I managed to get my most wanted autograph today.
Outside of the really difficult ones to collect in person (Lucas, Ford, John Williams, etc), I have always wanted to meet Robert Watts.
I have always missed him on the autograph track, was actually getting distracting by never meeting him.
What a legendary man. His credits with Lucasfilm defined every Generation X childhood.
1977: Star Wars- Production Manager/3rd Unit Director
1980: Empire Strikes Back (Associate Producer)
1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Associate Producer)
1983: Return of the Jedi (Co-Producer/AT-ST Pilot)
1984- Temple of Doom (Producer)
1989- The Last Crusade (Producer)
Out side Lucasfilm he also worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, You Only Live Twice and more....
He told me and Simon that Raiders was his favourite to work on, but Star Wars was so hard to make because of 20th Century Fox. He rejoiced that him and rest of the Lucasfilm crew proved them wrong by doubling their stock price.
He also told us that he was invited to the set of Episode 7. This was the highlight for me. This guy is the original trilogy and he said what he saw from J.J Abrams was fantastic and far superior to the prequels. He couldn't discuss it anymore than that, but he seemed really excited about the project.
I could listen to Watts/Kurtz etc, talk Star Wars all day.