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Discussion in 'Forum News, Rules & Regulations' started by Trevor, May 22, 2015.

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  1. Trevor

    Trevor Blue Leader Stunt Double
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    Hello members of The Cantina! While we here at SWNN.com have opened a thread for each of you to introduce yourselves, we also thought it would be nice for the staff to introduce ourselves to you....give you an insight into who we are.

    Like yourselves, we too come from very different and diverse backgrounds, and have different faceted views of our beloved Star Wars world...but at the end of the day, and all other things aside, we are STAR WARS FANS just like you.

    We'll each post a self-intro to and for you all, so....Meet your Staff!!
     
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  2. Pomojema

    Pomojema Ayatollah Of Rock-&-Rolla
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    Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Pomojema, and how I got here is an example of being at the right place, with the right idea, at the right time. I had some ideas for a few articles for the website, and Viral Hide allowed me to come onboard after I asked nicely to write said articles for the site. The influx of Star Wars news got me to commit to writing regularly, and our site's community have brought me back for more. So cheers to you guys!
     
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  3. Kyle

    Kyle Cantina Comic Guy
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    Hi everyone,
    Kyle here. After a few posts and interactions with the fine folks here, both staff and members, I was asked to come on board and review the new comics Marvel has been releasing. Viral and the rest of the staff have also let me pen the occasional article on the site as well. It's been a pleasure to be here and I'm so excited to see a community of upbeat fans sharing their thoughts on where Star Wars has been and where it is going. It's been great meeting you all and look forward to meeting more.

    I also self-publish. Here is a link to my Amazon author page if any of you are curious.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kyle-Larson/e/B00H7O889W/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

    I was born in the early 80's, so I missed the dawn of it all. My first memory is my father taking me to see a second or third theatrical run of Return of the Jedi. I believe I was 3 years old. I can barely remember it, but I'll never forget the last shot of the Death Star blowing up.

    Star Wars never went away from me. I spent most of my childhood longing for George Lucas to make more and my hopes came to fruition not long after my 18th birthday. While Episode I and the rest of the prequels were not everything I had hoped for, I was at least relieved I had answers to many questions about who Darth Vader was.

    Not to prequel bash, but I felt there was so many stories were left to tell. It's very exciting knowing that George Lucas has finally opened the gates for other filmmakers and storytellers to add to his creation. I'm optimistic they will lead us in directions we never thought this universe would go.
     
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  4. Trevor

    Trevor Blue Leader Stunt Double
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    Well, I'm Trevor...and yes, that's my real name. I'm in my late 40's, and a diehard Star Wars fan since I saw ANH in theaters (repeatedly) in 1977....there simply is nothing else like it in the world!

    I'm from Montana USA and have spent 30 years working in the aviation field, and have a wonderful wife (@Mara Jade) and six children that have lovingly put up with my Star Wars obsession forever...they're the best. When I'm not Engineering in my day-job, I retreat to my sanctuary (called my garage) and build Hot Rods...mostly Classic American Muscle cars as a hobby and have been doing that all of my life...build fast cars with piles of horsepower. Generally while I'm out there, I'm accompanied by at least one (if not all three) of our dogs that have to know every second; "Daddy what are you doing?" while I'm fighting them for working space under a vehicle.

    When it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilm and the Star Wars story would continue, I (like most of us here) was barely able to contain myself. I searched the digital world for a site that I could exchange ideas, hear new ones, and speculate on all things "Star Wars". When I found this site, I admittedly "lurked" on the shadows to see if I could find a place here......and after some smiles and laughter about the banter that I watched, I jumped in and got immediately comfortable.

    After some time, our fearless leader @Viral Hide announced that he wanted to launch a social media offensive onto the world and he began asking around for volunteers that were experienced in the workings of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. As I have adult children that grew up on social media like MySpace and Facebook, I was a veteran of those sites and raised my hand for Facebook. To this day, myself, my wife, and our @Darth Lexor Kai are the administrators for this sites Facebook page...check it out!

    There finally came a time that I too was finally asked to become a staff member and my job (aside from Facebook) primarily is to moderate the "Force Awakens" threads, but that inevitably takes one all over the forum...It's a lot of fun.

