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City's Past Illuminated Through Historic Lighting Fixtures

Fort Wayne landscaper, Jim Saxton, has a passion for rescuing historic lighting fixtures, which he traces back to his early teen years. That's when his job at the Paramount Theatre sparked an interest in lighting, as well as the city's rich past. 

This work also familiarized Jim with the theatre's impressive lighting fixtures, which  would prove helpful years after the building was demolished, when their crumbling remains were discovered heaped on a dirt floor, in and old warehouse.

To shed a bit more light on the subject, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Saxton into the studio to discuss where this ongoing passion has taken him, and the satisfaction he enjoys when an old fixture is refurbished, and finds a new home.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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