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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
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  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  1. Thanks for the suggestions. A couple of friends suggested going with theme park music and staying away from the movie songs.
  2. 2012 is in the can and opening night is November 16. While doing a practice run last night, a little boy came up to me and said "I like the Disney stuff. Can you make it ALL Disneyworld stuff?" I thought it was a great idea so I am looking for suggestions for music. Preferably something that is instantly recognizeable as Disney but not necessarily Christmas. Any ideas? Thanks.
  3. Thanks...I understand and will try it.....that is what I wanted worked perfectly but it's a REALLY long fade!!!
  4. I need to fade a twinkle over about 50 secs, How do I that? thanks
  5. Money isn't that much of an object (long story here).No dvr needed, just want to see if the lights come on. don't need great quality. Would prefer wireless
  6. There is abuilding very close by but it has a lot of traffic through it. Security would be a problem.
  7. Just something very cheap. All I need to know is whether it came on or not. Don't need great quality.
  8. I am in charge of a display which is in a public park approx 20 min away. I would like to install a camera that would allow me to watch the display from home...mainly to make sure that it comes on at the right time, etc.It would help if I didn't have to drive to the site every night. I need suggestions as to what camera I should be looking at since I have no clue about these things. Any help would be very much appreciated.
  9. I need help deciding which transmitter would be best for my display. The display is in a public park, the controllers are in a locked box in the middle of a mega tree. There are no buildings nearby. I cannot put an antenna out because the transmiter has to be in the box.Is there a transmiter that does not need an external antenna?
  10. Is there any why to retrieve sequences off an SD card that is being used in an MP3 director? My hard drive crashed and the memory stick that my show was backed up on isn't working either. How can I convert them back to lms programs???
  11. I've spent 2 weeks putting up the display including a 20ft mega by myself. I'm pooped. I'm going to take a few days off from programming and building. I just won't mention FM to any viewers, so I could wait a few days for a trans to be delivered. Thanks for all your help!!!
  12. Tomorrow night is "Lights On" and I am so frustrated with my Wholehouse that I am willing to scrap it even at this late date. What do you all recommend so I don't waste even more money?
  13. Thanks for the help T. All my songs were in the high 90's. What is considered a good level?
  14. Tonight was the dress rehearsal for my show. Everything was spectacular except for one thing and I need quick help. I am using a whole house transmitter and some of the songs (including parts of other songs) seemed way over modulated. Is there any way to solve this? I am using an MP3 show director plugged directly into a whole house transmitter
  15. Thank you, Larry, for your response. I did what you said and they both work fine. I kinda' knew what to do but I appreciate you saving me the guess work.
  16. I received my second controller today. Do I have to change anything in the set up on the channel names in the sequence?
  17. I changed all the timings to .06 and it seems to work better . Thanks for your help.
  18. I reset all the timings to .06 and it works now. Go figure!! Thanks fo all your help!
  19. Looks like just under 0.05 and using led ropelight and C6 lights
  20. I created a sequence to Heal the World by Michael Jackson. There is one section where there are eight mini trees "singing" as a choir. The controller only recognizes about 30% of the flashes. Is it because they aren't on long enough? It was played with an mp3 director and a laptop with the same result. Any suggestions from the pros?
  21. The display I am responsible for is approxiamely five miles from my house. Last year it was a pain in the butt to drive into town three or four times a week to see if it came on and shut off as scheduled. This year I want to set up a webcam just to check if it comes on and off. I have a spare computer and internet access at the park but I have no clue how to set it up. Can someone give me very detailed (and basic) help on how to do this. Specifically what to buy and how to get it on the web etc.Thanks Terry
  22. I sat and chatted with him at a Piston game and he bought me a hot dog and a beer! Class act all the way!!!
  23. I have a song that was sequenced in lor2 at .10 sec intervals. I need to change it to .05 to make the arches flow better. Is there an easy way to do it or do I need to redo the whole song??
  24. Last year I used "Christmas with a Capital C" and had to pull it because of complaints. The display was on public property
  25. Today was teardown day and it was like sending your kids to camp for a year.
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