Episode 222 – Bantha Tracks and the Birth of the Star Wars Fan Club

This week we are taking a look at the long and fascinating history of the original Star Wars Fan Club and the newsletter that was the source for all Star Wars information, Bantha Tracks.  From Celebration to The Star Wars Show, Bantha Tracks set the standard for what it means to be a Star Wars fan.  How did it relate to the zine fandom culture of time?  Who is Maureen Garett and why is she so important to Star Wars fan history?  What was the story of the sequel trilogy in 1980?  And just WHO is Professor Tumbleseed?  Listen today and celebrate the love!  

Sources : 

Retracing Bantha Tracks by Kevin Fitzpatrick, Star Wars Insider 41

Following the Bantha Tracks by Chris Fawcett, Star Wars Insider 59

The Making of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi books by JW Rinzler

Amazing Star Wars Zine by Kara DJ:


Bantha Tracks Archive at Jedi Temple Archives