I Grew Up Star Wars: The Epic Battle of Hoth


IGrewUpStarWars.com is a website run by Tom Berges dedicated to those of us who grew up playing with some of the greatest toys of all time. Tom has spent a lot of time and energy collecting vintage photos and videos from the late 70s and early 80s, back when we were younger and these toys were new.

Rob with Star Wars Stuff

(Yes, that’s me.)

Like lots of kids who “grew up Star Wars,” my friends and I would routinely recreate the battles that we saw in the movies. In my bedroom I had a 4×8 sheet of wood covered with a white sheet that became Hoth, and when my friends would visit we would often set up battles between “the good guys” and “the bad guys” and just play.

My family owned a VHS VCR in 1978; for $1,000, we got both the VCR and a black and white video camera. The camera was connected to the VCR by a cable which was long enough for me to drag around the house and occasionally make my own movies without having to relocate the VCR itself. I filmed a lot of silly things, one of which was (occasionally) our Star Wars battles. While browsing through some of my old VHS tapes I found one of those battles. I sent the footage to Tom, who did a short interview with me (with some help from Yoda) and put the footage online.

If you also “grew up Star Wars,” check out this interview Tom put together for his website. Be sure to stick around to the end to see the “special edition” version.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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