In a galaxy far, far away a rocky planet, called ’55 Cancri e’ was introduced to the world today. 10/11/12 will now be known in history as the day of the diamond planet, when researchers announced the discovery of the jewel planet located in the constellation Cancer, a mere 40 light years away from our hometown. Unlike the earth’s granite and water, this planet is most likely graphite and diamond as it orbits around a star. For more details, be sure to check out your upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters (that is, if you haven’t let your subscription run out!) We wonder what George Lucas, of Star Wars fame is thinking right now . . .
A New Hope
So with the unveiling of ’55 Cancri e’ we figured we’d unveil Our Dad’s Flag visit with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) — the company that Mr. George Lucas created in order to make the original Star Wars Trilogy. Our incredibly gracious, go-to for this visit was Monique Gougeon-DiComo, a CG Production Manager at ILM. Also, the Our Dad’s Flag ambassador at ILM was Taylor Robinson at the Presidio campus of Lucas Films in San Francisco. They both provided so many great pictures from the campus, with many familiar friends (and foes) all in support of all our troops serving so far from home… (Editor’s Note: “Our Dad” is currently serving in a setting that is much like the terrain of the desert planet Tatooine!)
The Empire Strikes Back
Aside from the great Star Wars movies, this Lucas Film company has worked it’s magic in the visual effects for feature films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Rango, Star Treck, Pearl Harbor, Iron Man, War of the Worlds, Avatar, The Bourne Supremacy, Indiana Jones, the Harry Potter films, Mission: Impossible, etc.
George Lucas has built his own media empire including LucasFilms, LucasArts, LucasFilm Animation, Lucas Licensing, LucasOnline and Skywalker Sound. Many Star Wars fans dream of a visit to the famed Skywalker Ranch.
Return of the Jedi
Our Dad’s Father’s Day gift two years ago was the collection of Star Wars films and we can’t think of anything finer than this visit with the frozen Rebel Leader, droids, Jedis, Bounty Hunters and so many more! We’re so pleased that Monique, Taylor and all the fine folks at Industial Light & Magic hosted Our Dad’s Flag in support of our troops as we wait for the return of Our Dad. Thank you all so much!
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Visit the great work of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) at http://www.ilm.com/
The Force is Great With Us
Thanks for reading! We’re in the homestretch of Our Dad’s Flag, the fun project in patriotism and the Flag has gone worlds beyond what we ever imagined. Thanks to the Kelly family for the introduction to Monique who helped make this unique, virtual family visit happen to the Empire in the galaxy far, far away (at least from us on the east coast!)
Hey, Speaking of Skywalkers
A few months ago Our Dad’s Flag had a visit with Nik Wallenda of the Flying Wallenda’s circus troupe. Prior to his June 2012 tight rope walk over Niagara Falls, Wallenda hosted our Flag. The night of his historical walk directly over the Falls, we gathered as a family to watch and cheer for the daredevil. Luckily Nik made it all the way across but unfortunately, Our Dad’s Flag never made it home as it was destroyed in the mail and all we received back was the damaged envelope and signed card from Nik Wallenda. Luckily we have more flags. And hey, as long as Nik’s own sky walk was a success…we can’t complain! Congratulations.
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