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May the force be with Baltimore: City vying to host 'Star Wars'
Baltimore Business Journal - by Julekha Dash Staff
Lucasfilm Ltd., creator of the "Star Wars" series, is eyeing
Baltimore for a four-day convention to be held either spring 2009 or
spring 2010. Winning the convention would boost Baltimore's tourism
business because of its size and media attention surrounding "Star
Wars," one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons, local tourism
"It would be a great coup for Baltimore," said Melissa "Missy" Geppi-
Bowersox, executive vice president of Geppi's Entertainment Museum.
The Camden Yards pop culture museum houses many "Star Wars"
collectibles and is expected to draw attendees from the
convention. "We're talking about generations upon generations who
loved the movies," Geppi-Bowersox said.
Baltimore is competing with Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis and
Orlando, Fla., for the fan gathering to be known as Celebration V,
said Steve Sansweet, director of content management and head of fan
relations for Lucasfilm.