R2D2 & C3PO - Thursday, February 11, 2016

The ATT blog is about to nerd out a little bit.  But it's difficult to resist the charm of the characters in Star Wars - especially the rare character who has appeared in all seven (and counting) films.  There are only two characters who have that distinction, in fact, and they are both robots - R2D2 and C3PO.  The Omrod Giant World of Miniatures, located in our Music Room, honors these two guys, and so will we!  R2D2 is an 'astromech droid', which means he was designed to maintenance and repair starships and related technology.  C3PO, by contrast, is a 'protocol droid,' specializing in translation, etiquette, and customs.  

Star Wars, The Phantom Menace (episode one of the ennealogy (a series with nine parts) reveals that C3PO was created by a very young Anakin Skywalker to help his mother, who performed the menial tasks of an enslaved woman in the city of Mos Espa on the desert planet of Tattoine.  Why she needed a protocol droid to do this can be debated, but even more debate arises from whether Anakin actually made Threepio from scratch, or re-assembled a droid built eighty years that he found on a trash heap.  We're not messing around.  This is the stuff of serious discussion in some circles!

Regardless of their pasts, Threepio and Artoo are two of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars anthology series - one of the most popular and successful film franchises of all time.  They also serve as comic relief, inspired loosely by characters in the Akira Kurosawa 1958 samurai film Hidden Fortress.  
QUESTION:  When the bounty hunter Boussh approached Jabba the Hut to retrieve Han Solo in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C3PO became the translator during the dialogue.  Who was Boussh, in disguise?
A)  Luke Skywalker
B)  Princess Leia
C)  Lando Calrission
D)  Darth Vader

STRIKE!!!  Relations between labor and management tended to favor management more often than not.  However, the General Motors strike of 1937 that ended today was a victory for the workers, whose union, the United Auto Workers, was officially recognized, ending the work stoppage.  Almost eighty years later, the union is still active in numerous industries, including automotive and aeronautics.

BOXING BIGWIG.  Born today in 1909 was future world champion heavyweight boxer Max Baer.  He only lived to be fifty, dying unexpectedly after one of his matches, leaving behind an impressive collection of victories and a son, named after him, who would become none other than Jethro Clampett on the 1960's sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. 

QUOTE  I define fear as standing across the ring from Joe Louis and knowing he wants to go home early. - Max Baer

ANSWER:  B)  Princess Leia