Die Hard is one of my all-time favorite movies and eventhough I was 14 when it came out in the theater, I never had a chance to see it on the big screen.
When it came out on video in early 1989, a friend and I rented it and watched it at his house.
Since his parents wouldn;t approve of him watching an R – rated film, we had to keep switching it off every time they would walk by the room.
Obviously, this was not the best way to view this movie.
I was able to rent it once more on my own later that month and was able to properly watch it at home where my folks has less qualms about what I watched on TV.
Being an avid follower of the future movies to debut on HBO, I was slightly disappointed when I saw that it would come out in August 1989, because I was on a planned organized trip to the West Coast.
Thankfully, one of our advisers was also a HUGE Die Hard fan, so since we were staying in motels with free HBO, we were able to watch it over and over every night that it was on.
The first night, we had a big party in one of the rooms where we all reveled in this amazing movie.
I don’t recall how many times we saw it that summer, but it was lots of fun every time.
Little did we know that there would still be a cherry on top to end our summer of Die Hard.
Towards the end of our trip, we had the pleasure of being part of the audience at a taping of a new TV show that would debuts a few weeks later called Family Matters.
One of the stars was Reginald VelJohnson, who anyone who knows Die Hard, knows him as Al Powell.
We were all so excited when he came towards the stage and we all screamed out “What’s in those Twinkies??”
We got a huge laugh out of him and co-star Telma Hopkins screamed out “Die Hard!!!” and threw her hands in the air.
I have subsequently seen this movie so many times since and it’s by far one of my favorite action thrillers!