Did you spend your summers playing “out back” in homemade costumes?  Did you make up games to play that involved combining sports equipment from multiple sports?  Did you write a script and act out your own version of Star Wars and record it on your parents 8mm camera?  If you answered yes to any of these, then you probably grew up without the internet.

Today’s great example comes from Paul Soupiset:

Thirty years ago this summer, a cinematic tour-de-force hit the big screen. The year was 1979 and the country’s science fiction psyche was sandwiched in the liminal space between the first and second Star Wars releases. America needed more. And we gave them Laser Wars.

In the back yard / backlot of our childhood home in San Antonio, my brother Mark and I grabbed my grandfather’s Bell & Howell Super8mm movie camera, wrote a script, cast neighborhood friends, created paper-plate flying saucers, and tin-foil constellations. We had just turned 10 years old, and we were ready for the fame and fortune a space movie would bring our way.

To get the full experience, go to his blog and watch the video.  To enhance the experience, it might be helpful to get a big glass of KoolAid and drink until you have a red mustache.  Enjoy.

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