I remember my mum telling me about the Death Star battle at the end and thinking it sounded amazing. That was the first I heard about it. One of my friends had some Star Wars toys and I didn't know what they were but based on the name I remember trying to imagine what it was about and coming up with something totally wrong but still awesome. Then I finally saw the first movie, which I rented from the local place and that was basically it - I was hooked. The wait (1 whole fucking week, which might as well be a million years when you're a kid) between Empire and Return was unbearable.
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all."
-H. L. Mencken