Monday, December 31, 2001

Year in Tempo: Then and now

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Late show talkmeisters Jay Leno and David Letterman were making jokes about chads — hanging, indented, pregnant and dimpled. Cincinnati-born Bill Hemmer was the handsome “Chad Lad” star of CNN's election coverage. We still weren't sure who the president was. And it looked like the election would consume all of our attention in 2001. It didn't.

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        That was early December last year. Since then, rioters hit the streets of Cincinnati in April. Terrorists attacked New York City and Washington D.C. in September. Anthrax became a national threat and the FBI started issuing regular terrorist warnings.

        We changed. We became angry and afraid. Then resolute and vengeful. Then tired and cranky.

        For a while, we lost our sense of humor. On Mr. Letterman's show, veteran news reporter and anchor Dan Rather cried.

        New names, phrases, places and routines became part of life.

        We are now at war against terror, and it is impossible to look back at 2001 without recoiling. But — as our then and now chart shows — other things happened this year. Some of it was good, some of it funny and some of it sad — just the way life gives it to us.

Rare zoo rhino Emi is pregnant Rhino baby Andalas weighs 319 pounds
Bring Olympics here Bring harmony here
Maisonette Chef Jean Robert de Cavel Maisonette Chef Bertrand Bouquin
Shopping at Rookwood Commons Shopping at Newport on the Levee
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse downtown Jeff Ruby's Carlo and Johnny in Montgomery
Main Street Mainstrasse
Arnold's Bar & Grill (formerly owned by Councilman Jim Tarbell) Crowley's Pub (owned by family of Councilman David Crowley)
Two carry-on bags per airline passenger Two-hour advance arrival
Flying to Grandma's house Driving to Grandma's house
Comair Weekend Traveler tickets 0% financing on new cars
PT Cruiser under $20,000 Mercedes under $30,000
Drinking a Cosmopolitan Drinking an Appletini
Sports stars were our heroes Firefighters are our heroes
E-mailed jokes E-mailed prayers
George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou George Clooney in Ocean's Eleven
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Michael & Catherine were the Hollywood couple Brad & Jennifer are the Hollywood couple
Russell Crowe, man of war, in Gladiator Russell Crowe, mathematician, in A Beautiful Mind
Record-high heating bills Record-high temperatures
Some people thought George W. Bush lost the election As president, George Bush's approval ratings soar
Weak mayor Strong mayor (Same guy)
Courtis Fuller gave you the news Courtis Fuller makes the news
Vice Mayor Minette Cooper Vice Mayor Alicia Reese
Bill Clinton Hillary Clinton
Palm Beach Kandahar
Comair pilots prepared to go on strike Airline pilots want to be armed
Day traders Record high bankruptcies
Dot-coms Dot-gones
Riverfront parking lots Riverfront parking lots
Reds fire Jack McKeon New manager Bob Boone finishes 19 games worse that McKeon
Skip Prosser leaves the Xavier Musketeers to take charge of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Thad Matta becomes Xavier University's basketball coach
20th anniversary of John Lennon's death George Harrison dies
PlayStation 2 X-Box
Survivor: Australia Survivor: Africa
The Sopranos Six Feet Under
Reality TV Watching reality on TV
Timothy McVeigh awaited execution Osama bin Laden wanted dead or alive

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