As UIC celebrates 50 years, alumni list top 50 events: Star Wars CGI is one of them

(c) 2013. The Vector General system used to create the Deathstar debriefing scene for the 1977 Star Wars film. - Steve Heminover

Participants: Daniel J. Sandin, Steve Heminover, Thomas A. DeFanti, Larry Cuba

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) - back when it was named University of Illinois Chicago Circle (UICC) — the UIC Alumni magazine’s Spring 2015 issue has a wonderfully nostalgic article titled “The Circle” by Daniel P. Smith that highlights 50 moments in the history of the campus.

Number 49 on the list is the computer graphics imagery (CGI) created by the UICC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL - known back then as the Circle Graphics Habitat) for the “Attacking the Death Star Will Not be Easy” sequence in the 1977 Star Wars film.

Read the UIC Alumni magazine’s Spring 2015 article ‘The Circle”.

For additional information on EVL’s Star Wars connection, see:
WTTW “Star Wars Connection”
GRASS programming language
George Lucas has deep roots in Chicago

Date: May 27, 2015

Document: UIC Alumni Magazine (Spring 2015 / Circle)

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