Friday, October 26, 2012

Flashback Friday: 1-19-2010, Day 24 of building R2-TD

After taking some much needed time off to spend time with friends and family, we started building R2's again. It was our first night at Moose's new work shop and we got a few things done on Syrena's and my droids. On Syrena's, Brad worked on cutting the hole for the third legs and starting to fit the interior support brackets. On mine, Moose and I fit the third leg and now ready to have it mounted. We had to make a small adjustments to original hole I cut as when I mounted the interior brackets, I covered part of the hole. With a small cut, everything was better. Just a trip to the hardware store and I will be ready to finish the motor holders and have a free standing droid. Here are few shots of us working on R2-TD.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Flashback Friday: 10-6-2009, Day 23 of building R2-TD

Day 23, I finally finished gluing the center leg. Next Week, I should be able to mount it.

Than I work on chiseling out the pocket vents on the legs.

Brad and Syrena worked on shoulders hubs.

Than Brad and Jason worked on routing the legs.

Jen and Moose put some custom skin on her frame.

I put my legs back on.

Than we all got a treat and got to see T3 move around. Nice work Moose!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Flashback Friday: 9-30-2009, Day 22 of building R2-TD

Day 22 brought work on the center leg. Syrena and I sanded all the leg pieces and than began gluing them.

Steve continued work on routing out and cutting his frame.

Jayson worked on his skirt than cut some more on his dome.

Then we all took turns working on shoulder hubs.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Celebrity Sighting: Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka

Bruce Crawford's Omaha Classic Film Event has announced it's next movie with a  showing "American Graffiti".  The show will be screen on November 2, 2012, 7 pm at the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Hall. The event will bring Actress Shirley Williams and actor Eddie Mekka in as special guests.  Tickets will be $20 and proceeds from the event will benefit the Nebraska Kidney Association.

In 1973, American Graffiti is considered a movie which launched and started many careers. Some of the most notable cast included Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford and Suzanne Summers. It was written and directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz .  Cindy Williams played the part of Laurie who was Ron Howard's high school sweetheart.

In 1975, Williams appeared as Shirley Feeney in an episode of "Happy Days".  She was a girlfriend of the character 'Fonzie' (Henry Winkler) along side another female character named Laverne Defazio (Penny Marshall).  This launched the beginning of the popular TV show "Laverne and Shirley" which aired from 1976 to 1982.  Williams appeared in 159 episodes of the show. In 1977, she auditioned for the part of Princess Leia in the movie "Star Wars"only to be beat out by Carrie Fisher. In the 90's, she went on to co-produce both "Father of the Bride" 1 and 2.

Also appearing at the event is Eddie Mekka. He is best know for his part as Carmine Ragusa on "Laverne and Shirley".  He also went on to have a part on the very popular soap opera "Guiding Light".  On the big screen, Mekka can be seen along side Bette Midler in "Beaches" and also as Madonna's Boyfriend in "A League of their Own".

More information can be found at

Monday, October 8, 2012

Celebrity Sightings: Eric Crouch and Grant Wistrom

Our friends at Fan House Sports are presenting a set of of signing opportunities in the very near future.

Heisman Trophy winner Nebraska Cornhusker and former Omaha Nighthawks quarterback Eric Crouch will be signing autographs at Fan House Sports in the Gateway Mall, Lincoln NE.  The signing will be on October 27th from Noon to 1:30 pm.  Autographs are free on your own item.  Fan House Sports will have items to purchase also.

In 2001, Eric Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O'Brein Award and the Walter Camp Award.  He was also the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the year. He is one of a few quarterbacks in Division 1-A to rush for 3000 and pass for 4000 yards in a career. Eric was the 13th player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1000 yards in a season with 1115 rushing and 1510 passing yards. While at Nebraska, he held records of single season total offense leader with 2688 yards and single game record for total offense of 360 yards. He holds the total offensive touchdown record at 88 and has the most rushing yards by a quarterback at 3434. Eric also has the record for longest run from scrimmage at 95 yards.  

Also coming up is one of the greatest Blackshirts of all time: Grant Wistrom!  Grant will be at Fan House Sports in the Gateway Mall, Lincoln NE on November 24th. VIP signings are available for $75 with a time from 12:30 to 1:30pm.  Public signing is from 2 to 4pm. Autographs will be $25 per item on your own item.  Fan House Sports will also have items to purchase which includes one signature.

Grant Winstrom was member of 3 National Chamionship teams at Nebraska - 1994, 1995 and 1997.  He was first team Big 12 in 1995-1997 and First team All American in 1996 and 1997. In 1996 and 1997, he was also Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Also in 1997, Winstrom was the Lombari Award Winner and the Nagursk Award finalist. He holds Nebraskas record for tackles for a loss at 58.5 and is second in school history in sacks at 26.5. Wistrom was selected 6th overall in the 1998 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams and played in the NFL from 1998 to 2006.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

For more info on these signings, please call Jeff at Fan House Sports at 402-601-6257. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Flash Back Friday: 9-23-2009 Day 20 and 21 of building R2-TD

Days 20 and 21 of R2 brought work on the center foot and work on Steve and Nate's frame's.
Here's some action from Sunday.

Steve works on routering some pieces

Nate works on cutting a few pieces.

Moose and Steve begin to assemble R2's legs.

Steve got a good start and dry fitted his frame.

Denny worked on cutting on his costume.

Day 21 was the regular Tuesday build. 

Nate begins to dry fit his frame.

Moose and Steve routers a few pieces

Brad and Jeff work on routering shoulder hubs for all the droids.