Amidst all the developments of this tumultuous autumn, a significant industry anniversary passed with little notice. Vari-Lite Inc. turned 20. It was on September 25, 1981, that a Genesis concert in Barcelona, Spain, featured moving light units called Vari*Lites, an event which essentially transformed the lighting industry.
Since then, many other companies have sprung up, offering designers an astonishing array of choices. The growing competition has caused many problems for Vari-Lite,