3 December 2011
Remembering an Old Friend
The Amazing Yoda
As this is being written, it is Saturday, the 3rd of December, 2011. Two days from now, on Monday the 5th, will be the anniversary of the death of the great Yoda. And so it seemed appropriate to put some of his work projects up on our "events" section. There are ten YodaVision creations there (so far). We urge you to take a look.
Yoda, you see, was a film maker, the only hamster ever to run his own video production company. He started out making videos of television coverage leading up to the Robert Blake trial, all of which he arranged, edited, and produced on DVD for distribution to friends all over the country. Some of that, but not all, is on YouTube.
Yoda then became interested in promotional video explaining the Hamster For President cause. He produced a 45-minute film in 2002 promoting Potus, the incredibly photogenic candidate for that off-year season. That was followed up by a full-length feature film about the next set of candidates, his grandsons Diddley Squat V and Bupkes. The parts were all made before he passed away, but not put together and recorded to DVD until some time later.
Yoda didn't choose the name for his fledgling production company, YodaVision. Rather, the first efforts were a multi-hamster project but, because Yoda was the one most consumed with the business and the one with all the bright ideas, the hamster community spontaneously started to call it that.
And the work has continued after his death. In fact, it continues today. Currently, Yoda's great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter, Sage, is the hamster campaign's video and communications director. She took over upon the demise of her grandfather, Bonno, great-great-great-great-grandson of Yoda.
Yoda's life was never ordinary. He was born on the 9th of April, 2002, the son of mother Ebony and father Ivory. Both his parents died young. But Yoda went on to become our longest living hamster, a record not broken until three years later when two brothers, both great-grandsons of Yoda, lived even longer.
Yoda's first assignment with the Hamster For President election committee was as its campaign treasurer. The photos on this page show him counting coins donated by many supporters. But because counting small change becomes boring after ten or twelve times, Yoda quickly developed an interest in video entertainment. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Sage has already created two videos for the business and is working on a third. She vows to honor her esteemed ancestor by producing more videos than any YodaVision chief to date. And it's possible that she will, as she took over management of YodaVision at a very young age.
In the meantime, the campaign is exploring possible ways to distribute its two showcase videos, the Hamster For President promotional films made for Potus and Diddley Squat. And, says Sage, the next hamster to compete for the White House will get the star treatment, as well.
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