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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Party At The Moon Tower


WOODERSON
You heard about the party being busted right? Not to worry. 
There's a new fiesta in the making as we speak. It's out at the Moon Tower, 
full kegs, everybody's going to be there, you ought to go.

. . . . .

Thus spoke Matthew McConaughey in his breakout role in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused.

Anyone, and I mean anyone who loves this film knows those lines.

I do anyway. It's one of my favorite mini-monologues.

So imagine my surprise the other night as I was taking a walk around the neighborhood and saw a real honest to goodness Moon Tower.

Wiki tells me that Moonlight towers are lighting structures designed to illuminate areas of a city at night.

The structures were popular in the late 19th century in cities across the United States and Europe, and were designed to illuminate areas often of several blocks at once.

Austin, Texas is the only city in the world known to still operate a system. Of the original 31 erected, the 17 remaining towers were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 12, 1976.

I know it's corny, but I'm pleased as punch to have one in my neighborhood during my stay in Austin. Even if they don't really look like moonlight.

And if you've never seen Dazed and Confused, here's the scene that not only made the towers famous, but McConaughey himself and the film too:

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