August 21, 2009

Collect All 21!

Even if you aren't/weren't a Star Wars fan, you've got to appreciate this excerpt from John Booth's book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek,"

Star Wars even made school supplies cool. I still have the 9 ½ by 12 ½ -inch Mead portfolio folder I carried around in second grade. Obi-Wan’s on one side, two Stormtroopers on the other, and on one of the inside pockets, there’s that rear-three-quarters shot of a Star Destroyer. The Finney’s 39-cent price tag is still stuck inside. The folder’s in two pieces, and the edges are worn soft as old socks, but when I hold it, I can smell crayons and purple-ink mimeographed worksheets and Elmer’s School Glue and brick walls and the cement floors of the second-grade basement hallway at Hartville Elementary, and remember sitting on the carpet in our room listening to Miss Hogan read “James and the Giant Peach.” (emphasis mine)

Fellow Arkansan Kirk Demarias designed the cover, and comments on the blue & white play-on-Kenner label at his blog. Order your copy of Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years here

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