Nicasio, California – Fan on the autism spectrum Colin Gilpatric and his mother Peggy wrote a letter to Lucasfilm after he unhappily learned from an official “Stars Wars,” book that Jedi are banned from marriage. The New York Times printed Colin’s full letter in their article on the film company’s strong connection to its loyal fans. It read:
“Dear George Lucas, I don’t like that Jedi cannot get married. I want to get married without becoming a Sith. Please change the rule.”
While most big companies would have replied via form letter, Lucasfilm actually has a dozen staff members whose job is to reply to fan letters, emails, and tweets. The New York Times printed the reply:
Thank you so much for writing to us with your question. It sounds like the force is strong with you, and you are showing great wisdom by asking your question. To be a Jedi is to truly know the value of friendship, of compassion, and of loyalty, and these are values important in a marriage. The Sith think inward, only of themselves. When you find someone that you can connect to in a selfless way, then you are on the path of light, and the Darkside will not take hold of you. With this goodness in your heart, You can be married.”
Peggy Gilpatric was amazed that not only had Lucasfilm replied, but they did so in the language of the Jedi. Clearly, this made Colin’s year.
Contributed by Audrey L. Hollingshead.