How I Was Almost the ‘Cover Girl’ Of a Star Wars Book

In early 2000, the incredibly talented sound designer Ben Burtt approached Lucy Wilson, then Publishing Director of Lucasfilm Licensing, to propose a book wherein he could relate his stories of developing the sounds and various intergalactic languages used in the classic Star Wars films. Del Rey Books loved the idea and we began work on Star Wars: Beeps, Bleats, and Boskas.

As editor of the book, I was excited to work directly with Ben and we brainstormed various layouts for the book, which included illustrations by Sergio Aragonés, who I fondly remembered from my childhood obsession with MAD magazine.

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Darth Malgus: An Imposing New Presence at Rancho Obi-Wan

Darth Malgus guards Rancho's Art Gallery
How would you like to live with the terrifying Sith Lord Darth Malgus? We’re about to find out at Rancho Obi-Wan as the more than 7-foot tall, 3-foot wide dark-side warrior has staked out a space in front of the museum’s art gallery. And he’s not leaving!

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Rancho Obi-Wan Introduces Two New Board Members

Rancho’s current Board of Directors consists of a multi-talented group of individuals who are dedicated to our mission of Inspiration. They have guided the non-profit through its first two years of operation with valuable insight and real-world experience. Last month, we added two additional members, each of whom will contribute their own perspective and expertise to the future of Rancho Obi-Wan.
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The Rebel Troop Carrier, from Echo Base to Rancho Obi-Wan

The Rebel Troop Carrier in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
The Rebel Troop Carrier in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back.

Blink and you’ll miss it on screen in The Empire Strikes Back! On a list of the 200 top vehicles in the Star Wars saga, it wouldn’t make last place. I’m embarrassed that there’s not even an entry for it in the 1.1 million word Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, which I co-wrote. And yet now it’s sitting, in all its amazing full-size glory, in the carport at Rancho Obi-Wan.

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