For those who remember Peter Graves (not Tom Cruise) of “Mission: Impossible” fame, it was déjà vu at the Metro Hartford Alliance Annual Meeting at the Bushnell Tuesday when they got a glimpse of alliance president and CEO Oz Griebel aka Jim Phelps for the evening.
The guy was practically a Graves look-alike with his head of white hair and concentrated zeal for taking on a covert mission — a possible mission when it comes to keeping Hartford alive and well.
For “Mission: Possible” was the slightly reconfigured theme for the night as the city’s business and economic development organization celebrated its work and a healthy Hartford.
“2012 was a good year,” said Griebel, who seemed to take a liking to his one night alter-ego, dressed in a black jersey and ready to take on whatever tough assignment he was given. “We expect to continue that success in 2013.”
And while the state of the city and the alliance’s successful initiatives was the reason for the event, for many at the party there was another reason to celebrate — it was the first night everyone could get out from under the 3 feet of weekend snow.
“I would take any reason to get out tonight,” kidded Richard Brown, who, with wife Erika Brown, shed mittens and boots to get into “good” clothes for the event.
“All we have been doing is shoveling,” said Erika Brown about their post-storm clean-up. “It just feels good to be out.”