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c_richards
05-17-2005, 10:26 AM
Greetings everyone. I had this posted yesterday, but I guess it was in the wrong area... and it appears to have gotten axed... :)

Anyway, I was one of the lucky ones that was at the charity premiere of Episode III on Thursday, May 12, in San Francisco.

Being a member of the 501st, an Imperial costuming group, I was there in my full Biker Scout gear. (tall dirty scout) I was in character, on duty for the event and had a blast.

Of course, I was able to see the film. Let me just say that it is absolutely incredible! This is the film that the fans have been waiting for. The visuals, the story... it's all there!

(NOTE: Bring Kleenex or tissues when you see it. This film is VERY powerful and got me twice, once during the Jedi Purge, and the other was the duel between Ani and Obi-Wan.)

Now, the evening was great to start with, but things got a lot better. I was asked to pull escort duty. I ended up escorting the man himself, George Lucas! Talk about a feeling. It was the best thing I had ever done, and I have a feeling that unless I ever have a chance to see him again, that was the highlight of my life.

However, things got even better, when I had the chance to make a kid smile! Let me explain. While at the event, in my gear, a family walked up to me and asked to have a picture taken of me and their son. This is fairly typical, so of course, I said yes. However, their son was confined to a wheelchair. What his ailment was, I have no idea. It wasn't my place to ask, nor did I care.

He knelt down next to the young man (couldn't be much more than 8 - 10 years old) and asked if he was having a good time. He smiled at me from ear to ear and said yes. His mother was going to take the picture when she suddenly broke down and started crying. I figured now was a time to make my move, I looked over at her, and said, "Mom, come on, get in the picture with us!" She shook her head no, still crying saying, "This is for him. This is for my son!"

I turned back to the kid as the father got the camera ready for the shot, and told the kid to smile big for the camera. Even though I was under my helmet, I have to tell you that I was beaming! It made me feel good!

For that one moment, that child wasn't confined to a wheelchair. He wasn't sick, but instead he was a normal, happy kid! I made him forget about his wheelchair, his illness. For him, I was a real biker scout.

That's what made this event so cool. Sure, I got to see the movie. Yeah, I even escorted Lucas to a portion of the event. But seeing that kid's face... I made a memory, not only for him, but for me!