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How a Return of the Jedi Speeder-Bike Fantasy Failed a Young Boy

Many a young American has at one time or another harbored Jedi Knight fantasies. When B.C. Edwards, author of the upcoming short-story collection The Aversive Clause, was 9 years old, he channeled the Return of the Jedi to win a bike race against his rival/friend, envisioning himself steering one of the speeder bikes, flying through the Redwood Forest. The Force is real, the Force is real! he thought ... until the Force failed him. In this latest installment of Vulture and the UCB's "Pop Culture Memory Lane" video series, watch the moment when a young boy had to face the reality that movies were not in fact real, and he would never own a light saber.