|This summer Josh Linden (left) and Terry Birnbaum founded the Saber Legion, which has swelled to 36 charters worldwide.
Courtesy of the Saber Legion
Several months ago in a backyard far, far away (Robbinsdale) a butcher and an IT guy planted the seeds to an awesomely nerdy empire. Star Wars junkies Terry Birnbaum and Josh Linden met through local fan group Minnesota Force. Each had bad-ass replica lightsabers and was eager to make them more than mantle pieces.
Birnbaum, the meat guy, and Linden started hosting hangout sessions they dubbed “burgers and sabers” nights. A gaggle of aspiring Jedi would grill out at Birnbaum’s place and “hit blades together” after feasting. With a handful of their buddies interested in the backyard duels, Linden and Birnbaum sought order and rules to make the get-togethers more fun and safer (these graphite lightsabers aren’t kids’ toys). Thus, the Saber Legion was born.