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.