Monday, July 21, 2003

SILICON VALLEY VCs IN STAR WARS In Episode II: Attack of the Clones we are introduced to representatives of the various entities that were supporting the separatist forces, including the chairman of the Banking Clan. He was the tall skinny guy who looked like a banker out of central casting from 1930s Hollywood. His name wasn't used in the movie (that I remember), but he has a name, as do all of George Lucas's characters: San Hill.

While San Hill is joining with Count Dooku in his rebellious movement against the Old Republic, it remains to be seen whether the Banking Clan will end up with the Rebel Alliance or the new Empire. Only then will be know if Lucas is dissing the venture capitalists that reside on Sand Hill Road in the Valley.

Other creative naming in Star Wars: Trade Federation Bad Guy Nute Gunray (from Newt Gingrich and Ronald Reagan) and Trade Federation representative to the Galactic Senate Lott Dod (Trent Lott and Christopher Dodd).

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