For a complete roster of the stormtroopers of the 501st squad in 1999 click on the link to the left.
January 1999: Dave Prowse accepts role as "Honorary Leader" of the Legion at Albin's request. Bob Bean has a scan of the plaque presented.
April 30-May 2, 1999: Star Wars Celebration in Denver, Colorado.
It was the first ever all-Star Wars, fully-endorsed convention. They called it Celebration and held it at an air museum. Questions, concerns and problems arose from the first mass flight of troopers with replica weapons and boxes of armor crossing the country. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but several Legion members were there and they made a big splash. One picture actually made it into Entertainment Weekly magazine, our first such appearance in a major magazine. Seen standing next to the boy are actually Swiss Garrison members Pascal Biondi and Marc Baier. I can't remember who's in the picture holding up the 501st sign, but that's the actual sign I printed up and dragged to Dragoncon in 1998. I shipped it out there so we'd be properly represented. So like planting a flag in a new country, our boys and girls claimed their ground in the first ever Celebration!
May 1999: 725th Strategic Insertion Company (Allen Turner in Utah?) co-exists with 501st as small costuming groups trying to build an identity.
Premiere of The Phantom Menace
In 1999 we asked Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, to act as the 501st Squad's Honorary Leader. He accepted happily and, at Dragoncon 1999, shows me his appreciation...
One of our California troopers even made it in the 1999 program for Comicon!