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city: modesto

modesto junior college

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After getting in a car accident in high school, a young George Lucas decided to give up his dream of race car driving and further his education.

He began his post-secondary education at Modesto Junior College (the oldest community college district in California) where he earned an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to the University of South California film school.

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george lucas plaza

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At the Five Points intersection in Modesto, CA (McHenry, Downey, Needham, 17th and "J"), the town paid tribute to their favorite son by dedicating a statue to American Graffiti and naming the intersection George Lucas Plaza.

Although it was shot in Petaluma, Lucas was raised in Modesto and based much of the California cruising culture in American Graffiti on his experiences there. When Lucas was a lad, this intersection marked the end of downtown and the beginning of the farmland that surrounded the city.

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roosevelt junior high school

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George "Jar Jar" Lucas went to middle school at Roosevelt Junior High School, home of the Rough Riders.

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l.m. morris co.

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George Lucas's father, George Walton Lucas Sr., managed a stationary store at this intersection called L.M. Morris Co.

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george lucas boyhood home

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George Walton Lucas was born on May 14, 1944 in Modesto, California.

His father, George Walton Lucas, Sr., ran a stationery store and owned a small walnut orchard. His mother, Dorothy Ellinore Bomberger Lucas, came from a prominent Modesto family.

The family lived at this residence until they moved to a ranch house in the walnut grove north of Modesto. As a boy, Lucas loved comic books and TV serials of the 30s and 40s, including Flash Gordon.

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