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Good morning, world!  I hope this finds you well, and I hope you woke up happy and healthy!

I’m very humbly writing this post to reach out to our extended Reader Family — Fox and I make JimOnLight.com for a world readership of 193 of the 196 independent countries across Earth, and we’ve covered things from the amazing to the mundane and everything in between over the last six years.  We’ve been growing full-speed every day ever since I wrote the very first JimOnLight post back in 2008!  I’m doing this full time now, and I’m reaching out into the digital international to ask a small but urgent question:

Will you take a few moments and donate to JimOnLight?

We’re not looking for tens of thousands of dollars, we’re just trying to raise between $7500 and $9900 to cover the costs of server space, maintenance, relocating, and allowing us to keep writing JimOnLight.com for you!

If you have a few extra bucks sitting around somewhere and want to help us out, click on the donate button just below here — it takes just a few seconds, and you can donate via credit card if you so desire, it costs you nothing!


We’ve also cut our advertising space costs over 65%, so if you’re a company wanting to get your wares seen in front of one of the top most dedicated readerships in all of the Lighting Industries, get ahold of Jim through email at jim@jimonlight.com or the contact form, at jimonlight.com/contact.  We’ll look forward to your email!

WHY Does Behind The Scenes STILL Have Holiday Cards?!

So, for those of you who don’t know, there is a pretty cool organization called BTS, or Behind the Scenes.  They’re always at the tradeshows, and the people in their booth are great folk.  BTS is an initiative of the ESTA Foundation, aiming to help out industry folks when they’re down and out.  BTS does a good thing, and has helped some very, very talented people get back on their feet after falling from the sky because of illness or injury.

UPDATE:  Something TOTALLY crazy, I realized today that I know a BTS recipient!!!  “Heavy Metal Mary,” as she is called, is a friend of a friend.

Right now, BTS is trying to get all of their Holiday cards ordered up – and the deadline is SEPTEMBER 8!  They have four awesome designs, all done by people working in the biz to benefit the biz.  All of the proceeds from this Holiday card sale go to benefit Behind the Scenes recipients.  I don’t know of a better way to help than this without having eleventy trillion dollars to donate, which I don’t have.

From BTS about the cards:

The 2011 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards were created by an impressive lineup of all-star designers—Andrew Hefter, Seth Jackson, Derek McLane, and Jim Youmans—and proceeds go to Behind the Scenes, a charity helping entertainment technology professionals who are injured or ill.

Seth Jackson has designed tours for two decades for Don Henley, Jason Mraz, Hilary Duff, Melissa Etheridge, American Idols Live, Barry Manilow, Carrie Underwood, and Toby Keith, to name a few. He’s also a two-time Parnelli Award winner, and has received the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Award of Distinction.

Derek McLane is one of today’s most sought after designers, with designs seen on Broadway in this year’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Anything Goes revivals on Broadway. His design for 33 Variations won him a Tony Award, and his Ragtime and Pajama Game revivals each earned Tony nominations.

Jim Youmans has designed award-winning scenery for Broadway and other live events, as well as for television and media environments. Some of his many designs have includedGypsy (Patti LuPone) and Swinging on a Staron Broadway, as well as Matt and Ben, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jeffrey, and The Swan (Public Theatre) Off-Broadway, among others.

A perennial favorite, talented young photographer Andrew Hefter returns with an encore performance of his popular design from 2008 in response to requests from those who missed out on this sold-out card the first time around.

Three ordering options are offered, including personalized cards with a company logo and custom message (minimum 250 cards), card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, and electronic versions to be sent via email as a jpg, gif or pdf.

Orders will be taken until September 8, 2011 to arrive by early November. All proceeds benefit The ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program. View and order cards at the link below. For more information, please contact Kacey Coffin at +1-212-244-1421 or holidaycard@estafoundation.org.

Check out the card designs – very cool:

 

…and perhaps my favorite…

Jump on it, everybody.  Help our industry help ourselves.

 

Help A Killed and An Injured Brother in the Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse #hoosierstatecollapse PLEASE RT

UPDATE:  I have received information on how to make donations to Nate Byrd’s family.  Send donations to:

IATSE LOCAL 30
ATTN:NATHAN BYRD FAMILY (you MUST SPECIFY)
1407 EAST RIVERSIDE DRIVE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46202-2037

Right now we have a task to do for our fallen brother’s family in Indiana, everybody.  Nathan Byrd was up in the truss when it fell to the ground in a storm.  He was working to support his two kids, who are now in need of support because their father died in the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 14, 2011.  You’ve read the articles I’ve written about the disaster, and undoubtedly seen the video.

