Austin man 40 years later lights Christmas display

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Associated Press

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 1:02 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man has thrown the switch to light a 150-foot Christmas display 40 years after his first chance was canceled during the U.S. energy crisis.

Jon Madani (muh-DAN'-ee) on Sunday night did the honors at Zilker (ZIL'-ker) Park in Austin. The display is a tower decked out with thousands of lights in the shape of a tree.

Madani was 7 years old in 1973 when he won an art contest and the chance to throw the switch. The energy crunch led to cancellation of that lighting ceremony.

Austin Mayor Lee Mayor Lee Leffingwell says Sunday's ceremony with Madani made up for it.

Madani, who's a sports radio personality in Austin, says every year he'd see the holiday display and remember that he never got to light the tree.

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