Since 1973, Star Wars has been a core piece of pop culture and now The New York Times is chronicling that cultural impact with pages and pages of NYT articles that covered George Lucas' beloved franchise.
"Four years before the first "Star Wars" movie was released, The New York Times signaled to readers that the sci-fi film was approaching our world. In a 1973 feature on director George Lucas, Judy Klemesrud wrote, "George is currently working on another science fiction screenplay, 'The Star Wars,' which he describes as a 'real gee whiz movie' in the Flash Gordon-Buck Rogers tradition."
The movie title was later shortened and when it opened in 1977, Times film critic Vincent Canby knew he had seen something special. He wrote, "Star Wars is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made."
Source: The Verge