With the release of the original Star Wars in 1977, it became instantly an international phenomenon. There were repeated screenings at cinemas, magazines, and fanzines all around the world.
In addition to the showings of the movie, there were novels, comic books, radio programs, books, toys, video games, and a host of other media. The new movie gave birth to so many items that are so popular today.
Children have their own stories to tell about the very first movie. You can hear them over again in the family circle. Most people have a special memory for the first Star Wars film.
You might hear a young girl talking about her younger sister, who used to sit with her while watching the movie. One day the lady turned to the girl and said, "Mum, I know you remember that time when your sister watched the first Star Wars movie". The little girl turned to her mother and said, "yes ma'am".
Another thing that makes people's memories so vivid is the fact that the movie was released just two years after the first Moon landing. Space adventure movies were the hot new thing then. There was a lot of interest in space.
Of course, when people thought about space they didn't want to think about it in terms of what was to come but instead of thinking about the future movie, they would picture it as it was in the present. The planet Earth has been on the way to becoming a great space exploration site for many years now.
People would also remember that time when science fiction books and magazines were at the top of the most wanted list. In addition to the Star Wars books and comics, there were also sci-fi movies, television shows, comic books, and video games. These were big things in popular culture.
Finally, in the season seven finale of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager, Captain Janeway read a Voyager science fiction novel in which the Enterprise crew encounters the Borg. This was yet another chapter in the story of the Borg and people's memories about the movie and the series.