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36 Years Ago Today the “Star Wars Holiday Special” Aired for the First and Last Time: A Ted Forth Celebration

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on November 17, 2014

Thirty-six years ago today—on November 17, 1978—the Star Wars Holiday Special aired for the very first and very last time. And while a single episode of Seinfeld managed to make a throwaway joke into the now almost universally-recognized celebration of Festivus, a two-hour special spin-off of the then most popular movie of all time failed to get even the most diehard fan to warble Carrie Fisher’s stoned carol in celebration of Life Day.

That is, except for one man.

For the past several years. every Friday right after Thanksgiving, Ted Forth has gathered friends and family around the TV to watch his bootleg copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Yes, Ted knows it is bad. Yes, Ted realizes the only saving grace is the Boba Fett cartoon, and that really is just in comparison to the rest of the televised debacle. Yes, Ted knows the entire special was written by Bruce Vilanch, the man responsible for The Donny & Marie Show, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, and every time you threw your shoe whenever a scripted joke was made during an Oscar telecast.

But despite all that, despite even the prequels and George Lucas himself, Ted Forth still believes in the magic of Star Wars. So sit back, relax, and watch Ted watch the Star Wars Holiday Special again and again over the years.

Ted Star Wars Holiday 2007
Ted Star Wars Holiday 2008
SF Nov 26 2010
2011: The Dark Year
SF Nov 25 2011
SF November 23 2012
SF November 29 2013

So this year, when you feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of holiday travel and shopping, just remember that Ted Forth wishes you and yours a very joyous Life Day and a Happy Thanksgiving!
Ted Forth Thanksgiving 2014

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  1. JT said, on November 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    In 2010 Ralph is excited about watching the special and loved celebrating “Life Day.” Two years later he complains they can’t watch football. Continuity error! 🙂

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