Bryan covers history, pop culture and all things Star Wars for HowStuffWorks. He's worked as a filmmaker, journalist and novelist, and continues to do so. He does a Star Wars podcast called Full of Sith, wrote a book about a presidential assassination and lives in Salt Lake City.

Recent Contributions

His name is Caroll Spinney, and he's been bringing these beloved 'Sesame Street' characters to life for nearly 50 years.

By Bryan Young

After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the FBI left no stone unturned during its investigation. At one point, the investigation led to a most unlikely place.

By Bryan Young

He's one of the most iconic cartoon characters ever. But why?

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Donald Glover is totally having a moment.

By Bryan Young

Harrison Ford was never a sure thing for the role of Han Solo. It could have been Al Pacino. Or even Freddy Kruger (aka Robert Englund).

By Bryan Young

With the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots heating up, we step back a few decades to look at the first human death by robot.

By Bryan Young

"The Flintstones" were a modern Stone-Age family, but were they early predecessors of Homo sapiens or Neanderthals?

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'The Last Jedi' picks up immediately after the shocking events of 'The Force Awakens,' which doesn't leave much time to mourn the loss of everyone's favorite smuggler.

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Though 'The Last Jedi' is firmly rooted in the present of 'Star Wars,' it references a lot of elements from the original three films.

By Bryan Young

Think "The Last Jedi" only references the original "Star Wars" trilogy? Think again. If you pay attention, you'll see that it's also full of prequel nods.

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Carrie Fisher, who plays General Leia in 'The Last Jedi,' made an indelible mark on every one of her cast mates.

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The international press conference for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" was a secretive affair, but we were on hand and boiled it down to the five most important points.

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Thanos, the purple bad guy hinted at since the very first 'Avengers' film, is finally going toe to toe with the heroes of the Marvel Universe. This can only end poorly.

By Bryan Young

New "Star Wars" movies always bring about more questions. And the biggest question facing those who follow the mythology is why a Jedi Master like Luke Skywalker would want to end his order.

By Bryan Young

With Greek and Roman gods so much more well-known, what made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wade into Norse mythology when they created Thor?

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Because a $100 Droid Inventor Kit may allow you to do just that.

By Bryan Young

To some, 'Star Wars' is akin to a religion, and, like any religion, the debate over dogma and membership is fierce

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Why would a cinematic giant like 'Star Wars' go digital first with its newest stories?

By Bryan Young

When Ron Howard took over the new "Star Wars" film, people wondered how often this type of switcheroo happens. Turns out it's a lot — and it doesn't always end badly.

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The 1993 case of Earring Magic Ken shows how marketing and focus groups can inadvertently create a kitsch classic. Mattel found this out the hard way when they asked little girls to offer input.

By Bryan Young