A friend of mine wrote my a nice e-mail yesterday congratulating me on my book and shared this story about Ewoks: The Battle For Endor:
Your book brought back many fond memories of my own boyhood. I was born in 1976 and, like you, I was hooked on the Star Wars toys -- more so than the movies. There is an iconic family photograph of a young Tony opening a present to find the Millennium Falcon. I was the happiest kid in the world.
Another memory that came rushing back was the hype surrounding the Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. It must have been promoted for a month before its premier. But the big news was the film’s audio track. Now Gib, as you no doubt recall, in 1985 TVs were simple things with none of the bells and whistles we have today. A typical TV’s “sound system” was a single small speaker. It certainly was on our little TV in [our] household. And, because of this technological limitation, audio tracks for TV shows and movies were broadcast in mono. But, because Battle for Endor was such a big deal, one of the New York top 40 radio stations suspended their programming and simulcast the film’s audio track so everyone in the New York, New Jersey area could watch the movie on their TV but listen to it IN STEREO! Unprecedented! This had never happened before and, as far as I know, never since.
Thanks Tony! Do any of you remember this?