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Carson Williams Viral Video

By Chuck, 01/29/2011
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This is the video that EVERYONE was talking about in 2005.

The back story is Carson Williams posted a video on PlanetChristmas in January of 2005.of his Christmas display flashing to the music of Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Soon we forgot about it. In November the PlanetChristmas server became overloaded and I couldn't figure out why. Seems CNN had found the video and did a little story about it on the news... and everyone in the world was trying to see that video. Later in the day the video started cloning itself across the Internet and ended up on YouTube. The PlanetChristmas server returned to normal.

A special thanks to Carson Williams for igniting the computerized Christmas light display passion so many now share.

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This is the video that got me started. I watched it at least a hundred times. Searched for better quality video. I finally decided that Mason Ohio was only 100 miles away. Road Trip! It was December, a full tank of gas, and a mission. Off I went. When I got to Mason, I started asking around for "the guy with the flashing lights." No one claimed to know what I was talking about. I drove around for hours. It was on the drive home that I decided to get involved with computerized Christmas lights. My wife and I did meet Carson at the Louisville PLUS. He wasn't larger than life or anything. Told him the story. We laughed.

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I have to admit that this video is what ignighted my fire for animated displays. I just had to have the Mr. Christas just to satisfy some sort of control. Took me many years to finally work up to LOR. By that time I had amassed a library of sequences and songs.

Looking back at Carson's display compared to many others it seems tame. However, it still has warm spot in my heart and memories.

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