Welcome to LDI2000! And, welcome back to Las Vegas and the largest LDI trade show in our 14 years producing this mammoth event. Plan wisely and make sure you get to all of the 405 companies on the show floor - three days, 405 companies? No problem! Without every single one of these companies, LDI would not be what it is - one of the best annual meeting places for entertainment technology and architectural lighting manufacturers and buyers, worldwide. I apologize for what I am about to do next, which is to name names. AC Lighting, Altman, American DJ Supply, Apollo Design, Avolites, Colortran/NSI, ETC, Gemini Sound, Group One/Clay Paky, High End, Laser Media, Martin, Mobolazer, Omnisistem, PRG, Rosco, SSP, Stageline, Strand Lighting, Tomcat, Tracoman, Vari-Lite, and the Wenger Corporation. These 23 companies - most of which have supported LDI since our first show in Dallas in 1988 - lead the pack this year with some of the largest displays on the show floor and we thank them for their generosity. Our Entertainment Design page is big, but not that big, and I am sorry I cannot list all of the companies joining us this year. We are thrilled to also welcome 65+ exciting newcomers to the show floor as well: Digital Projection out of Georgia, Milos Structural Systems from Virginia, Panja intelligent control systems from Texas, Rane mixers from Washington, Procon full service providers from Germany, Visual Lighting Technologies fiber-optic system integrators out of California, and Whirlwind audio splitters and cables from New York, to name a few. Go to ldishow.com for details.

No matter where you turn, you are sure to find products you can use, solutions to suit your design and budget needs, and creative ideas you never even thought of. As I write this, we are putting together our most exciting Entertainment Design year ever. Let us fill you in on 2001 and come see me, editor David Johnson, editorial director David Barbour, ad reps Aimee Eckert, Adrienne Gurman, and Robb Holzrichter and all of our colleagues at ED, LD, and Intertec at our host booth #2511 anytime, and let's catch up.