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Can you guess who the first person is that had a Choreographed light display?

Date:

Location:

Name of person:

I know who it is, can you figure it out?

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are we talking lights, music and all that or just lights controlled by a computer?

Lights and music.

One more question to answer.

How many lights?

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My gut would say Disney's Electrical Parade..

That said... I can't imagine any way to prove it. The only way to do so would be to demonstrate that no one ever had one before it. Good luck with that! :)

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Does a huge star shimmering over Betlehem & angels singing out load count? :)

If yes, what is my prize?

In writing this Thread I though of that being one of the answers, good answer, but not the one I am referring to.

It has to be man made.

If you find the answer on Google then give the link. Searched and could not find it, but will tell you where to find the answer.

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Clark Griswold singing "Joy to the World" as he plugged in his Christmas lights? Oh wait, they didn't come on did they?

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Wow, this is a challenge and I love challenges and puzzles (I guess thats why my wife calls me House). Anyway after doing so quick checking I don't think you will get the answer that you want; a definitive first person, and heres why:

The first "Twinkling lamps"/"Flashing" were introduced in 1955, In Japan and no company or person is given the credit with the invention of this. Actually the first wide spread use was in 1955 so they were already on the market in 1954 or 53 (MY assumption)

The first low voltage transformer set of lights was 1956 until they dissapeared from the market in 1963 due to cost $7.00

ttp://www.oldchristmaslights.com/timeline.htm

The early 1960's was the great revolution and inventive years of the SSR (Google ssr timeline) I find it hard to believe that no one during that time connected low voltage lights to ssr relays even if just to see what happens.

Now asfar as what we know with music and all I would say maybe belive it or not I would say I our very own Chuck Smith (http://planetchristmas.com/History.htm )or Hill Robertson( http://computerchristmas.com/ )

On Hills site there are several references to using the relays for sync in the 90's but no reference to music. Hope this helps:)

[url="http://planetchristmas.com/History.htm"]

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Wow, this is a challenge and I love challenges and puzzles (I guess thats why my wife calls me House).
House just got out of a mental institution...

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I found it, maybe. It was in 1956, the Wanamakers of Philadelphia that started a Christmas Light show at the department store.

Is it the Wanamaker's Christmas Light Show in Phila. around the 1950s timeframe?

Nope - that's the one that I thought eariler today as well. That was a big deal back then.

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My guess: Macys?

It is known all over the world for its window displays in the city.

I know its wrong, but I gave it a shot.

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Date:May 10, 1932 first public show.

Location:Jackson, Michigan

Name of person:William Sparks

He built the Cascade falls in Jackson, Michigan.

I've been there a couple of times. It was all mechanical back in the thirty's through the early 80's when it went computer controlled......

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Gary you may have it!! I've been there too and if I remember right (was 20 years ago) it had music!!

Jim

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Date:May 10, 1932 first public show.

Location:Jackson, Michigan

Name of person:William Sparks

He built the Cascade falls in Jackson, Michigan.

I've been there a couple of times. It was all mechanical back in the thirty's through the early 80's when it went computer controlled......

Nope not that one, but getting closer.

LAST HINT:

1, 3, 8, 9 (re-arrange).

Edited by Dennis Cherry

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