Thursday, December 28, 2006

Rose Parade Newspaper Articles

Michael was interviewed by the Yorba Linda Star, which ran a front-page article on his participation in the Rose Parade as a stormtrooper, & R2-D2's appearance on the Lucasfilm float. A shorter version of the article also appeared in the Local section of the Orange County Register. We started getting lots of phone calls & e-mails from friends, family & former co-workers after they saw the article. They told us they were thrilled to tell their friends during the parade, "I know that guy!"

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Meeting Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie is a very talented artist who created the original conceptual drawings of all the main Star Wars scenes & characters, including R2-D2, working side by side with George Lucas. Michael was honored to be invited to meet him in November 2006 at his home in the Bay Area. As he was leaving, a crowd gathered on the sidewalk to see R2. Michael showed some young Star Wars fans a book of McQuarrie's sketches, and explained to him the amazing phenomenon that he helped to create. It was great that McQuarrie got to see first-hand the joy R2-D2 brings to people on a regular basis.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Cinemax Promo, Santa Monica

To help promote the special Star Wars trilogy airing on their network, Cinemax held a promotional event on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Downtown Disney, Halloween 2006

It didn't take long for R2-D2 to be kicked out of Downtown Disney by security! He was attracting too much attention.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Ability First Halloween event

Ability First is a non-profit organization serving disabled adults in Pasadena.

Friday, October 6, 2006

Jules Verne Adventure Awards

George Lucas, Harrison Ford & Jane Goodall received awards at this event at the Shrine Auditorium in LA on Oct 6, 2006. James Cameron, and Ray Harryhausen (original King Kong special effects master) also appeared. R2-D2 appeared on stage, where he ran into Master of Ceremonies Malcolm McDowell.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


This was the fourth gathering of Southern California area R2 Builders that we've hosted since 2003. Everyone brings their droids, parts, and family to share ideas and stories. This year there were 27 builders! Many of them brought their toy voice-activated R2-D2s, which we videotaped doing a synchronized chorus line dance together. To watch the video, go to

Friday, August 11, 2006

Arts & Learning Conservatory children's Star Wars play

This summer children's theater production in Costa Mesa featured a live children's orchestra. The show followed the storyline of Episodes I, II & III. Our favorite character was of course R2-D2, a child in a costume who beeped!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Trinity Episcopal Church charity fundraiser, Orange

This church held a Star Wars-themed movie night Under the Stars to raise money for their charities.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Ability First event

R2-D2 made another appearance at this charity for disabled adults.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

American Cancer Society Bowling Charity Event

The Corona Police Department held this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at a bowling alley in Norco.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser

This charity fundraiser was held in a Rite Aid store in Irvine.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Ice Dogs hockey game

R2-D2 got to help throw in the puck to open the game. He also entertained the crowds in the lobby before & after the game.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Central California R2 Builder's Group, Elk Grove

Michael attended this event with Michael McMaster, also from the Southern California R2 Builder's Group.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

FIDM Fashion Show

Since the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in LA displayed the costumes from Star Wars in their museum this year, they chose Star Wars as the theme for their annual graduate fashion show at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. R2-D2 got to appear on the runway along with several other Star Wars characters. We got to meet show MC Robert Wagner.

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Tri City Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras

This Mardi Gras charity ball was held in Oceanside. There was an indoor "parade" complete with lots of bead throwing.

Friday, February 3, 2006

Long Beach Ice Dogs hockey game

Members of the 501st entertained the fans at the hockey game. This was our kids' first hockey game. We enjoyed meeting their mascot, a bulldog named Spike.

Saturday, January 7, 2006

READ OC, Main Place Mall

This event was a fundraiser for a literacy agency in Santa Ana.