I was 15 when Star Wars frist hit the big screen, and already a HUGE sci-fi fan. I remember the excruciating wait for the 7 months before it was released, and (way before the Internet) getting every magazine that even hinted info.
A couple of my friends (all of us were total geeks) dressed up in Star Trek garb, somehow thinking it would make the experience even better… but there was nothing that could prepare us for that first space battle scene. It rocked our world.
In all, I went to 13 theater showings that first year. It exceeded every expectation, and literally made that year bearable. Thanks George!