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Pink Floyd Laser Light show catches up with the times

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St. Cloud State University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy put on a laser light show Friday, Oct. 16, set to the music of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon.”

The show proved to be successful, filling every available seat.

“It was ridiculously cool,” said Roxanne Backowski, a library technician at the Miller center. “I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whole time.”

The event was masterminded by SCSU’s assistant professor of Physics, Todd Vaccaro. A lifelong Pink Floyd fan, Vaccaro has seen Pink Floyd two times, once in 1987 and in 1994. “I was too young in the 70s,” said Vaccaro.

Vaccaro’s first introduction to laser light shows was in 1980, seeing a light show set to Supertramp’s ‘Crime of the Century.’

“That was the main event in my life that made me want to pursue science and astronomy,” said Vaccaro.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy has numerous laser light shows scheduled for the upcoming weeks, including; Laser Metallica, Fright Light II, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall,’ and Laser Vinyl.

Although there is free admittance, there is a suggested five-dollar donation to help cover the cost of the show’s production.

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