    I'd like to add that my fellow staff members are some of the best folks one could ever hope to work with....bar none!! We share a lot of laughs, make decisions together, and frankly have a great time.

    It would be thoughtless of me to fail to mention the Cantina's 1030th members, from where I came as an initial Facebook administrator. You will see them around the Cantina (notice their custom titles) as they too are social media administrators for this site, as well as perform some reporting actions and moderation in the absence of a staff member...get to know them, they're good people.

    Thank all of you for being here...Staff, 1030th Members, and Forum Members alike. It's a great time to be a Star Wars fan......you all let me remember that EVERY day...thank you! :)
     
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  5. DEKKA129

    DEKKA129 Professional Slinger of Balderdash
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    Hey there, folks. DEKKA129 here. I've probably rambled on in my Cantina posts and elsewhere about various and sundry points concerning who I am and how I ended up here, so bear with me if I end up repeating myself.

    Saw Star Wars for the first time in fall of 1977, after wondering what the hell it was that was making all my classmates go nuts over a movie they'd seen over the summer. Got completely hooked that first time I saw it (and paid dearly that night for the entire tub of buttered popcorn I put away during the flick!) In fact, I was so obsessed with all things Star Wars that I ended up reading the Empire Strikes Back novel multiple times (whilst listening to the soundtrack album) before the movie was released. Suffice to say, in retrospect I would have very much preferred to have gotten hit over the skull with Darth Vader's big revelation to Luke while in a darkened theater with an audience. Therefore, I have generally tended to avoid spoilers for subsequent Star Wars movies (as well as any other movies that have a strong interest in seeing.) With The Force Awakens... so far, so good. We'll see if I can hold out until opening day! ;)

    I found the Star Wars VII News blog a couple of years back, really enjoyed what they were doing, and was content enough to comment on some of the articles until Viral Hide asked if I'd like to write an article or two. Of course, my "spoiler allergy" limits the scope of articles that I can write, but I still really dig being able to contribute to the blog. And of course, when Viral mentioned that he was thinking about starting a community forum, I could already tell that it was going to take off and do well. There was already a budding little community in the comments sections of the blog, and I've got to say I'm still floored by how dynamic and positive the interactions in the Cantina tend to be. It's a seriously cool thing to be able to be a part of.

    Aside from my love of Star Wars, I've found some other cool things along the way during my ride 'round the sun on this goofy ol' mudball. About the same time I discovered Star Wars as a kid, I also discovered Zeppelin airships, which of course had been gone for almost 40 years by the time I became aware of them. However, after all these years of research, I've become something of a recognized authority on rigid airship history. I've done consulting work on a number of books and TV documentaries (even got to be featured onscreen in one about 6 or 7 years back!) and served as a historical consultant on a 2012 Smithsonian National Postal Museum exhibit called "Fire and Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic." Some of my research is available online on two historical blogs that I maintain (Projekt LZ 129 and Faces of the Hindenburg.)

    (And for those of you who wonder what the heck my handle is all about, "DEKKA" was the radio call sign for the Hindenburg, and her official Luftschffbau Zeppelin design number was "LZ 129".)

    I make my rent money as a writer, and live in Chicago with my girlfriend and our pet turtle. A music lover since I was, oh, about yay big, I also play a bit of rusty ol' guitar... just enough to fake my way through a number of songs that I like to sing - mostly old folk-rock numbers (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, The Beatles, Townes Van Zandt, etc.) as well as a few old folk standards I picked up along the way. (There's even a bit of video evidence of my musical stylings stashed away in one corner of the Internet or another.)

    Anyway, that's a little bit of what I'm all about. See y'all around the ol' funny farm! ;)
     
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  6. TIDMADT

    TIDMADT Jedi Biker
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    TIDMADT is actually the name of the gaming community I run... I am the head admin, but there are several others spread out around the world. I am a Jedi Biker who codes... and I have a strange love for ellipses

    Mid 40's, Irish, living in sunny Florida (although I used to like up in Trevor's neck of the woods). Saw SW in the theaters with my father during its original run, had been raised on Dr Who (Perwee was my first, Baker my fav always) I am a master of obscure trivia, but the obvious escapes me from time to time. Single (although I was married for 11 days once upon a time)

    I am just finishing up my tour as 2nd Vice for the local American Legion post, and I care very deeply for veteran's issues (being a vet myself... oh, and don't donate to Wounded Warrior Project, just sayin)

    I don't know... I am just this guy...
     
