MEMOIR

Star Wars: All We Had Were Broomsticks for Lightsabers

Childhood memories awakened by the Force

Rui Alves
6 min readMay 4, 2024

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First lightsaber fight between Luke and Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” | Disney (Lucas Film)

Watching Star Wars has to be one of my most treasured childhood memories. I’m a 1978 kid, so I grew up alongside the characters in the saga.

That year, George Lucas had just released A New Hope (1977), and people were probably watching The

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Rui Alves

Language teacher, linguist, life coach, published author (joined the Army and worked for the EU). A publisher, digital ronin, musician and alchemist of sound.