For those of you who read my prior piece about
Star Wars, you will know that I greatly enjoyed being part of think-tank discussions with scriptwriter and film editor Marcia Lucas (George Lucas' wife at the time) about the characters and story development based on anthroposophical concepts that formed the spiritual core of the movie.
Well, after that, life went on. I went back to studying anthroposophy and working happily at the Waldorf Institute bookstore. The first
Star Wars movie came out and, much to my delight, was a major international hit. All was well. I was satisfied that I had made a significant contribution and thought my brief connection with Hollywood was over.
It wasn't. In fact, it was just beginning. In the same way that Marcia Lucas and I had worked together to define a fairy tale space adventure within an anthroposophical framework, now I was about to enter a new kind of adventure. Hold on to your hat, Indiana Jones!
Here's how it happened. Not long after the first
Star Wars movie came out, I was working in the Waldorf bookstore.
My boss and mentor, Werner Glas, stuck his head in the doorway and said, "Douglas, a friend of Marcia Lucas is on the phone and she has too many questions for me to handle. Would you please speak with her and answer all of her questions?"
Then, he smiled radiantly at me, and headed back down the hall.
I began to feel a sense of excitement. I had met Marcia Lucas when she had visited the Institute to discuss ideas for her husband's movie,
Star Wars. At the time, I didn't realize her accomplishments as an editor, nor did I know the impact that the space opera would have on audiences around the world. The very fact that I had contributed some of the ideas to the
Star Wars storyline and characters was a thrilling realization, especially when I had heard that people were standing in long lines just to see this incredible new movie that had opened in theaters. I was looking forward to speaking to any friend of Marcia's and helping out in any way I could........