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#1 Giraffe

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 08:29 AM

The faces of the twin Tandy Center towers had hundreds of light bulb sockets that allowed workers to configure lights to create images or spell out messages. In particular, I remember two red candles with "flame" (did they flicker?); another time, possibly during a Stock Show, the towers spelled out "GO GO RODEO" vertically.

Anybody remember other icons that were shown on the Tandy Center over the years? How hard was it to change those images? These days it would be rock-simple, with a big LED system, but back then it was just plain old bulbs of different colors.



#2 John T Roberts

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 08:54 PM

The candles flickered. They changed them out from "TANDY CENTER" to Fort Worth area events like "MAY FEST" and "THE CURE". I can't remember some of the others. When the buildings were first constructed, the lights were changed out manually by window washing equipment that scaled down the side of the buildings. I don't know if they ever updated the system or not. The buildings will never be illuminated in this way again because the old light sockets have already been removed from the North Tower and they have been replaced by backlighted bars on every floor. Also, Texas Legacy Bank have placed their logo and letters on the top of the east and west faces of that building.

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:59 AM

I looked forward to the candles every year! I guess they would be a little cheesy now.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:00 PM

I want to say there was also a "Peace" and "Joy" around Christmas.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:51 AM

QUOTE (mnmassie @ Apr 12 2009, 10:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I want to say there was also a "Peace" and "Joy" around Christmas.


I think I remember "Noel" once.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:38 PM

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:21 PM

I remember after the rodeo they had TANDY CENTRE.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:49 PM

STOCK SHOW and UNITED WAY were spelled out also.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:43 AM

I remember it all. As a kid the lights were awesome
Any one remember the star off riverside dr and 4th?
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Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:30 PM


I remember the star very well. It was at some (I thought) kind of erection company at E. 4th near Covello.
The yellow star was actually strings of lights strung between two tall towers on their property and could be seen for miles.
Another item I wished I had gotten a picture of. Last time I looked on either Google aerial or the one on Bing, the structures and the strings of wires could still be seen, though it was daytime. I don't know if any of those structures are even there anymore?




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Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:39 AM

I dont think it is. I think they do other business there now.
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 09:19 AM

QUOTE (FortWorthLowrider @ Aug 21 2009, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I dont think it is. I think they do other business there now.



A company I worked for did business with the company at that location in 2007 (they were a manufacturing facility with an electroless nickel plating service on the side), and at that time the towers and star were still there (I think)...Can't remember the name of the co.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 09:24 AM

My brother lives down the street from the place. next time Im over there Ill check and see. biggrin.gif
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