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Jet Set

| May 28, 2014 | Parties

The Party
The U.S.S. Midway was up in lights for the centennial soiree of Willis Allen.

The People
The Midway was chosen for this lavish party not just for location alone. The owners come from a long line of war veterans. In fact, the very plane that owner Andy Nelson flew in Vietnam, an F4 Phantom fighter jet, was parked on the flight deck, where guests mingled under the stars.

Best in Show
Willis Allen knows a thing or two about staging, throwing down a 40-foot white carpet to set the grand entrance (white is the new red). Because no party is complete without a photo booth, Willis Allen decked out theirs with old World War II posters and a simulated sky-dive in keeping with the evening’s theme. For the grand finale, the SDSU drum line made some serious noise before fireworks played one-upmanship off the bow over the harbor. Talk about ending the night with a bang! Evening chatter circled around now-and-then real estate prices. In 1968, according to a vintage Willis Allen ad, a five-bedroom La Jolla home on three acres with five fireplaces, a tennis court and two servants’ rooms, fetched $195,000. If we only knew then what we know now. Hindsight, baby. -Photography by Tim Hardy,


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