February 23, 2013
Stephen J. Sansweet turned his passion for all things Star Wars into a second career, a huge collection, and friendships with hundreds of fellow Star Wars fans worldwide. He is now President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit corporation that is using that collection to educate and inspire. Born and educated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Steve majored in journalism. In early 1969 he became a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. After working in the Journal's Philadelphia and Montreal bureaus, Steve was transferred to Los Angeles, where he became the Journal's Los Angeles bureau chief in 1987, a position he held until 1996 when he became Director of Specialty Marketing at Lucasfilm Ltd. His title later changed to Director of Content Management and Head of Fan Relations. Steve left Lucasfilm fulltime in April, 2011, and is currently a consultant with the title Fan Relations Advisor. Not abandoning his love of writing, Steve has written or co-authored 16 books, 14 of them on Star Wars, including The Star Wars Vault, the 1.2 million-word Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles - Memorabilia and Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. In addition to being the saga's biggest collector, Steve is a recognized authority on all things Star Wars, from the making and marketing of the movies and spin-offs to the activities of fans worldwide. He also has served as a columnist for official Star Wars magazines. Steve is a proud member of the 501st Legion, a worldwide grassroots fan costuming and service organization, and an honorary member of many other fan groups.