The first time I saw the movie was at a drive-in theater with my older brothers. That sentence sums up absolutely everything I remember about that event. I was only six.
Remember, back on letter C, when I talked about our Betamax? My dad rented three movies the first night we had the Betamax: Caddyshack, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars. My vote for first movie to watch was Star Wars. I was outvoted; we watched Caddyshack...But the next morning I was up at the crack of dawn watching Star Wars. I ended up getting a copy of it and I believe I have watched it well over 100 times in my life.
I have a cousin 45 days younger than me, and he only lived 20 minutes away for most of my childhood. He collected Star Wars stuff, too. My mom and my aunt colluded to make sure that our presents didn't overlap on Christmas...I got cool stuff he wanted and he got cool stuff I wanted. Together we had everything.
My favorite movie in the series is The Empire Strikes Back. It is most abundant in awesomeness out of all six movies.
My kids have seen most of the movies, and it's hell explaining which one they are watching. "It's the original one, but it's episode IV...no, this one came first but The Phantom Menace is movie number one...Actually, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith come before this, but this is the first one they made..."
The prequels are not as good as the original movies, but I still like them. I can't not like them, the series is far too ingrained in every fiber of my being, and it's been there since I was six years old. I'm loyal that way.