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Happy Star Wars day! May the 4th be with you.

Poster courtesy Wikipedia

Thirty years ago for the upcoming Empire Strikes Back release, Lucasfilm created a telephone hotline so fans could dial in and hear a short message from a Star Wars character. Each month, fans could dial the hotline and hear a new message, each recorded by the actors from the films. The audio was lost until two years ago, when Lucasfim’s first head of fan relations found an old cassette tape with the recordings on it.

At the time, we created a copy of the telephone hotline, and since we’re big Star Wars fans around here (I have a lifesize Yoda and dozens of vintage posters in my office), we’ve updated it for Star Wars day, complete with a vanity phone number.

Call (630) 92-FORCE ((630) 923-6723) to hear one of the original messages from the Empire Strikes Back hotline. Want to hear more? You don’t need to wait a month for the next one. Just call back. Each time you call, we’ll play a randomly-selected recording. There are five in all.

Outside the US? Call in via SIP at 9991443239@sip.tropo.com or Skype at +990009369991443239. Or call one of the 36 local access numbers listed below.

  • Argentina: +54 11 5984-2386
  • Australia: +61 2 8015 5794
  • Austria: +43 4372 0881063
  • Belgium: +32 2 808 22 55
  • Brazil: +55 21 4042-1307
  • Bulgaria: +359 32 571616
  • Chile: +56 2 581 4801
  • Czech Republic: +420 228 880 542
  • Denmark: +45 69 91 88 21
  • Estonia: +372 668 2581
  • Finland: +358 9 31582742
  • Greece: +30 21 1198 2851
  • Hong Kong: +852 5808 3075
  • Ireland: +353 15 133089
  • Israel: +972 3-372-0385
  • Italy: +39 06 9936 7670
  • Japan: +81 3-4579-0525
  • Latvia: +371 65 187 800
  • Lithuania: +370 5 214 0062
  • Luxembourg: +352 20 88 07 19
  • Malta: +356 2778 0350
  • Mexico: +52 55 4741 1290
  • New Zealand: +64 9-887 4103
  • Panama: +507 836-5542
  • Panama: +507 836-5544
  • Peru: +51 1 7007949
  • Poland: +48 22 307 09 94
  • Portugal: +351 308 800 714
  • Puerto Rico: +1 787-777-1457
  • Slovakia: +421 2/330 026 58
  • Slovenia: +386 1 888 80 26
  • South Africa: +27 21 300 7926
  • Spain: +34 911 23 37 91
  • Sweden: +46 8 446 802 79
  • Switzerland: +41 43 508 22 59
  • United Kingdom: +44 1223 790255

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