The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (2002 in Review)

December 31, 2002

by Catherine Barr

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OKAY, so while my fellow writers are busy venting their spleens, I thought it prudent to take a look back at some of the things that happened this past year. Some of them weren't great, others were pretty cool and some are still waiting to happen. So, without further ado, I give you the good, the bad and the ugly - the year in review.

DSCF0001 THE UGLY - Canadian icon Wayne Gretzky sells out to Ford Motor Company running a 99 day payment plan on television commercials.
DSCF0002 THE UGLY - Whether you like Gordon Campbell or not, politics in this backwards B.C. climate never seem to make anyone smile.
DSCF0004 THE GOOD - Former Olympian Charmain Crooks, seen here with husband Anders Thorsen, is among those trying to bring the Olympics here to Vancouver in 2010.
DSCF0012 THE GOOD - Local actor Donnelly Rhodes (left) of Da Vinci's Inquest, seen here with co-stars Ian Tracey and Venus Terzo, took home a Leo Award and a Gemini.
DSCF0012a THE BAD - Stuart Ballantyne (centre) and his Molson Indy race have lost a few famous faces to another circuit. That means no more Ashley Judd or Dario Franchitti at Indy gala time.

THE BEST - Former freestyle skier Jim Milina became the first quadriplegic to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He's receiving the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal on Jan. 4 for setting the record, but he won't be able to attend the ceremony. He and fiance Corine Gailloux are being married that same day.


PICT0010 THE GOOD - Guest conductor Clyde Mitchell (left), mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell, and jazz volcalist Denzal Sinclaire performed in the Orpheum's 75th anniversary gala.
PICT0011 THE GOOD - Costing close to $500,000, George Taubenfligel (left) and Mercedes-Benz Canada President/CEO Ernst Lieb threw one of this year's best and biggest parties at the Plaza of Nations.
PICT0020 THE BAD - Vancouver's loss is Montreal's gain. Fashion mogul Serge Jean-Laviolette, seen here with his favourite models, has headed east.
PICT0022 THE BAD - A rumoured retirement may be looming for BC Lions' quarterback Damon Allen (left), seen here with Lions' legend Lui Passaglia. Any bets?

THE GOOD - Vancouver royalty. Janella Griffiths and husband Arthur are about to become proud parents in 2003.


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