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Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in the original 1977 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP)
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca and Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in the original 1977 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP)
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One of the most beloved characters from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is actually kind of a Massachusetts native. Producer Alison Bruzek visited National Fiber Technologies in Lawrence, a company that created the wookiees' hair for "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and recently created more for the newest installment, out Thursday, "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens."

A few of the thousands of fiber samples at National Fiber Technology (Alison Bruzek/WBUR).
A few of the thousands of fiber samples at National Fiber Technology (Alison Bruzek/WBUR).
Kim Clark co-owns National Fiber Technology with her partner. (Alison Bruzek/WBUR)
Kim Clark co-owns National Fiber Technology with her partner. (Alison Bruzek/WBUR)

National Fiber Technologies is the only company in the United States that makes what they call "four-way stretch long hair." In other words, Chewie's hair!

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Alison Bruzek, Radio Boston producer. She tweets @voteforali.

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The Boston Globe: The 1977 Boston Globe Review Of Star Wars Is A Trip Down Memory Lane

  • "A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars wasn’t quite such a big deal. To rediscover that mythical place, we took a look back in the The Boston Globe archives to find the original May 26, 1977 review of 'Star Wars: A New Hope,' by longtime film critic Bruce McCabe."

This segment aired on December 17, 2015.

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