Re: So... you know how Owen came to visit LA?
Speaking of the Sith and "Teague-interesting" things... I just discovered that the Sith are giant Martian insects in the John Carter books, which (obviously) have been an important influence on Star Wars.
Also, it has occurred to me that Jar Jar is the only character in TPM who comes close to passing the Plinkett Test (which is probably the reason everyone latches onto Jar Jar in their criticism). Oddly enough, Plinkett himself didn't make that observation.