Michael Kordek, 46, is a techie who works for Fox24 News by day and Threshold Repertory Theater by night.
He had just turned 8 when “New Hope” had its premiere in theaters on May 28, 1977. As a kid, he was into sci-fi, but “ ‘Star Wars’ went that extra mile.”
“Then I had to have the toys,” he said. Santa brought him some action figures, and thus began an ever-growing collection.
“In my office at work, around me I have five statues of Disney characters and “Star Wars” characters, not to mention a coin collection on my walls from visits down in Florida.” (In 2000, Disney started its annual “Star Wars” weekends; Kordek has missed only two of them.)
His collection includes limited edition watches, a poster signed by many of the voice actors from the animated series “Clone Wars,” numerous 12-inch figurines, autographs from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ray Park (Darth Maul), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), comic books and more.
He has read every single “Star Wars” book that has been published, admiring the strategic marketing, consistency of the character types and a narrative sweep that has accompanied him through the years.
“It’s been one huge story going through my entire life,” he said.