Photo: Bob Friedgen on top of Mt. Helix.
Bob Friedgen went to work for the La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Irrigation District in 1955 — the year before it was renamed Helix Irrigation District — and retired in 1998 after 18 years as the district’s general manager. Today, Friedgen visits Helix at least once a year, to meet the local high school senior selected as the recipient of the scholarship that bears his name.
Karen Pearlman, who covers Helix for the San Diego Union Tribune, recently interviewed Friedgen about his time at Helix and what he’s up to now.