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Video helps record Mesa's 120 years of history
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 27Apr00 D6
By Betty Beard: The Arizona Republic

MESA, ARIZONA -- Mesa's history unfolds in a two-part video, "Mesa, A Sight Truly Lovely." Produced by Jim Zaharis, retired superintendent of the Mesa Unified School District, the half-hour video takes you through 120 years of Mesa's past. "I don't claim it to be anything thorough. It just adds to the written documents. It might add insight into how people lived."

The video was originally designed as an instructional aid for children. However, the producers discovered that it appealed to a wider audience through public showings. You can see Hohokam Indians, Mormon settlers, railroads, the Roosevelt Dam, professional baseball, the Mormon temple, the Mezona Auditorium, Falcon Field and the Fiesta Mall. It weaves in clips from national historic events, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and adds actors depicting how Mesa residents would have reacted.

The video is being sold for $l5 at the Mesa Historical Museum bookstore at 2345 N. Horne. Janni Judd, a volunteer director said some viewers find the footage challenging.


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