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MULTIMEDIA: An unusual Valentine's gift: Chewie, but not candy

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 6:44 p.m. CST; updated 7:18 a.m. CST, Friday, February 15, 2013
Aaro Froese, owner of Gotcha Costumes, wears his Chewbacca costume from the "Star Wars" series Thursday morning in the parking lot of Veterans United Home Loans. Froese was hired by Jennifer Glenn to deliver a singing telegram, cookies, balloons and a card dressed as the Wookiee to her husband, Devin Glenn, at work.

COLUMBIA — Jennifer Glenn said she wanted to give her husband, Devin Glenn, an “unusual and hopefully fun, Valentine’s gift,” so she called Aaro Froese at Gotcha Costumes to see what they had to offer.

A six-foot-tall Froese in an officially licensed Chewbacca outift, Han Solo’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon in George Lucas’ "Star Wars" series, worked perfectly.

Decked out in a giant satin heart on top of the wooly suit, Froese delivered a card, cookies and balloons to Devin Glenn at Veterans United Home Loans on Forum Boulevard. Froese also performed an original song in Shyriiwook, or Wookiee-speak, that he’d written after spending time watching Chewbacca videos on YouTube.

My Hairy Valentine from Columbia Missourian on Vimeo.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.


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