Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
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