By: Dominic Jones
Anyone who's been to a Star Wars Celebration knows just how fantastic they are. This is due in large part to the efforts of one woman, Mary Franklin. Mary, who joined Lucasfilm in 2001, is leaving Lucasfilm and going to work for Reed Pop, who she has been working with on the last several Celebrations (including the upcoming Celebration Anaheim happening this April 16th-19th).
Former Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm and owner of Rancho Obi-Wan, Steve Sansweet broke the news on his Facebook Page, posting,
"Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to my good friend Mary Franklin as she moves on from Lucasfilm and goes to work on the east coast for Reed Pop, which runs Star Wars Celebration under contract--so she still will be intimately involved with the event while working on Reed's international pop culture conventions.
I am so proud of the fact that I hired Mary in 2001 and that she far exceeded everyone's expectations from the first day--and remains a passionate Star Wars fan. From cattle herding, penguin wrangling, weight lifting, commercial fishing, and public relations to director of events and fan relations at Lucasfilm, it's not a cliche to say she's done it all!"
On behalf of everyone here at The Star Wars Underworld, I would like to thank Mary for her tireless efforts working Star Wars Celebrations past and future and wish her the best of luck in her new job at Reed Pop!
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