Empire Strikes Back - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The American Treasure Tour blog is back to the basics today.  We recently hung up a whole slew of movie posters - in the Toy Box this time.  Because, you know, you expected them to be placed in the Music Room.  We're all about the surprises here.  Of course, having said that, we're going to talk about a poster hanging in the Music Room this morning.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is arguably the best movie created in the Star Wars franchise to date.  A lot of people say that but, to be fair, it doesn't have to deal with setting up the story - since that was done in the first film - nor does it require an ending - since that would happen in 1983's Return of the Jedi.  Empire is the movie where we learn (spoiler alert!) that Darth Vader is Luke's father, and that Lando has guilt issues.  It definitely has a dark story line, too, which some think makes it too intense, but others think, well, warrants its superiority.  You be the judge, and let us know what you think.  
QUESTION:  Who directed The Empire Strikes Back?
A)  George Lucas
B)  Lawrence Kasdan
C)  Irvin Kershner
D)  Steven Spielberg
ANSWER BELOW

SPACE - THE COOL FRONTIER.  In 1962, the Seattle World's Fair opened on this day.  Although a city for around seventy years by then, this was considered Seattle's wake-up call, and it was celebrated with many cool structures and technological celebrations, most notably the opening of the Space Needle.  Despite its precarious look, the Needle was designed to withstand earthquakes of almost every measure.  And it offers cool views of the region and a rotating restaurant at the top!

I'D LIKE A MEAT PIE, PLEASE.  Today is the 67th birthday of beloved Broadway performer Patti LuPone.  She has been starring on the stage since she graduated from the Acting Company in 1972, and has been nominated for many Tony Awards (including one for her 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd, to explain the headline for this paragraph).  She also does film and television work.  She is still going strong, with no apparent interest in retiring.

QUOTE:  Smile at a stranger.  See what happens. - Patti LuPone.

ANSWER:  C)  Irvin Kershner.  His most famous movie prior to Empire would arguably be 1978's The Eyes of Laura Mars.  Or maybe The Hoodlum Priest from 1961.