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It’s RIGGED!!!

Today is a special day – election day.  I started this day like every other – getting ready to get out the door – dropping the kids at school, etc..  As I was listening to the radio and the morning news something struck me.  The candidates and pundits were complaining about election tampering, rules, ethics,[…]

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It Happened To Me…

Safety Warning!One of my favorite articles in professional magazines is the one you tend to find in the back – It Happened To Me…  It’s the article that describes and accident and the finding from the investigation to determine what lead up to the failure.  I always learn something from those stories and it makes[…]

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Rigging Block Safety

As I am preparing for the next production, I started to pull together some rigging supplies to rig up a folding sun.  I was looking at my rope blocks and noticed that the wood around the pulley has started to separate and crack. This renders the pulley completely useless (unsafe and unreliable)  and must be taken out[…]

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Halloween

Once again it is that magical time when Halloween approaches. Cooler weather, mountains of candy in stores, pumpkin everything!  Every theatre person is all atwitter with antici………….pation. So, of course that means that it’s time to make new props for your ever-growing hoard of decorations. If you are anything like me, you have already decorated[…]

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Taking Care of Yourself

Recently, I decided to get in to shape, which is no small task for: 1. someone who is staying up late supporting productions on a regular basis; 2. typically lazy about taking care of himself; 3. has a single income family (me); 4. works hard almost every day building shows, supporting shows, and designing shows[…]

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Platform Safety and Use

In the many years that I have been a Technical Director, I have seen many different types of platforms used in many different ways. The one thing that most of them had in common is that they have always needed some kind of repair or fine tuning. When I as a young tech, I was told to[…]