Monday, August 11, 2014

This Day in Pop Culture: August 11, 1973

“American Graffiti” Premieres

On this day in 1973, George Lucas premiered his second full-length movie, American Graffiti (THX 1138 was his first). The coming of age movie set in 1962, is not what Lucas is usually known for. The movie followed a group of teenagers on their last night before they go to college. The film was partially an inspiration for the TV show Happy Days. Coincidentally, Ron Howard starred in the film and Happy Days. Co-star Cindy Williams later became Shirley in the Happy Days spinoff, Laverne and Shirley. Other stars included “no names” like Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford and Kathleen Quinlan.