Carrying the Best torch
As the sports world turns its focus to Athens, New Times honors
Best of SLO County winners.
Winning an Olympic event takes herculean effort. It doesn’t
A gold medal represents not only high achievement, but also many
hours of daily hard training, insufferable aches and pains, and
That’s how it is for so many of the winners of the 18th
annual New Times
Best of SLO County readers’ poll.
The individuals and businesses represented in these pages put
hours every day, with their own insufferable aches and pains, and
sleepless nights, to provide you with gold medal products and services.
So, this year, the year of the 2004 Games in Athens, we offer our
of SLO winners an opportunity to carry the torch and to be recognized
their Olympian efforts.
As we honor this year’s winners, let’s not forget
the Olympic-sized hole
left in the community by the recent death of Alex Madonna. We’ll
For my money, I’ll take a pink medal, thank you.
Olympic champions may take the winner’s stand alone, receiving
the accolades for their achievements, but they don’t get there
themselves. None of it would have been possible without the support
coaches, family and co-workers.
That’s exactly how it is with the production of the Best
of SLO County.
It’s a herculean task that aims for the gold, and requires
the support of
countless individuals who put in a lot of extra time and effort
to make it
Marketing assistant and all-American utility guy Michael Davidson
New Times decathlon champion, who performed the lion’s share
of organizing the Best of SLO. This is Michael’s last issue
with us. We’ll miss him as he heads to Las Vegas for new adventures.
You’re golden, Michael.
Then there’s our editorial relay team of writers who helped
Best of SLO baton to the finish: Kathy Marcks Hardesty, Shawna Galassi,
Kathryn Gillick, Brent Parker, Leiana Miller, Abraham Hyatt, Daniel
Blackburn, and Brandi Stansbury.
And hang a gold medal ribbon around Associate Editor Kat DeBakker’s
for editing three newspapers in one week and enduring my insufferable
complaints about working too hard.
You wouldn’t get much of a visual, of course, without the
of photographer Christopher Gardner, who designed the torch that
these pages. Other creative hands include designers Heather Walter,
Nelson, and art director Alex Zuniga—all champs in their own
As we go to press, our sales reps are sprinting the final stretch,
burning the midnight oil, and making sure our winners get their
bragging rights. Without their hard work there’d be little
gold at New
Times. Thanks to Rhonda O’Dell, Meg Rodriguez, Kirsten Blake,
Jason Craven and Tracy Joyner Scuri. Their ads pass through the
capable hands of graphic artists such as Roxanne Selene Chavez and
Christy Arnoldussen, both of whom make New Times endurance events
And finally, no one knows the challenge of newspapering like publisher
Steve Moss, whose high standards for quality journalism continue
to make New Times the county’s Best Watchdog.