Looking back from the Olympic flame in the days when a fence still surrounded it in a photograph by Linda Solomon
Now that the circus has left town, it’s time for a serious debrief. In other words, what the military call a “hotwash." What went right, what went wrong, what could be improved, and so forth.
So here goes. Note that I’m probably going to offend nearly everyone, so your blistering rebuttals will be welcome to round out the analysis. T
First, a disclaimer: My “15 minutes of fame”, as many of you have noted, has gone on more than long enough. I couldn’t agree more. Indeed it’s been 7 years, 7 months, some days (and 45 minutes) too long since the fateful day I walked into the CBC studio in September 2002 and recorded my negative “Commentary” about Vancouver’s Olympic bid. Had I known then where this would all lead, would I do it all again? It’s doubtful, as the outcome came with enormous costs to family and friends, relationships, and my scientific endeavors. Sometimes I truly wish I were a “paid professional protester” because at least if so I could have made a few bucks with this “hobby”.
Do I regret it?
No. At least not much, for reasons to be detailed below.