Historic Photo: Calling All La Mesans! 

GROSSMONT CENTER -- Workers and event planners were toiling Friday, plotting the outlines for what they hope will be an historic photo session Saturday morning.

Arial photographer Brent Haywood and Tracie Plefka, marketing director of Grossmont Center, were high atop a lift of the roof of the center's parking garage directing placement of cones that will guide the hundreds of La Mesans expected for the commemorative La Mesa "100" centennial photo. (See photo right. Plefka was struggling heroically to overcome a fear of heights.)

Just after 8:30, Haywood is expected to take off from Gillespie Field and fly over Grossmont, taking pictures of La Mesans filling the "100" outline and waving skyward.

"It's all over in five minutes,'' Haywood said. "That's the limit they'll let you hover overhead like this.'' A video camera affixed to a light pole will record a time-lapse record of the event as well.

Plefka and the city's Centennial volunteers will begin greeting local residents at 7 a.m. The first 300 people will receive free red t-shirts to help keep a consistent look to the photo. There will be free coffee, bagels and morning snacks and KSON radio will be on hand to provide entertainment while organizers are working to place people in the proper locations.

Parking is readily available below in the garage's lower deck and nearby surface lots. Residents will enter from the staircase immediately across from Macy's. Elderly or handicapped La Mesans can be driven up the ramp on the garage's "Target" side and dropped off, but parking will be restricted to lower garage levels and nearby surface lots. 

Weather and winds permitting -- and both look good right now -- the photo will occur at about 8:40 a.m. and the event will end by 9 a.m.

Information on purchasing a copy of the historic photo and other Centennial souvenirs will be available throughout the event.

 

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Tags: Brent Haywood, Centennial, Grossmont Center, KSON, La Mesa, La Mesa 100, La Mesa Today, La Mesa news, Macy's, Target, More…Tracie Plefka

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Comment by La Mesa Today on February 17, 2012 at 4:16pm

San-Lo. There was discussion among the organizers of creating a human frame on line with the light poles if the turnout is as you are estimating. Chris Lavin

Comment by Kappa Surveying on February 17, 2012 at 3:39pm

San-Lo should just get up there tomorrow and do it, Hi-res and all.

Comment by Kappa Surveying on February 17, 2012 at 3:35pm

I think they may be CONSIDERABLY underestimating the size of the 100 compared to the amount of people that are going to show up. I hope the have an option for 500, 2000, 5000 La Mesans showing up, or even MORE! Maybe we could make a giant frame around it with people.

Comment by Gregory Spire on February 17, 2012 at 1:46pm

They should have used San-Lo Aerial Surveyors who did La Mesa aerial shots for years.

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