Members of 501st Garrison Carida Star Wars Troop

About This Episode

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” geek out with Tim Gregg, Dan Beltz, and Greg Ochaba, members of the 501st Garrison Carida over everything Star Wars. They talk about the 501st charity missions, what drew them to the group, their first Star Wars experience, and why Scott never saw the original Star Wars (New Hope) movie in theaters.

  • 501st is a worldwide costuming organization composed of over 15,000 members, all volunteer
  • Focus on charity and community work
  • Began in 1997 with the re-release of original trilogy in theaters
  • Rebel Legion is a similar, smaller nonprofit with over 4,500 members worldwide
  • Is it more fun to play the good guy or bad guy?
  • Realizing the comic potential of Storm Troopers
  • Lucas Films embracing the 501st and their work
  • Guidelines, criteria, and review process for costumes
  • Their first exposure to Star Wars
  • Why Tim, Dan, and Greg joined the 501st
  • A young Scott avoided seeing Star Wars in the theater because he was afraid of Chewbacca
  • Being a Star Wars fan and nerd in the 1980s in West PA was tough
  • Personal experiences that resonate with the members including granting a Make a Wish child’s wish, dancing with “Weird Al” Yankovic, and handing out toys at Children’s Hospital
  • The best way to become a member of the 501st
  • How to tell Storm Troopers apart

For more information about the 501st Garrison Carida and Rebel Legion:

501st Garrison Carida (serving Pennsylvania and Delaware):

Ghost Base Rebel Legion:

Upcoming 501st Appearances

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