Why "A Long Time Ago..."?

What:
Panel
When:
Friday Aug 19   01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (1 hour)
Tags:
Star Wars Film
George Lucas set Star Wars in a Galaxy far, far away, but also a long time ago.  What is the importance of setting his saga in the distant past?  How would our perceptions of it have been different if it were set in our time in a galaxy far, far away or if it had been set in the future?

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