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Playing Han Solo to Our Skywalker, Los Angeles Makes Moves on the Lucas Museum
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Lucas Cultural Arts Museum | June 12, 2014
Don't touch her—she's our sister!
Like Han Solo competing for Princess Leia's affections, Los Angeles wants to capture the Lucas Museum away from San Francisco (which is obviously Luke Skywalker in this analogy). L.A.'s Grand Moff Eric Garcetti announced that his city would be willing to tear down the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, a 55-year old facility that until 2006 housed USC's men's basketball games (the Clippers used to play there too), to bring Lucas's museum to town. The site would be near Lucas's alma mater, the University of Spoiled Children (USC).
Los Angeles's sinister agents have been pursuing Lucas through the Holonet (aka Twitter) under a campaign called #WhyLucasInLA. (Sample tweets: "It would be a great relic of LA's dead VFX industry," "Because the studios who didn't believe in you when you started out need to be constantly reminded of your success," and "So the rebels can regroup with the rest of Starfleet. We're talking about the Laurentian system, right?")
A press aide for Garcetti said yesterday that "It feels right and natural to the mayor that Mr. Lucas and [wife Melanie] Hobson should locate their museum in Los Angeles, the city of storytellers," referring to the city which brought the world Battlefield Earth, while George Lucas was living and working in Northern California.
Since the proposal to site the museum in San Francisco's Presidio was rejected, the Lucas museum, which would house the filmmaker's collection of art and memorabilia, has been considering locations on San Francisco's waterfront as well as in Chicago.
Something, something, something, the taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.