Laser history links

Below are some links to laser history websites etc. We welcome submissions to add to this list. Also, if any of the links below should no longer work, please contact us so we can try to fix the link.

Laser Fantasy

Item 3 on this February 2019 online story "Long Gone Minnesota" is about Laser Fantasy, one of the largest lasershow companies in the U.S. in the last century. The item is from when Floyd Rollefstad, founder of Laser Fantasy, was closing his Minneapolis laser theater. The company later relocated to Seattle. The story includes a February 15, 1982 video about Laser Fantasy. A screen capture from the video is shown below.

Science Faction

An online Tedium magazine article, "Frickin' Laser Beams" is about Dick Sandhaus' company Science Faction, one of the early pioneers.

Holoco and The Who

A magazine article from February 2010, "Strung Out On Lasers: The Who's John "Wiggy" Wolff and a cast of fellow pioneers tell Jerry Gilbert the story behind laser technology's emergence in the rock'n'roll touring world."

Doug McCullough

An undated Shindig magazine article about the co-founder of Audio Visual Imagineering, and current president of Laser Show Design. This actually describes his pre-laser activities with liquid light shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which eventually evolved into AVI and laser shows.

History of lasershow controllers

This is a thread from the forum, about the history of lasershow controllers and software. As of February 2019 the thread has 153 posts.


The LaserShowWiki is "dedicated to mind mapping the laser show industry and hobby." As of February 2019 it has information about:
  • Laser Show Content Production Companies
  • Analog Consoles
  • Computer Software
  • DAC computer-software interfaces
  • Tape-based laser storage
  • Ion gas laser information
  • Diode laser information
  • Lasers in music videos

Early history of laser graphics

Some webpages put together by Patrick Murphy. Pages discuss Laser Displays Inc., Laserium, Murphy's pre-Pangolin activities, a discussion on the Laserist List, and links to other lasershow history websites

Leaping Robot Blog

A December 2014 blog post "Art at the Speed of Light" by Patrick McCray covers early laser art efforts. McCray also wrote about pioneering laser artist Rockne Krebs in an October 2015 blog post entitled "Remembering Lines of Light," and about Laserium in a January 2015 blog post "Lasers, Pot Smoke, and the 'Visual Art of the Future'," and in an April 2016 blog post "From Laser Art to Laserium."

A Short History of Laser Shows

A magazine article from OPN Optics and Photonics News in May 2010, by Patricia Daukantis

The Laserist

ILDA's The Laserist magazine has articles and ads which, over the years, detail the advancement of laser art and technology. Recent issues are here; some older issues are at the old Laserist magazine website. Note that not all issues are online

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