The City by the Bay blundered again. After losing the 49ers to Santa Clara and rejecting the Golden State Warriors plans for a new arena, San Francisco offended George Lucas to the point that he has decided to locate his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LUNA) to Chicago.
It seems the storm troopers who guard the Presidio Land Trust were unimpressed with the idea of having the museum on grounds near Crissy field. So the Jedi master simply took the alternative route and agreed to build his empire in the Windy City.
Now the thoroughly chastised elite in San Francisco are engaging in the time honored exercise of finger-pointing. There is no Jedi mind trick they can utilize to reverse this unwise decision. Even princess Diane Feinstein’s calls for a reformation of the Galactic Senate, (i.e. the Presidio Trust Board), has fallen on deaf ears and cannot stop the result.
But, in truth, LUNA belongs in San Francisco, or at least somewhere close to Silicon Valley. Star Wars is an iconic science-fiction series—soon to be expanded by the rats at Disney. The entire saga embraces technology and inspires those who dream to develop products that were once regarded as impossible. The United States already has droid planes and vehicles. Is a droid “army” not far behind (or already here)? We have an abundance of computers, robots and lasers at our disposal. At NASA, we study galaxies that are far, far away and a long time ago.
Chicago’s most recent claim to fame is a dispute with Sith master Donald Trump. The battle focuses on a sign that reputedly mars Chicago’s architectural landscape, which is the pride of the city. While the Windy City doesn’t have a Golden Gate Bridge, it does have the iconic Willis Tower. Chicago is also a place where pizza is eaten with a fork and fans cheer for a lousy baseball team every year—unless one lives on the Southside and roots for the White Sox.
Chicago is not a place where the world’s technology or innovation or even museums come to mind. It is not New York. In fact, they don’t even have a building for housing artifacts of their most famous tenant. Where is the Al Capone museum? Oh yeah, San Francisco built one—it’s called Alcatraz.
To paraphrase Harrison Ford in another great role: “The Millennium Falcon belongs in a museum—in San Francisco.”