yoda as a generic

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 4 16:54:06 UTC 2010

Victor Steinbok
> However, Lucas referred to Joseph Campbell as "my Yoda"

Yes, that is the most entertaining match I found. The following 1985
quote is from a man who should really know something about Yoda:

I think you can say about some authors that their work is more
important than them. But with Joe (Joseph Campbell), as great as his
works are, there is no doubt in my mind that the body of his work is
not as great as the man. He is a really wonderful man and he has
become my Yoda.
George Lucas,
National Arts Club, 1985


On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> I did not think of looking for "my yoda" as a search string, but a quick
> search for yoda with a possessive pronoun finds no improvement on the
> earlier date.
> However, Lucas referred to Joseph Campbell as "my Yoda". Around the same
> time, Kevin Costner had identified Lawrence Kasdan as his Yoda as well.
> (Kasdan cut Costner out of The Big Chill, where he plays the corpse and
> can only be identified in one scene by his hand, but then wrote a role
> for him into Silverado.)
> http://bit.ly/akptZ3
> The article appeared in a number of newspapers and might be the earliest
> combination of "my/his/her/their Yoda".
>     VS-)
> On 5/4/2010 12:14 PM, Dave Wilton wrote:
>> It's been around a while. From Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 3, "School
>> Hard," shooting script 7/30/1997, by David Greenwalt:
>> Spike talking to Angel: "You think you can fool me? You were my sire,
>> man...you were my Yoda!"
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