What rocks or rots, tanks or
titillates in Richmond? Here's our weekly take on R-town.
Christmas in October: So
the Bravo network e-mailed The Times-Dispatch in June to ask about
Richmond's annual Tacky Christmas Lights Tour.
Seems someone at Bravo caught
up with Barry "Mad Dog" Gottlieb, who in the late '80s
formally identified the trend (on its way to tradition) with his Tacky
Xmas Decoration Contest and Grand Highly Illuminated House Tour.
Gottlieb, who's now a Left
Coaster, is trying to whip the San Francisco Bay area into dazzling
shape while remaining an ambassador for the lights he left behind. (See
maddogproductions.com/xmas.htm for more on that.)
Anywho, our favorite mad man --
er, Mad Dog -- referred the network to the T-D, whose 15th annual Tacky
Christmas Lights Tour list ran in December. So we've offered some photos
of highly illuminated Richmond homes and a few of our favorite tacky
tales for possible use on "Great Things About the Holidays."
The four-hour show is scheduled
to premiere in October, then repeat during the holiday season. Stay
tuned to see if Richmond is featured ... or if we lose out to the
Mad Dog's in-person interview
was conducted at the home of Dr. Elmo of Elmo and Patsy, the duo that
gave the world "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer."
Now that's good TV.
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