It seems like yesterday that we were approaching the year 2000. Fears of computers crashing, Y2KBugs, and the world ending were ubiquitous. Luckily, as years passed our computer systems are still intact and frankly so is our sacred planet. We don’t have flying cars. We have self-driving cars. The jury’s still out on whether either is plausible. That said, if you told me that we would pay strangers to pick us up (Uber and Lyft), pay to stay at other people’s homes (Airbnb), be able to order groceries to our door (Amazon Market, store delivery programs, etc.), I would have said, “Are you out of your mind?
As we approach 2017 after an arduous 2016, we are hopeful for fresh beginnings, continuance, and frankly a little sparkle. I thought it appropriate to write a little bit about the famed New York City New Year’s Eve Ball which has been lowered every year in Time Square since 1907.
Although festivities in Time’s Square took place 3 years earlier, it was 1907 when a 5 foot in diameter/700 pound, iron and wood ball with 100, 25-watt light bulbs was lowered. A metal worker named Jacob Starr built the ball and sign maker Artkraft Strauss lowered the ball. This was the first large count Ihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artkraft_Strauss.
Prior to Times Square gatherings and large fireworks displays, people gathered on New Year’s Eve on Wall Street to listen to bells ringing at Trinity Church. In 1904, the Times Adolph Ochs, publisher at the time of the ‘Times’ came up with the idea to move the New Year’s Eve gatherings. To do so, he devised a plan of renaming the area at the time called Longacre Square to Times Square. In addition to the name change, he promised a large firework display at midnight and continuously told the mayor at the time, George McClellan, that Wall Street was a bad location for a yearly gathering to hear bells at a church. “But in 1907, when Ochs couldn’t get a permit for the fireworks he installed the first Drop Ball and made of Times Square the chief center of the New Year’s celebration in New York. http://www.movingintonewyork.com/the-complete-history-behind-the-famous-times-square-drop-ball/
As we now know fireworks did in fact take place and now the ball drop and fireworks take place. If that weren’t enough there is confetti, odd-friend couple Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, pop-star performances, and alcohol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square
Here is some wonderful, additional historical information from www.timesquarenyc.org that gives extremely specific facts on the Times Square Ball.
- The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds.
- The Ball is covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per side.
- For Times Square 2017, 288 of the Waterford triangles introduce the new Gift of Kindness design consisting of a circle of rosettes symbolizing unity with the fronds reaching out in an expression of kindness. 288 are the Gift Of Wonder design composed by a faceted starburst inspiring our sense of wonder. 288 are the Gift of Fortitude design of diamond cuts on either side of a crystal pillar to represent the inner attributes of resolve, courage and spirit necessary to triumph over adversity. The remaining 1,824 crystal triangles are the Gift of Imagination design with a series of intricate wedge cuts that are mirrored reflections of each other inspiring our imagination.
- The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are bolted to 672 LED modules which are attached to the aluminum frame of the Ball.
- The Ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes). Each LED module contains 48 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs – 12 red, 12 blue, 12 green, and 12 white for a total of 8,064 of each color.
- The Ball is capable of displaying a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns that creates a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.
It’s important to note that time balls with a countdown/containing accurate chronometers like the one in Times Square while new to America, were not new. In case you are interested, you can read more about them here:
The Times Square Ball has taken quite the journey from 25-watt light bulbs to 2,600 Crystals. Here is the 2017 ball: http://abc7ny.com/news/2017-times-square-ball-delivered-for-new-years-eve/1674680/
At Mohr IP Law, our 2016 was a challenge, but full of light. We are thankful for our clients and looking forward to 2017. May your 2017 be full of hard work, good health, and goal-setting and achieving! And remember that ‘New Year, New You’ can also mean ‘New Year, New Patent Application.’