Friday, March 1, 2024

March 7 Declared International Laserist Day in Honor of Ivan Dryer

March 7 was declared “International Laserist Day” by the International Laser Display Association (ILDA). Every March 7 is a day for recognizing the people and companies who design spectacular laser shows and laser art throughout the world.

Ivan Dryer (L) receives award at 2014 IMERSA conference

ILDA encourages Member companies and all laserists to celebrate this day through open houses, special events, press releases, etc.

International Laserist Day was approved by the ILDA Board of Directors at their March 2017 meeting.

March 7 was chosen because it is the birthday of Ivan Dryer, the “father of the laser light show industry.” He was the first person to present laser shows on a continuing basis to a widespread audience, through his Laserium® planetarium shows. The term “Laserium” especially in the late 20th century was synonymous with artistic shows that focused on laser light alone (e.g., not as part of a larger concert or special event).

Dryer was the first recipient of the ILDA Career Achievement Award, in 1990. More information about Dryer is here.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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