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Just what is a nerf herder? How do you herd nerfs?

August 22, 2008

A long time ago, when I was just a teenager, I was walking through my local Borders bookstore.  I’m not really sure what I was doing in there in the first place.  I think I was probably waiting for my dad to pick something up.  As I blindly walked through the store, something caught my eye.  It was something I had never seen before.  It was a big box set titled “Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama”.  It was presented on 13 audio cassettes, if I remember correctly.  I remember thinking at the time, “Star Wars?  Radio drama?  How the hell did they manage to pull that off?  Star Wars has so many visual effects that a radio drama would be pointless!”

Well, I was wrong.  Apparently, back in 1981, National Public Radio broadcast this radio drama.  They managed to get some of the original cast to perform the voice acting, including Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0).  Other characters received new voice actors, including Perry King (playing Han Solo, a part he also auditioned for for the original movie version) and Brock Peters (playing an incredible Darth Vader).

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