pun on his own when contemplating the date. He shared it with others on the set, and would continue to write an annual message to the company declaring “May the 4th Be With You” for years to come.

Coming up tomorrow at Cenntiniel Park in downtown Midland, you don't want to miss the May 4th Be With You Saber Battle. It happens Wednesday night starting at 8 pm

Be you Jedi, Sith or somewhere in between, don your best Star Wars garb and saber up! Saber Battle at Centennial Park in Midland from 8 pm till whenever. Midland AF


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