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August 10, 2007
(Pictures of my creations can also be found in my BrickShelf folder)
On August 10, 2007 TLC would celebrate its 75th anniversary. They wanted it to be a really special event. All Western European LUG's (Lego User Groups) were contacted with the following message:
"...on Friday the 10th of August this year all LEGO employees throughout the world as well as in Billund will celebrate the 75th anniversary. The anniversary will be celebrated from 11 am till 8 pm by a market place of activities ending with a concert. As part of the market place, we would very much like to give the LEGO employees the possibility of meeting a group of LEGO enthusiasts to discuss your creations, what LEGO products has meant and means to you and how you use LEGO elements in your creations. A tent of 100m2 will be at your disposal.
I might as well give it a try. And guess what... a few weeks later I received an e-mail from TLC: I was invited to Billund from August 9 until August 11 with my Level 42 mosaic. I decided to take all my sliding puzzles with me too, just to have a little more interaction with the public.
I left home on Wednesday evening (11.00 pm, August 8) for a 940 km trip to Billund, to arrive at my destination by 10.00 am (I took the time to take a nap in the middle of the night). I even had the time to quickly visit the park before noon, before I started searching for the location of the event. It was on one of the huge parking lots of LegoLand Billund (I thought it would have been on the parking lot of the factory, since the parks are no longer owned by TLC).
Here's a list of the European LEGO enthusiasts with one or more of their creations.
During the event my mobile phone kept on ringing. Unfortunately I couldn't answer the calls anymore because after the first call the previous evening I completely ran out of credits. When I got back home I called everybody back: apparently those who tried to contact me were journalists or radio presenters who wanted an interview with me (for a newsarticle or a live radio broadcast). The 75th anniversary of LEGO made it to most of the Belgian newspapers (at least the Flemish ones), some articles even with a picture of my Level 42 mosaic (article 1, 2, 3, 4 for Dutch readers).
A few weeks before the event, Stefan suggested we could all make a small gift, that could be presented to Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen during the event. Final result: we made 8x8 vignettes with the central theme "75".
On August 9 and 10 we had really good weather of approx. 30°C (I was glad I drove up there during the night), but on August 11 the weather suddenly changed to hardly 20°C. We had planned to visit the park the entire day, but by noon I decided to leave earlier: I already skipped one night and because of the bad weather I might as well drive back during the day (to prevent me from skipping another night). And yes, I made it back home safely, but there were a few traffic-jams along the way (a tilted truck and a pile-up).
Because of chronic health problems I don't attend to many events, but for the 75th anniversary of the company I really wanted to make an exception. It was a unique opportunity to meet other European AFOL's. It even was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.