|Mark Hamill wearing the classic McQuarrie The Star Wars T-shirt in 1976.|
Superb footage has recently materialized online via FANAC Fan History from the now legendary MidAmeriCon II - World Science Fiction Convention 34 event in Kansas City of 1976, featuring a high-spirited Mark Hamill, informative producer Gary Kurtz and the film's dedicated publicist Charles Lippincott talking about the upcoming Star Wars. It's a wonderful look back to an innocent and fascinating time when the film had to be sold, yes sold, to American sci-fi and fantasy audiences, a lot of whom seemed jaded by genre films since the enlightening 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A year later, things were to prove a lot different...
|Lippincott, Kurtz and Hamill.|
Charles Lippncott interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoKK-aFcQIg
With thanks to Chris Baker and starwarsarchives.com for the heads-up