In summer 1988, Columbus presented a free laser-light show on the downtown riverfront.

The show was designed by a Georgia company.

Viewers sat along the west bank of the Scioto River.

After the night skies set in, colorful beams of light, set to music, shot out from a small, specially built booth on the roof of the old Central High School (now home to COSI).

Animated characters and geometric designs were projected onto the building across the river for 45 minutes.

"Columbus: Discover the Lights" featured pop, patriotic and country music, including the Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" and Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA."

One segment focused on famous Ohioans, including Neil Armstrong, Jesse Owens and Woody Hayes.

The event was held each year through 1992.