Nominations for the most unlucky blizzard guy

Alex Clifford receives congratulations from Metra's board after he is appointed the rail agency's new executive driector Tuesday. (José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / February 1, 2011)

>My nomination goes to the new exectuive running Metra, Chicago's commuter rail system. Alex Clifford was introduced to everyone the day before the blizzard hit. So, here he comes to us from Los Angeles and the next day, he had to watch entire lines of his system shut down (Here and here). Not his fault. But it happened the day after he vowed to make passenger satisfaction ("a customer-centric operation") one of his top goals.

Welcome to Chicago, Mr. Clifford.

I'm sure there are a lot of people who were a lot more unlucky than Clifford. But you, dear reader, will have to supply them.


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  • Um, what about the guy who was literally blown into Lake Michigan, his frozen body to be later found this morning?

  • $250,000 a year isn't that unlucky, except that it was reported that his assistant makes more.

    Also unlucky was the political hack who at first told Metra that he was entitled to the job. At least, for a change, Metra did a search instead of the usual nonfiduciary method of transit boards to rubber stamp a political designee.

    One could also go through the Tammie Souza travels if one wanted.

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