Nathan Byrd’s obituary:

Nathan Lee Byrd
51, of Indianapolis, passed away August 14, 2011. He was born September 24, 1959 to Alvin Lee and Loretta J. (Wilkerson) Byrd.

A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Nathan was a graduate of Manual High School. He was a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local #30, where he was instrumental in the erection and lighting of stages for various venues in the Indianapolis area. He was a member of Calvary Tabernacle.  Visitation will be Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel , 3333 E. Thompson Rd., with funeral services Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Tabernacle, 902 Fletcher Ave.  Nathan is survived by his parents, Alvin and Loretta Byrd; children, Trevor and Natalie Byrd; siblings, Randy Byrd, Kim Byrd, Marilyn Barfield (Joe), Scott Byrd and Bryan Byrd. http://www.shirleybrothers.com

This is a rough time for the families of all involved.  If you can do anything to help Nathan Byrd’s family, I know that they would be so grateful.  The brothers and sisters of IATSE Local 30 have started a fund for Nathan Byrd’s family at http://www.cicf.org/.  I’m so sorry I don’t have many details on the fund yet, but perhaps CIC will.  Shirley Brothers located above in Nathan’s obit might also know of ways to help the family.  If you have a few bucks, please help them out.  This is, as you can imagine, is not a good time for them.  If you can’t afford to help, then help yourself as we all have to do.  JimOnLight.com is making a donation.  If you have the means to help, skip a month of lattes, that’s what I’m doing to help this family.

Luck shone on Steve Stover, a stagehand from IATSE Local 30 who was also in the truss when it fell, but managed to not be killed in the fall.  From the last I heard about this after checking in on it, Steve is still in ICU in critical condition, is expected to make a recovery, but he’s apparently in for a long-winded recovery.  Lighting Designer Cosmo Wilson is asking that we send Steve a card for when he comes to in the ICU.  I just filled one out, slapped a stamp on it, and it is on its way.  If you wanna send Steve a little note, please do so by sending it to his hospital room:

Indiana University Health
Steve Stover / Room A5216
PO Box 1367
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Thanks for everything you do, everybody.  Help if you can, and send good thoughts if you can’t help out right now.

We need to have industry professionals involved with this investigation.  Somebody like Bill Sapsis, Erich Friend, somebody with the engineering background and the knowledge of our systems.  Perhaps they’re already involved, I personally do not know, but no one is doing or saying anything outwardly to put any comfort into this situation.  Our voice is the loudest when we speak as one people, one industry.  If you feel that you want this investigation made by people who are industrial professionals, please make your voice heard, leave a comment here.

Help Haiti

My heart goes out to the people in Haiti right now. They are suffering, they have been beaten down, and many tens of thousands have died – estimates range as high as 40,000 to 50,000 dead with 3 million+ being displaced and homeless. I have a horrible cold feeling that those numbers are low, no matter how hard I try to send good vibes to the people of Haiti.

There are things we can do, and right now the best thing we can do is send money to charities that are providing relief and assistance to the Haitian victims. Buit before all that – be really careful though – there are people who think you’re all a bunch of suckers, acting nefarious and profiting on the suffering of millions in Haiti. Unfortunately we have to take care in giving. Give money to charities with a history of helping in Haiti – not companies who just started up and have no idea. Also, give to reputable companies, not orgs trying to profit from others’ misery.

One such group that I would shy away from giving to right now is Wyclef Jean’s YELE Foundation – YELE has been paying Wyclef for a while, and “Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert.” That’s too bad, Wyclef, because whereas I thought “Gone Till November” was an okay song, now I think you’re a criminal scumbag. Everybody, give money to The American Red Cross instead of giving it to YELE, they’re just going to pay Wyclef. For details on this BS, check out The Smoking Gun’s listing of YELE’s tax returns.

So – places that I would feel comfortable sending money to for this cause would be (and each org is linked):

There is also an exhaustive list at Charity Navigator, with ratings and tax info for your own judgement.

Let’s help these people.