It’s been 38 years since the original Star Wars movie was released in theaters, so I’m fully aware that many of you probably weren’t even born yet. As for me, I was 20 years old and enrolled at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on the north shore of Long Island.

It was the summer after my senior year and I still needed one more semester to graduate so I hung around school and partied straight through to September. Some friends heard about this amazing sci-fi movie so we dropped acid and went to see it. Hey, don’t judge me. There’s a time and a place for everything, and it’s called college.

The experience was indescribable, but I’ll give it a try. When Imperial troops took control of Princess Leia’s rebel ship and Darth Vader held the rebel leader up by his neck, snapped it, and tossed him to the wall like a rag doll, I sort of freaked out and nearly had a panic attack.

And when Luke Skywalker discovered his parents had been murdered and he just stood there in the dessert, watching the sun set (maybe there were two suns, I can’t remember) with that tragic look in his eyes while that incredible music rose to a crescendo, I nearly burst into tears.

The cantina scene, on the other hand, was just plain weird. Definitely a low point. But once we met the galaxy’s first swashbuckling cowboy, Han Solo, and his faithful dog … I mean Wookie, Chewy, all was forgiven. I’d always dreamed that my dog could talk. How cool was that, huh?

Near the end, when Luke blew up the Death Star, it felt like I was the young hero who saved the galaxy. And when Princess Leia hung medals on everyone’s necks, I totally fell head-over-heels in love with Carrie Fisher. Then it ended and the whole theater erupted in cheers and applause. What a trip.

I’ve seen that movie and all the other Star Wars films countless times since but it was never like that again, that’s for sure.

Look, I know that sounds like some sort of tribute to hallucinogenic drugs, but it’s not. It’s just a story of how I lost my Star Wars virginity. No more, no less. Growing up in the 60s and 70s was definitely an eye-opening experience, and I am better for it, but only because I somehow managed to survive it. Barely.

If any kids happen to read this, I’m going to channel Mr. Mackey, the South Park school counselor, and say, “You shouldn’t do drugs. Drugs are bad, m’kay?” There you go.

So spill it: Where were you when you lost your Star Wars virginity? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Frik

    I was 10 years old, and you can imagine what effect it had on my young mind.

    • Steve Tobak

      Curious which character you most identified with. For me it was young Skywalker, but I definitely wanted to be Han Solo … the pull of the talking furry Wookie was just too hard to resist.

  • Pinay Cupid

    I was 16. My best buddy (and still my best friend today) stood in line for two days. The pizza companies quickly realized they could sell a lot of pizza’s by just showing up with large pizza’s boxed up and ready for anyone who had $10 bucks in their pocket, and I dropped a dime in a nearby payphone to call my Mom and have her bring us some money for food. There were no cell phones or iPads, and certainly no Internet…so we had no idea what we were about to witness, but we knew it was huge. We just stood in line, talked with everyone around us for hours and hours, slept on the floor when we were tired and waited. Most young people have no clue that Star Wars was a technological wonder. Prior to its release, there was no 35MM screens and certainly no THX. Star Wars changed the cinematic game, and Hollywood, CGI, and the way we watch and listen to films forever. The movie left us completely speechless, and I too fell madly in love with Carrie Fisher (what 16 year old boy couldn’t?). My friends didn’t stop talking about Luke, Hans Solo and Darth Vader for a month, and I know we went back at least three times to watch it again. I’m thrilled that Disney controls the property now. They have the deep pockets to do whatever they want, and from what I’ve read, J.J. Abrams has nailed the film (and more importantly, the new story). My the force be with us all.

    • Steve Tobak

      Love the story. When The Empire Strikes Back came out a few years later (I was now a young engineer at Texas Instruments), like you, I waited on line for hours with my geek friends to see it. What an amazing sequel. And you’re absolutely right about the tech. Star Wars changed everything and Lucas Films spawned an empire that includes Pixar. I mean, who had even heard of Dolby until then?

  • TLC

    I just turned 42 when I saw my first Star Wars movie. The year was 2015. I had negative zero interest in seeing it. The look in my fiancé’ eyes is the reason I begrudgingly agreed to go after many failed attempts to get out of it. I guess I still don’t quite comprehend the phenomenon but I know it has affected the world because I witnessed it myself. I guess I was like a dinosaur, one of the last to walk the planet that had never seen Star Wars. I seriously had no idea.