Sep 2007

Know the 70th Explorers Garrison
by tuskentrooper on Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:45 pm
The latest installment of starwars.com's "Know A Legion" series by Bonnie Burton focuses on the troopers representing the Legion in Kansas and Missouri...the 501st 70th Explorers Garrison. Click here to learn more about these troopers.

Pod Troopers at CIV
by tuskentrooper on Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:51 pm
At last May's Star Wars Celebration IV, the 501st helped Force-Cast hosts Pete Nadel and Jason Swank experience life as soliders of the Galactic Empire. Little did they know it would entail pinching, cramping, sweating, and lots of humiliation. Click here to see 7 and a half minutes of what not to do in Stormtrooper armor. Thanks to Jay Shepard for the video!

Star Wars Insider Goes Inside the Legion
by tuskentrooper on Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:40 am
Although it's commonplace to find mentions of the 501st Legion in each issue of Star Wars Insider (the official magazine of the Star Wars fan club), issue #96 (October/November 2007) features a 5-page article by the Legion's own Kevin Christley (SL-1422). Be sure to pick up a copy for an insider's look at the Legion's origins, labors of love, and charity efforts.

Weird Al Succumbs to the Dark Side
by tuskentrooper on Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:49 pm
After calling upon "Vader's Fist" throughout his Straight Outta Lynwood Tour, musical satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic was finally inducted as an official Friend of the Legion after his September 12th performance in Puyallup, Washington. Members of the 501st Garrison Titan had the honor of presenting Al with the custom plaque, as they were the first troopers to perform with him on stage back in 2003. Weird Al is, of course, known for such Star Wars-inspired parodies as "Yoda" and "The Saga Begins." Click here to see video of the 501st on stage with Al from his current tour.

A Trooper on Every Continent
by tuskentrooper on Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:05 pm
One of the more interesting accomplishments of the Legion this year is, at this point in time, having a trooper on each of the Earth's seven continents. The Legion began in North America in 1997 and quickly spread to Europe in 1998 and Asia in 2000. South America was conquered in 2001, followed by Australia in 2004. While there is no official Outpost in Africa, we do have a member of the French Garrison in Djibouti, East Africa, and most recently one of our Australian members is stationed in Antarctica as part of a research team (see issue #96 of the Star Wars Insider magazine for more about this southernmost trooper). This 10th anniversary year, the Legion is proud to claim it is a truly global organization!

Know the Bloodfin Garrison
by tuskentrooper on Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:15 pm
What's a Bloodfin? You'll have to visit the latest installment of "Know A Legion" on starwars.com to find out where the 501st's Indiana troopers came up with their unit name, and how it links back to their regional history. Click here to read all about it.

Christine Hewett Remembered
by tuskentrooper on Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:05 am
The 501st Legion mourns the passing of model/actress Christine Hewett who portrayed Cantina patron Brea Tonnika in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Fans can visit Christine's official site here to learn more about her extensive career.

Another Day, Another Documentary
by tuskentrooper on Fri Sep 21, 2007 8:31 pm
Monday, September 24th, will mark the premiere of a new fan-based documentary film at the Calgary International Film Festival, and what's a fan-based film without Vader's Fist? The 501st Badlands Garrison had the opportunity to work with Director Jason Hoehn on the film Pegwarmers: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, which attempts to dispel geek stereotypes through interviews with fans, Badlands Garrison troops, and even 501st Honorary Member Shane Turgeon. Click here to read more about Pegwarmers or click here to visit the film's official site.

Armor Party---LIVE!
by tuskentrooper on Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:44 pm
In a rare opportunity to observe our members in an "off duty" moment, Florida Garrison Commanding Officer (and Legion Merchandise and Branding Officer) Scott Will (TK-408) is hosting an armor party on Saturday, September 22nd beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Tune in to the live webcam to see what projects our members are working on and enjoy the fun vicariously! Click here for the live webcam, and send us your feedback here.

501st Fans Rock!
by tuskentrooper on Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:28 pm
We were recently contacted by a fellow Star Wars fan with a love of the 501st and a passion for music. Guitarist Bobby Gravely put together what we believe is the first fan-made tribute song for Vader's Fist...and it rocks! Bobby says we can look forward to more Star Wars-inspired songs in the future---so click here to give it a listen! If the Fighting 501st has inspired you to write a song, be sure to send it our way!

Know Garrison Carida
by tuskentrooper on Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:18 am
This week's installment of starwars.com's "Know A Legion" series highlights the 501st members in West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania...the 501st Garrison Carida. Click here to find out why Carida is "First to Advance, Last to Retreat!" Thanks, as always, to 501st Honorary Member Bonnie Burton for the ongoing coverage.

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