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Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Today is May 4, and that means one thing: It’s Star Wars Day.

The legions of fans who hail this galaxy-wide celebration are known to greet each other with the phrase, “May the fourth be with you,” a play on the words “May the force be with you,” which were used by Jedi masters in the “Star Wars” movies.

The origins of the “May the fourth be with you” phrase date back to 1978 and were apparently used originally as a Fourth of July greeting. The following year, May 4 became the unofficial “Star Wars” holiday. Some say May 4 date evolved from Margaret Thatcher’s election win in Britain, as her party placed an ad in the May 4, 1979, issue of The London Evening News that stated, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations!”

May 4 was observed unofficially for a few decades until California lawmakers declared the date as Star Wars Day in recognition of Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge opening in 2019. 

The diehard Star Wars fans also know that May is an important month for the franchise, as the original “Star Wars” movie premiered on May 25, 1977, and its creator, George Lucas, celebrates his birthday on May 14.

Few film series have influenced multiple generations as the “Star Wars” movies have. Although I don’t consider myself a fanatic, I have seen each of the films, and each is incredible in its own way. I am amazed when I learn about someone who has not seen any of the films. To each, his or her own, I guess. As Yoda said, “Your path you must decide.”

As for me, I will be celebrating tonight by viewing a VHS tape of “The Empire Strikes Back” … assuming I can find a VHS player.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be a nice one (for once!) today with mild conditions expected. Rain chances move back in tonight and stick with us into Friday morning before tapering off. The weekend looks warm and dry! And it appears warm conditions will stick around this time into next week. Rain chances return Sunday night.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, Des Moines
May 4, 7 p.m.

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Norwalk girls take on state wrestling

First year of Norwalk girls competing in state tournament

By Lindsey Giardino

It’s been four years since the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association created a state tournament for high school girls. This year, though, is the first that Norwalk had any students compete at the tournament.

Maddy Lepley and Madeline Benge traveled to Iowa City this past January, where they had the experience of a lifetime.

Says Benge, “Making it to the girls state wrestling tournament was something I never thought I would do. When Coach [Jake] Brown asked if I wanted to do it, I knew I had to say yes to take this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I went out on the mat with confidence and gave it my all.”

From the April issue of Norwalk Living magazine.

May 3: Iowa Cubs 7 St. Paul 3
May 3: Royals 7 Cardinals 1; White Sox 3 Cubs 1; Twins 7 Orioles 2
May 3: Celtics 109 Bucks 86; Grizzlies 106 Warriors 101
May 3: Flames 1 Stars 0; Avalanche 7 Predators 2; Capitals 4 Panthers 2; Penguins 4 Rangers 3
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Rory McIlroy, Will Arnet, Erin Andrews, Mick Mars, Grace Phipps, Charissa Thompson, Lance Bass, Shameik Moore, Ashley Rickards, George Hill, Alexander Gould, RaeLynn

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
What is a runner's favorite subject in school?
JOG-GRAPHY! OR TRACK-ONOMETRY!  Thanks for those answers Gail Tomlinson and Pat Checketts


Where do they keep the largest diamond in NYC?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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