Playa Vista is known as a hub for the tech industry’s biggest players. And walking around Runway or shopping at Whole Foods, it’s easy to think the area belongs only to millennials and young families. But this issue of Playa Vista Direct, however, is proof they are only a fraction of the rich, multifaceted community here.
At the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Playa Vista Drive, nestled next to Fire Station 67, stands a senior living community called Sunrise. Filled with veterans, centenarians and some of the spriest great, great grandmothers you’ll ever meet, these Playa Vistans offer a unique wealth of experience and life stories. In August, I was honored to meet Private Zulah Ray, a war hero and POW, at his hundredth birthday party. Ray wore an ear-to-ear grin as his family and community celebrated around him. I hope you enjoy reading his inspiring story.
Another thing I learned from editing this issue is that actor and former bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno and his daughter Shanna love to work out in the parks in Playa Vista. I was able to visit the park with them and get some tips on staying fit from the Incredible Hulk himself. Basking in the golden sunshine, with a cool breeze coming off the bluffs, it was a surreal experience.
At an open house event for Vista Studios, I was able to walk around the cavernous space, mingle with guests, and sit in the drivers’ seat of a McLaren racecar, dreaming about taking her for a test ride down the 90 Freeway. The moment was fun and totally unexpected.
When I attended The Silicon Beach Fashion Show in Concert Park, I was delighted to learn that instead of professional runway models sporting the latest fall styles, the show was actually comprised of local kids. The littlest model, baby Dom Fagerlind, laughed as
he crawled across the catwalk to show off his Paige Lauren neon blue onesie.
Just when I think I know the routine, Playa Vista offers a way to exceed my expectations. And I expect nothing less.
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