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  7. Bluestreaking

    Bluestreaking Imperial Grand Admiral with Bluish skin
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    Thanks @Darth Lexor Kai for making me not the last Staff Member to post here. So here is everyone's favorite long winded know-it-all Bluestreaking. I actually got the name from my university's nickname the Blue Streaks. I wrestled for my university for a time until injuries derailed that career. To this day I still have three great loves- Wrestling, History, and Star Wars. My mother grew up in rural Oklahoma and her movie theater showed about three movies a summer. One magical summer in 1977 she successfully wished upon a star that her movie theater would show Star Wars and the Jungle Book, she only got to see Star Wars. When I eventually entered this world much later I was lucky enough to be born into a family that loved Star Wars almost as much as they loved their children, I can't even remember the first time I saw Star Wars I can only remember it being my favorite movie since before I could talk. I remember tearfully telling my mother that it was all over on our way to see Episode III on opening day, so I will always be thankful towards Disney for making me wrong.

    I am currently stuck in the realm of unemployed Social Studies teacher, but I am currently working my several connections in the national wrestling community to find me a job. Besides writing about Star Wars I also write analysis for collegiate wrestling and Kentucky high school wrestling, I am known as FalconWrestling in the wrestling community, I'm not the most well known commentator in the world outside of Kentucky but I have my fans.

    I grew up in Deutschland which is the greatest gift for a child who loves history and you would expect my German to be a lot better than it is. I also worked in radio for a couple years and I can hold my own in conversations about most music genres but I specialize in "harder" music which can mean anything from Dead Kennedy's to Sabaton and I even sneaked Bob Dylan into that conversation sometimes. My uncle owned a record label for awhile so if I can't answer your question I could always defer to him.

    Finally as I've mentioned to some of you I write short stories on the side, and I often get yelled at by my editor/close friend for being too willing to share them with others. Personally I think they're terrible but I am told I should look into becoming a published writer, so maybe one day I'll try just so I can prove I'm right but even still anyone is more than welcome to read (and hopefully critique) my work. Until then I will continue to do my best to provide thought provoking editorials for the site along with the news that is our namesake.
     
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  8. Darth Lexor Kai

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    Hey everyone, sorry im late to the party. I just got back from vacation. :D

    You all know me as Darth Lexor kai, or Kai for short. My friends call me Justin (you can too). I started reading the SW7 news blog about a year ago and it quickly became my go to news source. I saw that Viral created a forum a bit latter and joined up. I wanted to become more involved in the community so like @Trevor, i too got interested in the social media projects for the site and volunteered for the 1030th Garrison and the Facebook page. Before i started modding I was lucky enough for the guys to publish my article on the medical technology in Star Wars.

    Outside the Cantina I am a United states Navy Hospital Corpsman. I was recruited out of Oklahoma 5 years ago and since then Iv lived in Chicago, San Antonio, Connecticut, and now Washington DC. I used to volunteer at the Mystic Seaport Museum of the sea in Mystic, Ct every Sunday for 2 years. Its been an absolute pleasure to serve and it will be coming to an end here in July. I met some of my very best friends in the Navy and now they are stationed all over the world. Im now looking forward to my next adventure...returning to school.

    My first Star Wars experience was in the 90s when the special edition was released in theaters. My mom took me to a local theater in my hometown and told me all about how Star Wars was about a talking vacuum cleaner and a princess. Ever since then Iv fed my obsession with the Galaxy far, far away by watching, re watching, cosplaying, and sharing my love for Star Wars with friends.

    I love the community that has been built here and i enjoy engaging all of you in the discussions on this board. If anyone ever has any questions or suggestions you can always reach out to any of us Mods and we will be happy to help in anyway we can. This is the home of the friendliest bunch of Star Wars fans anywhere on the net hands down.

