Introducing… Steve Sansweet

Steve Sansweet | July 2, 2012

Editor’s Note: Whether you’re a regular reader of this blog or not, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of, or met, Steve Sansweet. (And he’s appeared in the blog many, many times.) In addition to owning the world’s largest collection of Star Wars collectibles — on display at Rancho Obi-Wan — Steve has been a frequent presence at fan conventions, expos and gatherings around the world. He is also an advisor to Lucasfilm, where he served for over a decade as the company’s Head of Fan Relations. And now he’s a blogger. Welcome, Steve!

Well hello there!

My name is Steve and I’m a Star Warsaholic. No, not really—not even from a certain point of view. Star Wars is my passion, not an addiction. It’s been a passion all my life, which sounds preposterous given that I was in my early 30s when the movie premiered. It’s just that I now realize I’d been waiting for it, without knowing what “it” was, the first half of my life.

I grew up devouring classic science fiction courtesy of a neighbor who was an early subscriber to the Science Fiction Book Club. And I was present at the dawn of the Space Age, delivering newspapers with headlines about this rocket success or that satellite failure. In those crisp early-morning hours when all else was quiet, I felt like the harbinger of amazing news to all those on my route.

I became a writer for the newspaper I delivered, the Philadelphia Inquirer, later moving onto a 26-year career as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal. I saw Star Wars on the backlot of 20th Century Fox at a media preview two weeks before it opened. I felt like that young newsboy again—a herald—and life has never been the same.

In the years to come I would start to write Star Wars books (my 16th will be published in October), do 50 hours of QVC Star Wars specials (and bought everything I sold), have a 15-year second career at Lucasfilm (where I’m still a consultant), and collect a few pieces here and there—leading to the recent incorporation of the non-profit Rancho Obi-Wan as home of the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia.

I’ve got lots of stories to share and also want to know what you’d like to hear about. Hey! How about the time…. Oops! Over the word limit. Please stop back tomorrow.

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