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Entry from January 04, 2007
Friday Night Lights

"Friday Night Lights” is the title of a 1990 book by H. G. Bissinger about the 1988 football season of the Permian High School Panthers, of Odessa, Texas. The book was made into a 2004 film.

The 2006 television series takes place in fictional Dillon, Texas.

The term “Friday Night Lights” for high school football possibly existed earlier, but it certainly became a popular term with the publication of the book.


Library of Congress catalog
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Bissinger, H. G.
Main Title: Friday night lights : a town, a team, and a dream / H.G. Bissinger.
Published/Created: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1990.
Description: xiv, 357 p., [28] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN: 0201196778

Amazon.com
Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com
Secular religions are fascinating in the devotion and zealousness they breed, and in Texas, high school football has its own rabid hold over the faithful. H.G. Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, enters into the spirit of one of its most fervent shrines: Odessa, a city in decline in the desert of West Texas, where the Permian High School Panthers have managed to compile the winningest record in state annals. Indeed, as this breathtaking examination of the town, the team, its coaches, and its young players chronicles, the team, for better and for worse, is the town; the communal health and self-image of the latter is directly linked to the on-field success of the former. The 1988 season, the one Friday Night Lights recounts, was not one of the Panthers’ best. The game’s effect on the community—and the players—was explosive. Written with great style and passion, Friday Night Lights offers an American snapshot in deep focus; the picture is not always pretty, but the image is hard to forget.—This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 

Internet Movie Database
Plot Summary for
Friday Night Lights (2004)
A straight arrow coach leads his team to the 1988 Texas state semifinals in the west Texas city of Odessa, where high school football is king. Expectations of classmates, coaches, family, and community members exact a toll on the athletes central to the story. Economic and racial undertones pervade this adaptation of H.G. Bissinger’s book by the same name.

Internet Movie Database
Plot Summary for
“Friday Night Lights” (2006)
Expanding on the hit feature film “Friday Night Lights,” this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard. Dillon’s promising high school team, its star quarterback, and newly appointed head coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, “King Kong,” “Grey’s Anatomy") feel the mounting pressure of the town’s pride and honor riding on their shoulders as a new football season kicks off.

(Trademark)
Word Mark FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services in the nature of on-going television shows featuring high school athletics
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 75852689
Filing Date October 18, 1999
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition July 25, 2000
Owner (APPLICANT) SportsChannel Florida Associates Front Row Communications. Inc.. a Florida corporation PARTNERSHIP NEW YORK 1550 Sawgrass Corporate, Suite 350 Sunrise St. FLORIDA 33323
Attorney of Record Lin M. Cherry
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “FRIDAY NIGHT” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date April 18, 2001

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, January 04, 2007 • Permalink