Star Wars super fan displays memorabilia collection at library ahead of big premiere

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — Corey Rogers calls himself a “Star Wars enthusiast.” But after taking a look at his massive memorabilia collection, you may be inclined to call him something else — like a nerd.

“I’m a proud nerd,” he said. “I’m a geek through and through.”

Rogers, a professor at Paine College, has been collecting Star Wars figurines and memorabilia since he was a kid. He’s got so much of it, that part of his collection is on display at the Augusta Richmond County Public Library.

“It’s part of my life,” said Rogers. “It’s not my whole life, but it’s part of it.”

He showed us his collection of figurines, spaceship replicas and even the one-of-a-kind artwork he’s had commissioned by different artists. When asked how much money he’s spent on Star Wars stuff throughout his life, he laughed and said “probably thousands.”

Like many, Rogers has high hope for the newest installment in the Star Wars series, suggesting that the earlier prequels “fell a little bit short.”

To him, Star Wars is more than a movie — it’s something that brings American families together.

“Those like me that grew up with the original trilogy, are now having children and passing it along to their kids,” he said. “So you have two, sometimes three or even four generations of people appreciating the movies today.”

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