I'm sure that's true in your case, but for some that's obviously the whole point: the "official story" has holes so George is probably a big fat liar. For those upset about the prequels, the SEs or Lucas refusing to re-release the OT, it's critical ammunition. He lied about this, what else is he lying about? I'm glad you posted all the evidence. Again, it shows an evolution which is normal. As for George's original intent vs. what he later claimed, who is really to say? He could've shot the scene hoping to keep his options open -- shoot it so it could be used as is while at the same time hoping technology could save the day. That certainly was true of much of ANH's production: shoot it and hope to figure out a way to make it work either through FX or editing later.