30 years ago - Jack Knight is born.
25 years ago - 5-year-old Jack's father Ted Knight has a nervous breakdown when his secret lover is almost killed.
11 years ago - 19-year-old Jack buys his antique store.
9 years ago - 21-year-old Jack's father Ted Knight is diagnosed with cancer, which leads to his brother David Knight becoming the new Starman.
6 years ago - 24-year-old Jack's brother David Knight dies, and his father Ted Knight insists that he take over the legacy of Starman. He agrees, but only if Ted begins releasing his scientific research publicly.
4 years ago - 26-year-old Jack's girlfriend Sadie reveals that she's pregnant.
3 years ago - 27-year-old Jack's son David is born. Ted Knight sacrifices himself to save Jack & his family, telling him to live his life.
2 years ago - 28-year-old Jack passes on his cosmic rod to Courtney Whitmore, who changes her name to Stargirl to honor his legacy.
There's been a lot of restructuring of the stories of all these characters to make them into a single continuity and for the most part we're pretty comfortable with what we've put together. One of the only characters we're a little sad to have tampered with is Jack, specifically because the story crafted by James Robinson is so fantastically lush and complete, with such a wonderful eye for honoring what came before. Robinson actually has a deal with DC that they can't use the character without his permission (how he got that, I have no idea). The result is sumptuous storytelling.
Unfortunately, we deliberately shifted some of the bedrock of the Starman legacy in order to make the other characters work chronologically, We dug into Jack Knight's story and tried to lay the groundwork so that our changes have as little effect on his story as possible, and for the most part we've succeeded. The only real exceptions come when his path crosses with either the Will Payton or Prince Gavyn Starmen, both of whom we've re-appropriated for other roles. Also, his girlfriend Sadie is Will Payton's sister in regular continuity, so that's another connection we had to sever.
Still, the vast majority of his story is intact, which is a real blessing, because its just so, so good. I'm going to go read it again.