Rockford residents show holiday cheer with elaborate display

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11351932795519.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jeff Havens’, ‘Visitors to 922 20th St. in Rockford are in for a holiday sound and light show that owners spent nearly a year planning and preparing.’);

With a spectacular visual and audio-coordinated Christmas display, visitors to 922 20th St. in Rockford are in for a terrific holiday light and music treat that owners spent the better part of the last year planning and constructing.

Jeff Damon and Matt Blazer used more than 20,000 lights and an FM radio transmitter to show their holiday spirit at their Rockford residence. The show lasts approximately three minutes, which combines computer-coordinated flashing lights with techno music and excerpts from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie.

Blazer said erecting the lights was the easy part of the display. The difficult task was editing and coordinating the computer-based music and light show.

Signs in the front yard of the residence direct visitors to tune their radios to 100.5 FM to hear the audio portion of the show. The broadcast attenuates approximately one block from the home.

The initial part of the broadcast showcases actor Chevy Chase’s character Kent Griswald, explaining to his son about the reason for an elaborate outdoor Christmas display. The broadcast then segues into a short techno music song to which lights in the yard and trees are synchronized with the beat of the music.

Blazer said all the work to prepare the display was worth the effort, and he and Damon hope for an even better display next year. He added that it brings great joy to know that people appreciate the show.

From the Dec. 21-27, 2005, issue

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