Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
Saturday, May 29 1999
The first event of the day was the Pangolin School, with Patrick Murphy and Hayden Hale. There were two sessions, beginner/intermediate in the morning, and intermediate/advanced in the afternoon.
The morning session began with a demonstration of the new Lasershow Performer console, and a discussion by Hayden about QuadMod32 in-field servicing. Then the two Pangolin representatives answered questions from the attendees.
Saturday evening Michael Roberts welcomed laserists to his studio for a home-cooked meal at the Open House. The weather was wonderfully warm and clear so most of the laserists gravitated out to the parking lot to network and enjoy refreshments outdoors.
The theme this year was "A Passage to India" with salads, green beans in chutney, saffron sticky rice and tandoor chicken. Mark Schweter also contributed curried carrots and curried potatoes mixed with peas to the meal. Cheese filled ravioli and minestrone were available as alternatives for the vegetarians in the crowd.
After dinner, a scaffold was set up outside and the Spectronika copper vapour laser was placed on top and plugged in. Many people were amazed to see a 5-watt laser running on an extension cord carrying 7.5 amps at 220 VAC! An MDG MAX3000 smoke machine was set up in the lot and various gratings were tried with the laser so that everyone could see the beautiful emerald green and golden yellow colours produced by the laser.
After the party ended, the crew assembled the equipment needed and transported it over to the hotel to set-up the Laser Theatre and prepare the Trade Show room for Sunday.
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