“Retreat, all craft prepare to retreat,” says Erik Bauersfeld, chuckling as he reads a now-famous line from the original “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” script.

Bauersfeld, the man who voiced both Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in “Return of the Jedi,” has been an essential figure at Berkeley’s own KPFA radio station for the past 31 years. How did we nerds at the Clog not know about this until now?

Luckily, he was open to meeting with us.

As we sat, anxiously awaiting his arrival, we began to wonder what the Admiral would look like in the flesh. Would he be mightily imposing? Would he intimidate the bejeezus out of us with his deep and booming voice? Was this all a trap? read more »