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Man behind mystery light bulb in St. Augustine's Nights of Lights comes forward
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Mystery solved!ID=76633622

Two weeks ago, First Coast News reported about a mystery man who has been – for years – quietly putting up light bulbs of different colors amidst the millions of white light bulbs in St. Augustine's Nights of Lights.

Now the mystery man has come forward.

He is Bob Mangels.

"I was the guy who operated the bucket truck," he said.

He works for the City of St. Augustine and was with the city's crew which hung the lights in the trees.

"So I was the one up in the air putting lights way up in the air," Mangels said motioning with his hands toward the sky.

When his daughter Liliana was born 21 years ago, Mangels said, "I thought to make it special for her and in honor of her, I'll put up -- in all these clear lights -- one colored light."

He and his family called it Liliana's Light.

He remembers going to the plaza with his family at night and he says "we all had a scavenger hunt to go look for the light. It was in different trees every year."

Mangels only put it up in the trees in the Plaza de la Constitucion. In the last 21 years, someone or some people have starting copying the idea because different colored light bulbs are now found all over the city's Nights of Lights.

"And that's all good, you know," Mangels said. "I have no problem with it. Maybe they have their own special reason behind it."

Now, his daughter is all grown up.

"I'm not going to lie," Liliana said. "I never found it. I always needed my dad to help me."

This year, Mangels won't be hanging Liliana's Light.

"Well, I've changed departments and I'm not working the bucket truck anymore," he said.

But the love he showed his daughter – by putting a little light up for her – lives on.

"That's the mystery from a long time ago."


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