El Comandante has a soft spot in his heart. Movies, popcorn, and candy fill a large part of that spot. What's amazing is how movies can trigger specific memories, emotions, and senses.
I can recall the sight and smell of the old theater on Alvarado (now an indoor swap meet)where I saw "Star Wars" for the first time. I remember the color of the living room carpet and the pizza my family ordered when I first saw the "Muppet Movie" on this new service, ON TV- the precursor to cable. I'll never forget seeing the first "Superman" at the Chinese Theater. Every time Superman would display a feat of strength, my Dad would lean over to me and say "If you drink your milk, you will get that strong." I hated milk as a kid and can't stand the stuff to this day. Got Nothing! Give me Tequila!
Sadly, I will never forget how heartbroken I was when my Dad came to pick me up at school to take me to see the new movie with Han Solo, as I referred to him, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". I was in first grade. My parents had just divorced. I didn't know what custody was, or why I couldn't go with my dad. He was my pops! My mom tried to explain it to me. Something about him taking me from her. It just didn't make sense. I was taken home by the babysitter. No Han Solo movie that day.
Happy or sad, each movie is a reminder of a special place and time in my life. Those moments made me who I am, fueling me with the emotions that I would later put into my work. Who knew that a moving picture in a dark room would captivate me so much that I would devote my life to pursuing the opportunities to take people on their own journey and be a part of making their own special memories? That's worth more than any statue or star on the sidewalk to me. No lie.