Christmas light show goes national.

Remember the guy I mentioned in an earlier entry about going crazy with Christmas lights that rigged his up so they’d be synced to Wizards of Winter by TSO? Turns out his name is Carson Williams and it seems quite a lot of people are impressed with his display as all manner of news outlets have picked up on the story including the Cincinnati Enquirer. Now he’s showing up on television:

The Internet rocketed the two-story house to instant cyberfame after Williams posted the 2004 light show in February.

It’s been a wild ride for the couple and their two children, Amanda, 10, and Brittney, 11.

“Inside Edition” is scheduled to film a segment this afternoon.

Miller Brewing Company spent about seven hours Thursday filming footage for an upcoming commercial.

“They put fake snow in the yard,” Sherry Williams said.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra – whose music is featured in the light show – invited the family to attend its Cleveland performance Saturday where they received VIP treatment.

“I’m overwhelmed. I am just beside myself,” Sherry Williams said. As of Sunday morning Williams’ original Web site had gotten 848,000 hits and had been picked up by a host of others.

In case you missed the link the first time I wrote about it you can see a video of the light show here. Someone mentioned in the comments that they hoped the neighbors didn’t mind the music blaring all night long, but it turns out that there’s no outdoor speakers being used. Instead Williams broadcasts the music on a low-power FM signal and has a sign in the yard telling folks what station to tune to in order to hear the music. Still, the show pulls in quite a crowd and the neighbors have been pretty good about it so far:

“For me, it’s not too much,” said Williams of the tourist attraction his house has become. “I’m just worried about the neighbors. I tell people, as soon as I get a complaint, I’ll shut it down. I told that to the sheriff’s office, too.”

He stays outside for hours at a time chatting with passers-by and directing traffic.

The Hare family, across the street, can see from their bedroom window.

“We’ve had no problems,” said Dave Hare, 41. He and his wife, Michelle, 44, and their three children, ages 10, 13 and 15, remember the first year the lights went up.

“We called it the psycho house,” Michelle said, laughing. “It was just weird random flashes. Then, he told us about the radio station and it was great.”

They said they hope he’ll keep the show going next year.

“We love Christmas lights and that’s what people do, families drive around to look at light displays.”

Now that’s good Christmas spirit.

 

13 thoughts on “Christmas light show goes national.

  1. I AM AN 11TH GRADE STUDENT AT A COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL. I WAS GIVEN A CLASS ASSIGNMENT IN AP HISTORY TO FIND THE RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION OF 10 FAMOUS PEOPLE; AMONG THEM, RELIGIOUS LEADER’S, POLITICIAN’S, AUTHOR’S AND SOME PRESIDENTIAL CABINET MEMBER’S. ONE OF THE INDIVIDUAL’S ON MY LIST IS DONALD RUMSFELD, SEC. OF DEFENSE. MY PROBLEM IS FINDING HIS RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. I HAVE CHECKED EVERY RESOURCE THAT I KNOW, INCLUDING HIS OFFICIAL BIO., BUT “NO LUCK”….CAN ANYONE HELP ME.  IF ANYONE KNOWS THE ANSWER, PLEASE STATE THE RESOURCE.  THANK YOU.

  2. I call bullshit.

    1. Off-topic for this thread

    2. No public school would give such an assignment

    3. American History is not an 11th grade subject

    4. Why should we help you with your homework

      and

    5. No need to SHOUT.

      If you’re in a college prep school, prepare for a career in the lucrative field of burger-flipping.

    6. For your information Len AP US History is in fact a Junior subject. AP stands for Advanced Placement LEN, so US History is taken in 10th grade and if selected for AP {which I was} it is offered in the 11th grade…LEN.
      Second point…LEN: I never said That I went to a PUBIC school.  I said that I went to a PREP SCHOOL.
      If you don’t know the answer to my question…LEN; don’t waste your valuable time posting JUNK on this site. Trust me, when I am finished with school I won’t be slinging hamburg’s…LEN…
      You have a bad case of C-L-A-S-S E-N-V-E-Y!!!

    7. American History is not an 11th grade subject

      Ouch! It was when I was an eleventh grader…I see your point, though. Long live the trolls.

    8. Hey (I know I haven’t posted in forever, and this is really kinda stupid), did anyone notice he called it a PUBIC school??

      I’d like to know what state this kid went to school in.  Either way, I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to point out the difference between a standardized education and a self-willed one.

      I go to art school, and I can spell and write pretty well.  And I could write a HELL of a lot better than that in junior year of high school.

      If I had to take a wild fucking guess, he’d probably be the same religion as all the other nutcases in office.

    9. Hey Joshman, I am smart enough to know that if I dropped the {L} from PUBLIC, thereby changing the word to PUBIC, a REAL PUSSY would find it!!! Are you still drawing with CRAYON ASSHOLE!!!

      Did anyone ever tell you that when remark’s get personal rather than factual it’s time to revert to nonesense!!

    10. Are you still drawing with CRAYON ASSHOLE!!!

      Judging by this brilliant retort, I would guess that you are still of an age where you are drawing with crayons.

    11. I hate Christmas. I hate the fucking Trans Siberian fucking bullshit muzak crapola orchestra.

      And…you guessed it, I hate monstrously obnoxious holiday decorations that cause accidents.

      Fuck Christmas.

    12. But how do you really feel?  I definitely fall into the Christmas Scrooge category and despise Christmas because of the commercially induced guilt, my favorite radio programs get preempted by Christmas music, damn kids out of school, and the fucking golf course is packed.

      JONAS, it may already be past your bedtime, but I didn’t see any ‘thank you’ posted for GeekMom’s assistance with your homework.

    13. I enjoy the holiday season. I can’t stand all the annoying carols on the radio, and I get annoyed seeing church signs with various messages as “Jesus is the reason for the season” (which isn’t really true) or “You can’t have Christmas without Christ” (which is bullshit). But I do enjoy getting together with extended family, coming home again, presents, and McDonald’s eggnog shakes (the holidays are the one time of the year that I break my usual McDonald’s boycott).

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