On that day, [Denver Post photographer Steve ] Larson was working inside the newsroom. All the other photographers were out on assignment, he recalled, so an editor told him to run upstairs to the Elbow Room [ Post lunch room ] to grab a photo of the three as Kreck and Andrews interviewed them.
“It was kind of a dump. There were cups all around. It wasn’t anything posh,” said Larson, who now runs a small newspaper in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood called The Front Porch. “I think we bought them a soft drink, and we were just sitting there talking.
“It was the normalcy of these kids that got me. She (Fisher) displayed a lot of humor, and Harrison Ford didn’t talk as much as the other two.”
Kreck said they spoke for about 45 minutes.
“They were so young and so enthusiastic and thrilled to be asked to go on a national tour for a movie,” Kreck said. “They were just kids. I think for most of them, it was their first big movie. They were very nice, we laughed and had a good time. Mark Hamill was nice, kinda quiet. She (Fisher) was the peppiest of the bunch and much more willing to talk. I got the impression that he (Ford) was going through the motions.”
The trio addressed subjects ranging from their financial stake in the film, to a scandalous story involving Fisher, published in People magazine, to how they got their roles. And they came hungry, according to the story Andrews wrote about the interview, which ran June 15, 1977.
“Vowing ‘We like junk food,’ the three proceeded to devour everything fistfuls of silver could extract from the sandwich machines at The Denver Post coffee shop — from vending-machine pancakes, to sodas and to a packet of two hard-boiled eggs and crackers,” Andrews wrote. Fisher apparently slipped one of those eggs into her bag because, as Andrews wrote, “when you are out promoting a film on a multicity itinerary, you never know where your next meal is coming from.”
It was unusual for movie stars or other prominent figures to visit at The Post. Larson recalls that if people came for press tours, most ended up at the historic Brown Palace Hotel a few blocks away. Kreck said reporters either interviewed stars in the hotel rooms or over the phone.
“Looking back at it, I think the photo conveyed the informality of the situation. It wasn’t a big production,” Larson said. “Just kids coming to talk about what they were doing.”
I have probably posted this before, just without the story. Back in 2012 we got to see a partial solar eclipse. It was cloudy/stormy where I was so I raced along mountain roads at arrest me speeds until I found a spot to see it and attempt to shoot it. The photos of the eclipse came out like crap. The storms were clearing so I figured there would be a good sunset after. It didn’t disappoint.