Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Guide to the Galaxy

This is a Strand Galaxy computerised Lighting control board and this is me operating it waaaay back in the 1980's. You can tell by the hairdo. This was when I was in the midst of knitting my BIG jumpers. I no longer have the Batwing blue Mohair sweater that was really, really, itchy, or the Black and Pink Mohair Intarsia jumper that was too tight, too hot and too itchy. It's no wonder that the consoles used to be covered with black fluff!

The control board was revolutionary for its time - it had its own operating protocol so it was not compatible with any other computerised Lighting board (not that there were many around back in those days.) but it had lots of colour coded buttons and a nice clear layout. I knew that board like the back of my hand and we did some great things together. But, alas, it was not to last.

The Galaxy went the way of all obsolete equipment and it was replaced by the Strand 500 Series PC based Lighting Consoles. I arranged a wake for it and we gave this hard working board a good send off.

1 comment:

M-H said...

Fascinating! Thanks Kate.