"That's a myth," Lucas said, politely but firmly."That's definitely a myth."
~Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
holds that the cranes of the Port of Oakland were the inspiration for
the AT-AT walkers in Star wars. These structures have since turned into a
symbol for Oakland and are frequently sported on t-shirts. I went there
to have a look myself, made some drawings, listened to people and spice
it all up with what George Lucas had to say on the matter (not to me,