For an engineer, there are certain TV and Movie experiences that border on the religious – Star Wars is of course one of those. That is why PADT’s main office in Tempe closed down today to head down the freeway to the Chandler to see Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.
Around 370 employees, family members, friends, vendors, former employees, and customers showed up for the 10:00 am showing. We were confident that JJ Abrams would do a great job, because he did so well with an even more important franchise to PADT, Star Trek. We were not disappointed. There were cheers, there was laughter, and several of us confessed in the lobby afterwards that we teared up a bit. A true treat.
I want to thank Josh Heaps here for putting it all together and for dealing with our constantly asking him about when and where it was and how many seats the theater had.
This is also a great venue to thank our customers and vendors for coming and for bringing your families. We don’t get to see many of you often enough, and rarely outside of a meeting or a phone call. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s face after the movie was, as they say, worth the price of admission.
Customers, friends, and families joined PADT’s employees for a private screening of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” last Friday afternoon. We had such a great turnout that the only seats open were in the front row.
Watching a movie like this with a group of technical people is a lot more fun than a general crowd. Many of us are long time fans so we truly enjoyed sharing some of the inside jokes and tie-ins to Star Trek: TOS as well as the older movies.
We want to thank everyone who was able to make it and we are already looking at upcoming films to find the right one to do this again with. And yes, we will get a bigger theater next time.