Friday, September 25, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH 501ST HONORARY MEMBER MARY FRANKLIN by Denise Vasquez


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"IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MEMBERS"

by Denise Vasquez ©2009


My series "It's All About The Members" began June 2009. If you'd like to go back & read past interviews, be sure to browse through the archives beginning with 501st Legion Founder Albin Johnson on June 14, 2009!


For this part of my series, I would like to feature 501st Honorary Member Mary Franklin


Artwork by Douglas A. Sirois and Edge of LA Productions


When did you first learn about the 501st?

When I was hired by Lucasfilm in 2001 to work on Celebration II. I started working with the 501st at that time because they had volunteered to work at the show in costume.

Did you know you were going to be inducted into the 501st?

Not a clue. It was the best surprise ever!

How were you inducted? Where?

The day after Celebration III, when we were closing down the show, at a pub in Indianapolis. I was so thrilled I refused to let go of the plaque. It sits in my window in my office now, so people can see it from outside, too.

Which Garrison Inducted you?

The 501st Council members who attended CIII. Damien Metz was my sponsor.

When were you inducted? How long have you been an Honorary member?

April 25, 2005

As an Honorary Member, do you participate in any 501st events? If so, Where have you traveled to participate in 501st events & what’s the farthest you’ve traveled?

Depends on how you look at it. If you count my work events, I have traveled all over the world for the events. Tokyo, London, LA….

What’s your fondest 501st memory?

The entire week of the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Of course the parade itself was quite a memory, but even more the week we spent all living, eating, rehearsing, and preparing together. I loved that there were troopers from all over, and they were all working toward a common goal. New Year’s Eve was especially memorable, with troopers toasting the New Year at whatever hour was midnight in their own country.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Honorary 501st member?

I get to be part of one of the coolest groups around, without really deserving it!

Do you where your badge at every convention you attend?

My badge sits here right on my desk, in my line of sight, so I look at it every day and smile. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting to pack it when I go places!

Do you plan on getting suited up?

As an event producer, I have to stay mobile, quick, and mostly out of sight, so a costume would not work for me. But if I ever did costume, I would be a Tusken Raider. They are the coolest aliens, and of course there is the Bantha Tracks connection.

Any upcoming events?

Thousands!


Thank you very much Mary for taking the time to share with us! Stay tuned everyone for more interviews with 501st members, after all "It's All About The Members"!

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