An Angel With A Lightsaber

1 decade 2 years 4 months ago Monday, October 15 2007 Oct 15, 2007 Monday, October 15, 2007 4:45:31 PM CDT October 15, 2007 in News

John Hodges is a professor in the MU School of Social Work who's out of this world.

"I started collecting a figure here, a figure there, and it started evolving into obsessive compulsive disorder," he said.

Hodges now has about 2,000 Star Wars action figures still in their boxes in his basement. He bought most of them on sale or at yard sales, so he didn't have to empty his wallet.

"I do have many that are open as well," he said. "I do buy duplicates, one to open and the other to play with. Sometimes in class, I'll play with them while students are taking a test or something. I'll re-enact battles just to amuse myself."

"When they see the basement, they usually come up shaking their heads saying 'I can't believe it's for real,'" wife Melissa Hodges said.

Melissa is a librarian. She meticulously organized all of the display shelves in his basement.

"A lot of people say 'you must be a patient person to put up with his collection,' but I say it's what makes him happy," she said. "It's a pretty simple thing."

John and Melissa have their own little princess who trusts "the Force" from head to toe.

"I was trying to find a "onesie" it had a little Stormtrooper on it, and it said "stormpooper" on it," John said. "Which I just thought would be hilarious."

The armor he dons, however, doesn't work well with the summer weather.

"In Missouri it gets really hot in the summer, and you have to drink a lot of liquids so I modified my armor so it lifts up, and then I have a second zipper in my body suit," John said.

John paid about $800 for his movie authentic outfit. To him, it's not just a costume. John is part of the 501st Legion, a brotherhood of "bad guys" who travel the country doing good. They've participated in Walking for Cystic Fibrosis fundraisers and have visited sick children in the hospital.

"It's more fun for most of us to role play the bad guys because in our lives, most of us try to be good," John said. "Try to be decent people. George Lucas' whole vision for the Star Wars movies was good hearted. He had really good intentions and wanted to show that the power of human nature, even the ultimate bad guy, Darth Vader, could be redeemed by love."

Love that isn't just in a galaxy far, far away. Underneath John's bad guy armor is a good-guy volunteer.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Since 2013, Columbia Parks and Recreation has been working towards creating a 30 mile trail loop around Columbia.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 3:30:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The mother of a Missouri county jail inmate who died after another inmate attacked him for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 3:16:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – For employees who are scrambling for a last-minute Valentine’s gift, Veterans United has come up with a solution.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 1:10:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a student at the University of Missouri on Thursday on suspicion of rape. Prosecutors have... More >>
2 days ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 12:28:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Science shows moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise is good for us -- it improves sleep; lowers blood pressure;... More >>
2 days ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 11:46:11 AM CST February 14, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
KANSAS CITY — The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, says beginning next week, his office will begin the process of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 5:25:30 AM CST February 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Thursday marks the seventh snow day for Columbia Public Schools. CPS has six snow days built into... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:39:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY - With winter weather moving through Tuesday night into Wednesday, plow drivers were out in full effect to... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:42:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
MARIES COUNTY - Gary Martin Travers Jr., of Jefferson City, has been arrested by the Maries County Sheriffs Department for... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:18:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - MU Health Care and the MU School of Medicine announced that they have hired several former Pinnacle Regional... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:04:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State ethics regulators have fined Former Missouri Governor Eric Greiten's campaign $178,087 for campaign violations. Greiten's... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:42:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On a day when morning low wind chills hit the negative double digits, people in certain professions didn't... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:34:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
MAYSVILLE, MO ( WDAF ) -- Two women in DeKalb County, Missouri, are now facing charges after admitting they locked... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:40:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed one charge of sexual abuse against the owner of a Columbia spinal therapy clinic Tuesday. ... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:12:00 PM CST February 13, 2020 in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police lieutenant who was passed over for promotion 23 times said... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:18:00 AM CST February 13, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - Pinnacle Healthcare System, Inc, Pinnacle Regional Hospital, Inc and their affiliates have filed for reorganization under Chapter 11... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:52:00 AM CST February 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Kandas Holmes-Barnes's has sued Columbia Public Schools and Columbia Police Department after her daughter, A.B., was wrongfully arrested... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:44:00 AM CST February 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Another person connected to the death of Carl DeBrodie pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday. Anthony Raymond... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, February 13 2020 Feb 13, 2020 Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:25:08 AM CST February 13, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
1pm 48°
2pm 49°
3pm 50°
4pm 49°