The 1997 Wally Award goes to Fred Bentham for the lasting impact his inventions have had on the lighting industry. The Wally Russell Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Entertainment Technology was founded in 1992 in memory of its namesake. Bentham is the sixth recipient of the award, which is presented each year at LDI. Past honorees include Charles Altman, George van Buren, Tharon Musser, and Frank DeVerna.
The director of technical development at Strand Electric (now Stra