One Saga Is One Week Old – Thank You For All of the Support…

Star Wars BirthdayJust wanted to drop a thank you to everyone who has visited the site during its inaugural week.  This blog has had over 1,000 visits from hundreds of individual visitors from almost 30 countries across the world.  So I want to thank everyone who has commented on the site, or sent me private well wishes, or followed the blog.

I especially want to give a shout out to two sites in particular that have plugged the site or offered suggestions to me:

Lady Padawan at – Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Society

Jason Ward at – Making Star Wars

If you haven’t visited either of these sites I highly recommend them.  Both are run by passionate Star Wars fans and both publish some really good stuff.

When I first conceived of One Saga I thought I might have a few things to say about a Saga that was a very important part of my childhood, and continues to thrill and entertain me while revealing new thematic facets with each release.  What I wasn’t expecting was that I would have so much to say.  Each new article gives me new ideas of aspects of fandom I want to examine, reviews of new merchandise, or episodes of Rebels and The Clone Wars I want to break down.  I plan to continue my essays focusing on some of my favorite characters in the Saga, and will start a series examining the production of the movies.

So I hope you all will stick around for the ride.  As long as people are interested, I’ll continue writing,  Again, please feel free to leave feedback, or write in the comment section.  And let people know about the site.  I’d really like to build a community of fans of the entire Saga who enjoy sharing their thoughts about Star Wars and their own experiences in that galaxy far far away…

May the Force Be With You

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Another Fan’s Journey – The Force Among Us

I love sharing my Star Wars experiences with others, and I especially get a kick reading about other fans, and how Star Wars affected them, and how they came to be a fan.  It’s a wonderful communal experience, and you soon begin to realize their are Star Wars fans EVERYWHERE.  It doesn’t matter what part of the world you are in; you can find fellow fans. Although we might not share the same spoken language, we share the language of Star Wars.

ChrisA few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Star Wars fan, Chris Macht, at a local micro brewery, SunUp Brewing in Phoenix.  Chris was in town to catch some Spring Training games before the baseball season kicked off.  Chris and I had been chatting on Facebook for a while, when Chris mentioned he’d be in town.  So my wife and I met Chris one Saturday evening after I got off work.  Chris is just solid people.  He’s got this great Chicago accent and is very down to earth.  He loves talking about his passions; Star Wars, baseball, the Walking Dead, and family.  And meeting Chris finally afforded me an opportunity to thank him for two movies that really had an impact one me.

So who is Chris Macht, and just what are these two movies he made.  Well, outside of being a businessman and a family man with a new baby (Congrats Chris!), Chris also runs his own independent film company   A number of years ago Chris got the crazy idea to explore Star Wars fandom as well as his own through a documentary, The Force Among Us.  He followed that up a couple of years later with a much more intimate look at how Star Wars impacted him, aptly named The Force Within Usforceamongus

In Chris’ own words, The Force Among Us is a Star Wars documentary for fans and non fans alike and is meant to dispel the stereotypes and stigmas attached to fans.  Through a series of engaging interviews of fans ranging from a philosophy professor, a priest, members of the 501st, collectors, and casual fans, Chris shows that Star Wars fans are just like everyone else; no different than your average sports fan, its just their passion happens to be Star Wars.

Force WithinChris follows up his successful first film with one of my favorite Star Wars documentaries, The Force Within Us.  This time the subject matter is Chris himself.  A number of emotional interviews with family members reveal how Star Wars got Chris through a lot of difficult times, and how the Saga still has a profound effect on him today.  Through the Saga he has forged a number of life long friends and this personal journey is nothing short of outstanding cinema.

When I finally met Chris, I was able to tell him face to face how much The Force Within Us meant to me and how I felt, through the film, that I had known Chris for years.  Like Chris, my passion for Star Wars got me through a lot of rough times, especially my parents estrangement and divorce.  For me, Star Wars was an escape, a refuge to an innocent time in my childhood when our family was strong and life was much simple.  In many ways, Star Wars was a time capsule for me.

I shared these feelings with Chris, and his response was very touching.  So thank you Chris for the wonderful legacy you built with these films, and I look forward to your next exploration of the Saga, and fandom.  You can visit Chris’ site below if you would like to learn more about his films, and you can also order a copy for yourself.  You’ll be glad you did:

Force Among Us

May the Force Be With You

Do… or do not. There is no try.

One of501st the best aspects of Star Wars fandom is the sheer number of fans who are involved in charitable works.  Both the 501st and Rebel Legion are well know for their involvement in fundraising and bringing attention to a whole host of notable cause like children’s cancer research, the American Red Cross, and the Make a Wish Foundation among others.  And other Star Wars fans across the world have joined forces to raise money to help offset medical expenses for fellow fans, or simply help out in their local communities.

To be a member of the Evans clan, community service is pretty much a requirement.  You WILL help out those who are in need or less fortunate than yourself, and you WILL do whatever is asked of you with a grateful heart.  My wife and I firmly believe this is a way to actively put our faith into action, and will pass on a legacy of community service to our children, and theirs. rebel legion

For the past 13 years or so my wife has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Most of our fund raising activity surrounds racing events like marathons, half-marathons, and triathlons.  We help out in race prep, getting runners registered, working the finish line passing our water to runners, and tear down.  Rather than pay us, the company who sponsors the race pays our favorite charity.

Of course my wife got the bug to actually participate in some of these races as a walker.  She would diligently fundraise, for each race with her monies going to her charity of choice. She would work through the grind of training, and the inevitable pain of race day.  But in the meantime she would raise thousands to help cancer research.

Racing LadiesYou see, my wife hates cancer… I mean HATES it with a passion.  It has taken away family members and close friends of hers well before their time.  So she relentlessly pursues her goal of wiping out cancer from the planet, all the while towing her husband and kids along to help her raise money.  Then last year she convinced my youngest, Kiersten, to participate in a race.  She had a blast and wanted to do it again.  So their goal was to participate in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.

Then my daughter got an idea… a devious, wicked idea… Dad loves Star Wars, right?  So let’s get dad to join us and do the Star Wars Disneyland Half Marathon in January. How could I say no, it’s Star Wars, it’s Disneyland (my other fan passion) and it’s for an awesome cause?  Well of course I couldn’t say no; so there it is.

So that’s the purpose for this particular post.  The Evans family is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Team in Training for the upcoming race, and I will be run/walking the 13.1 mile course (GULP). Frankly, it’s a little intimidating, as I’ve put on a bit of weight (to put it nicely) since I participated in the PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon years and years ago.  But I’m determined to DO it… not try.

So, the Evans team needs your help.  Our goal as a team is to raise $9,000.  We are getting there, but the December 31st deadline is quickly approaching.  So, if you feel inclined, I’ve put a link to my fundraising page here (or you can click on the really cool Return of the Jedi inspired graphic below) where you can make a tax free donation of any amount you want.  Even if you can’t contribute at this time, just drop a well wish in the comment field below, or say a quick prayer (if that’s your thing), or send some positive vibes our way:

Disney Marathon

May the Force Be With You!