TechnoRetro Dads: The Making of The Star Wars Holiday Special Holiday Special

by TechnoRetro Dads

Thirty-nine years ago, The Star Wars Holiday Special made its singular appearance before television audiences.  For years, people have wondered how it got made in the first place.  Forty-five minutes from now, you will know the truth.

Before November 17, 2016…before November 17, 2015…before November 17, 2014…before November 17, 2013…even before November 17, 1978 — there was November 17, 1977.

“The Making of The Star Wars Holiday Special” Holiday Special


Happy Life Day!

The Star Wars Holiday Special has entertained fans for thirty-nine years.  Whether people love it or hate it — whether they enjoy it or poke fun at it — The Star Wars Holiday Special is a piece of entertainment that has long outlived its intended life span.

As a special treat for all EarBuds, this special TechnoRetro Dads “The Making of The Star Wars Holiday Special” Holiday Special will reveal just how this legendary piece of Star Wars lore came into existence.  Listen in to an actual reenactment in the boardroom where The Star Wars Holiday Special was initially conceived and the concept was developed forty years ago today: November 17, 1977.

The Actual 1977 Audio Clips

Without these sets of interviews, segments of popular shows, and the fabulous behind-the-scenes TV special, The Making of Star Wars, this episode of TechnoRetro Dads would not exist.  (Perhaps, The Star Wars Holiday Special would not exist, either.)

These clips from 1977 are as follows:

  • A 1977 Bobbie Wygant interview with Harrison Ford
  • The 1977 BBC Blue Peter Interview with Mark Hamill
  • A 1977 BBC Parkinson Show with Alec Guiness
  • The Mike Douglas Show from 1977 with Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, & Mark Hamill,
  • Candid Camera
  • Donny & Marie Osmond Show (S3:E1)
  • The Making of Star Wars Television Special

The 2017 Cast of Reenactors

We get by with a lot of help from our SuperFriends.  Thanks to Scott Ryfun of My Star Wars Story, Mike Macdonald of The Sandcrawler on, and Steve Glosson from The Big Honkin’ Show, Geek Out Loud, Disney Vault Talk, Mark Out Loud, DVT Star Wars Rebels, Rock Out Loud, and anything else on

Are You New to The Star Wars Holiday Special?

We’ve been covering it for four years.  This is the fourth episode.  If you would like to hear other episodes, check the links below:

“The Lumpy Peanuts Made Me Itchy”

(features Skot Kirkwood from

“Holiday Special 2014”

(with Joe Tavano from Brews & Blasters on, Sheldon and Chase Norton of Rebel Force Radio, Chris Hamilton from The Star Wars KidsCast, and Mike MacDonald from The Sandcrawler on

“Holiday Special 2015”

(features Art Director and Concept Artist Paul Bateman from Rebel Force Radio’s Star Wars Influences)

“Holiday Special Special Edition Remix”
(expands the story from the 2014 Holiday Special with additional the additional talents of Scott Ryfun of My Star Wars Story and Dinner 4 Geeks and Steve Glosson of the GOLiverse)

The Star Wars Holiday Special

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Join shazbazzar and JediShua each week for a look back at the ’70s and ’80s as they share the fun and also fandom of their youth with their families, friends, and EarBuds. Topics include TV, film, music, toys, and games of the ’70s and ’80s as well as franchises which have continued into the 21st Century, like Star WarsTRON, and Buck Rogers. TechnoRetro Dads is a blend of new stories as old legends are then passed down from one generation to the next.

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