BW wins awards & Star Wars Geeks 

The annual Idaho Press Club Awards were held this past Saturday night and Boise Weekly walked away with a few weekly newspaper categories. We'd like to brag about Nicholas Collias, who defended his headline writing title, winning first place for the second year in a row. He also won honorable mention in Serious Feature Report with "The Low-Use Segment" and third place specialty column for a selection of three movie reviews.

Erin Ryan won third place Light Feature Report with "Karaoke Fever: The Many Voices of Manilow" and she also came in third place for Rookie of the Year.

Leila Ramella, BW's Art Director, won third place for Page Design.

And last, but not least, BW won third place General Excellence.

On another note, I've got a little bit of a beef with advance ticket sales for anticipated summer movies. In days of yore, it was a cultural phenomenon to camp out for the first showing of big movie releases. The one (and only) movie franchise able to attract such frenzied fans was, and still is, Star Wars. But with the advent of advance ticket sales, this phenomenon of camping out on the street to be "first in line" has fallen by the wayside. I'm upset for those geeks in our society who looked forward to the little bit of media attention they could ever hope to garner for themselves in their entire lives.

What's even more sad is that when the last few camping Star Wars fans did began lining up in Hollywood last month for the final Star Wars movie, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, opening on May 19, they found out that they were lining up at the wrong theater. But rather than move to the correct theater, they remained at the old one rather than lose their places in line. Way to be headstrong ... geeks.

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