When Star Wars came out, I was pretty little, but my brother and the neighborhood kids and I would all still play as the characters. I’ll let you guess who I got to be. I was lucky to have a heroine like Princess Leia to have as a role model. She ran around with the guys and shot a gun and all sorts of other stuff, and wasn’t just a damsel in distress to be rescued. I loved her smart mouth and tough attitude. I work in the wonderful industry of geeky pop culture, and Carrie Fisher and I have probably been in the same building lots of times, though I never got to meet her.
Her passing has made me terribly sad, and reading the many tributes from all of my friends on social media, it seems that she touched them as well. I know the next installment of the saga will be bittersweet.