The Big Adios: Ira Keeler

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Ira Keeler holds a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere. As a designer with Industrial Light and Magic, he designed the costumes for the Stormtroopers you see on the screen in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and they’ve been a recognizable design used ever since. After a long battle with an unknown illness, Keeler passed away in April 2021. But, the Golden Gate Garrison, a bay area cosplay group, wanted to do something special to send off the man responsible for the costumes they continue to wear decades later.

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