    Oh, also im working on a super secret project for the site and i think all of you will love it. :D
     
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    Darth Lexor Kai General of the Future Folk
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  10. Rebo

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    Ah yes....thank you @Darth Lexor Kai

    So, I am the newest member of the staff here at The Cantina. I go by Max Rebo here, but no Max is not my real name. As a piano player since the age of 3, I make it a habit to always choose the most appropriate keyboard playing character as a handle for whatever social forum I find myself in. I like to think of myself as the guy tinkling away at the keys in the background of the saloon while others angrily hail bullets all around him. Just keep playing any everything will be all right. :)

    Anyway, I'm 36 years old and have been a star wars fan my entire life. Born and raised in scenic northern New Jersey and I've never lived anywhere else. I majored in philosophy in college so I love to argue. So please forgive me if I ever come off as unrelenting in the forums. I just love the discussion process so much, I don't always know when to quit. Its never personal.

    Currently I'm an operations manager for a large software company (snore), but before that I've tried my hand at far more interesting things having attempted to become a professional musician and starting a briefly lived independent film production company. But now as a father two children with special needs, I enjoy a more domesticated existence and spend much of my free time catching up on all the geeky greatness I missed in my 20's. In my spare time I still try to play some music and have great interest in charities and causes related to autism.

    As for Star Wars. I was born in the 70's, but I am very much a child of the 80s'. My first cinematic experience and memory is seeing ESB in its initial release. Chewbacca scared me so much I had to be brought out of the theater as my crying was distracting other viewers. I guess that sparked my love of the franchise for life. Star Wars bed sheets, star wars cereal, Star wars toys and games and books. My entire childhood was primarily based around everything Star Wars and I never really grew out of it. In high school Star Wars had mostly faded from the world of the 90's outside of the SE releases and some serious time on Dark Forces, but some time around Christmas in 1998, my cousin showed me the TPM trailer and suddenly I was back full force. That's when I discovered websites, and message boards, and SPOILERS! and have been an online SW junkie ever since.

    And it was that jonesing for a SW spoiler fix that brought me to SW7News shortly after the announcement of the LF sale. I initially just visited here every day because it was a great aggregator and source of everything happening on the Episode 7 front. But when I saw a forum was being created, I saw it as a chance to get in early and be part of shaping a community. So, I signed up as soon as I saw the Cantina had launched and have been an active member ever since. When @Viral Hide asked me to join the staff I jumped at the chance. This is a great site and a great community and I’m anxious to do whatever I can to help it grow and maintain the high caliber of discussion that has thus far set it apart from all that has come before.
     
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  11. Hard Case

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    Hello everyone! As the newest staff member, I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. Like a lot of you, I have been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember. My experience with Star Wars began at around 6 years old when my Dad (a casual SW fan) noticed that they were playing a Star Wars marathon on television. He asked me to watch it with him, and the rest is history.

    As we picked up on the Marathon during TESB, the first scene of Star Wars I can remember is the introduction of Yoda on Dagobah . I was absolutely fascinated by what I was seeing and hearing. By the time I was introduced to Vader, I was hooked. Born in 1987, I naturally missed out on the original films in theater and only got to enjoy the untouched original trilogy for a short time. That being said, I was there for the theatrical releases of the Special Edition films and the PT, and those experiences galvanized my love for the saga.

    As a teenager, I quickly got into a lot of the novels and comics of the expanded universe, and began to soak up everything I could from that galaxy far far away - and not much has changed since then. I choose to immerse myself in the new canon to take in every little detail that I possibly can. This is a passion for me as well as a slight obsession, I admit.

    Looking back on the impact Star Wars has had on my life, I can say that my view of the saga has altered drastically over time, especially regarding the PT, but even so - even those films still hold a special place in my heart for having such an impact on my childhood and adolescence.

    Today, I am more of a Star Wars enthusiast than I ever was, which is bolstered by the fact that we have an all new set of films coming out, as well as a plethora of new novels and comics, and not to mention I now have two sons of my own that I can share the experience with. :) I am also a big Marvel, Batman, and Walking Dead fan (although these all pale in comparison to my love for Star Wars). I am a full time civil/structural design drafter and a part time student pastor at a local Baptist Church.

    As much as I love Star Wars, my faith in Jesus Christ and my family will always take precedence in my life, but I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work with the great group of people here at SWNN, and I'm so excited about this new era in SW and the already unforgettable journey that we have all set out on together. May the Force be with us...always.
     
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