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under80001

I covered the crowd of Town Toyota Center supporters who gathered for a photograph on the arena ice Monday night. Beyond covering it as a news event by showing an overall of some of the activity - beyond the staged, "official" photograph - I needed to make an image that I could create an accurate count from Tuesday morning. I didn't think we would be able to rely on estimates from the organizers and as what I hoped would be a much more unbiased tally, I made this image just before the photographer snapped his picture.

And by marking each person with a black dot in Photoshop, I came up with just under 800 people in the photograph.

I am perplexed at the number of 1,800 and 2,000 given by the organizers and what I understand KPQ radio reported (especially since KPQ had a reporter there too). I couldn't come up with that number if I counted off by twos!

Oh well, it was fun to see such support of an issue anyhow and I wish them well on trying to come up with a solution to the debt crisis.