I had just read one of Tohei Sensei's early books when the first Star Wars came out (I think, time has a way of doing funny things to the hazy memories of a misspent youth). That was the "hook" of Star Wars for me. It was so much like this cool stuff I'd read about but wouldn't start actively pursuing for almost twenty years.
If only I'd pursued Aikido instead of the choice I made (door number 2)?!?