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Adachi, Futa

  • JP-AF001
  • Person
  • November 1, 1982-

Futa Adachi is a professional Japanese snowboarder that is known for his appearances in the Heart snowboarding films.

Polig, Josef

  • IT-PJ001
  • Person
  • b. November 9, 1968

Josef Polig is an Italian former alpine skier who participated in the World Cup from 1988 to 1995 and won a gold medal in alpine combined at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He competed in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Martin, Gianfranco

  • IT-MG001
  • Person
  • b. February 15, 1970

Gianfranco Martin is an Italian alpine skier who competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain.

Anderson, Alexander Caulfield

  • IN-AAC001
  • Person
  • March 10, 1814 - May 8, 1884

Alexander Caulfield Anderson was a Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC) fur-trader and civil servant. He was born March 10, 1814 near Calcutta, India, the son of Robert Anderson and Eliza Charlotte Simpson, and diedMay 8, 1884 at Saanich, near Victoria, BC. Alexander Caulfield Anderson’s father, a retired British army officer, operated an indigo plantation in Bengal. He prospered, returned to England in 1817, and settled in Essex, where his sons received a good education. In March 1831, Alexander joined the HBC; his initial contract was for five years at an annual salary that increased progressively from £20 to £50. He sailed for Canada in April, accompanied by an older brother, James, who had also joined the HBC.
Alexander spent his first year of service at Lachine, Lower Canada. In November, 1832, he was sent to Fort Vancouver and the following year he was second in command of the party that built Fort McLoughlin (Bella Bella, B.C.). In 1834, he was with Peter Skene Ogden when the company’s attempt to establish a post on the Stikine River was blocked by the Russians. The next year, Ogden took charge of New Caledonia, the HBC department encompassing present-day north central British Columbia, and Alexander was also transferred to that district, spending the next five years there. His first assignment, which was to cross the Rockies to Jasper House, meet a party of new recruits, and bring back 40 packs of moose skins needed for shoe leather, nearly ended in tragedy. An early onset of winter forced the party to return to Jasper House, and a shortage of provisions there made a further retreat to Edmonton House (Edmonton) necessary. Anderson was severely criticized by some in the company for his management of the party, but an investigation exonerated him from all blame for its misfortunes. In 1836, he took charge of the post on Fraser Lake where he remained until 1839. He was then stationed for a year at Fort George (Prince George, B.C.), after which he returned to Fort Vancouver. In 1840–41 he took temporary charge of Fort Nisqually (Wash.) and was there when the exploring expedition under Lieutenant Charles Wilkes of the United States Navy visited the post in May 1841 in the course of its survey of Puget Sound and the Columbia valley. In 1842 Anderson commanded the annual brigade to York Factory (Man.), and on his return was appointed to Fort Alexandria on the Fraser River, where he was based until 1848. On August 21, 1837, he had married Eliza Birnie, daughter of an HBC clerk, James Birnie; they would have 13 children. Birnie had retired to Cathlamet (Wash.) on the lower Columbia, and the Andersons settled nearby.

Anderson is now best remembered as leader of three exploring expeditions carried out in 1846–47. Anderson's great achievement was finding a good trail to the Cariboo from the coast. On the way he met "Blackeye" a First Nations man who gave important help by guiding Anderson's party north to Kamloops. Anderson did his exploring years before anybody knew there was gold, in 1846 and 1847, but when the gold rush started his good friend Governor James Douglas sent him back to the Cariboo to turn his route into a proper trail for the miners - this became known as the Douglas Trail. In 1876 he was appointed dominion inspector of fisheries with jurisdiction over British Columbia coastal and inland waters. The same year, the federal government asked him to act as its member on a dominion-provincial joint commission on Indian land in British Columbia. This proved a frustrating assignment for Anderson, because the efforts of the commission to delimit Indian reserves were defeated by the hostility of the provincial government. The appointment ended in 1878. In 1882, when travelling on fisheries business, he was forced by an accident to spend a night on a sand-bar. He suffered severely from exposure and never fully recovered his health. Anderson went on to work as the first Collector of Customs in Victoria, and in his spare time he wrote and published a Hand-book and map to the gold region of Frazer's and Thompson's rivers in 1858 to help the miners use his trail, and included some "Chinook jargon" to help them communicate with the First Nations people they would meet.

He died at the age of seventy, soon after travelling as Inspector of Fisheries to find a site for a salmon hatchery on the Fraser River. Anderson is commemorated in the naming of Anderson Lake in BC, the Anderson River (a small tributary of the Fraser), and Anderson Island, in Puget Sound near Nisqually.

Manifold, Albert H.

  • IE-MAH001
  • Person
  • August 1962-

Albert Manifold is an Irish businessman who has been the CEO of CRH plc, a building materials group, since January 2014. Manifold had been COO and board member of CRH since January 2009.

Bartelski, Konrad

  • GB-BK001
  • Person
  • May 27, 1954-

Konrad Bartelski is a former British alpine ski racer who produced the best result by a Briton on the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit in 1981 by coming within 0.11 seconds of winning a World Cup downhill race at Val Gardena. Bartelski grew up in the Netherlands and is of Polish origin. He competed at his first Olympics at the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo at the age of 17. Two years later, he finished 15th at the 1974 World Championships. In February 1975, he had a dramatic and spectacular fall during the downhill race at Megève and suffered a concussion and a broken nose which kept him out of action for several weeks. He failed to feature in the top placings for the next five years until finishing 12th at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Towards the end of his career, Bartelski began to make appearances in the commentary box for Ski Sunday on BBC television - the programme which gained him his fame in his home country. He also worked for Sky Television on the Ford Ski Report and Great Escapes, and for BBC Radio Five Live and several broadsheet UK newspapers including The Guardian, Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times and The Times. For 10 years he was a director of Badger Sports, a Winter Sports distributor. In the late 1990s, he switched to behind the television cameras, as an assistant producer for Trans World International (TWI) and moved to Octagon CSI in 2001. By 2003 he moved to ESPN Classic Sport, broadcasting in Italy and France and later the United Kingdom. Konrad is married to Shauna, with a grown up daughter, Sophie, who is also a charity worker. Since 1997 he has been President and former chairman of Back Up, a charity helping people paralysed through spinal cord injury. He is also Chairman of the Selectors of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation, and a fund-raiser for Christies’ British Ski Team Appeal Auction.

Bell, Graham

  • GB-BG001
  • Person
  • 1966-

Graham Bell is a British Olympic skier, TV presenter, adventurer and journalist. He has claimed the title of the Ski Champion of Britain on eight occasions during his illustrious career. Graham was born on the Akrotiri Royal Air Force station in Cyprus in 1966, the son of pilot Rod Bell and teacher Jean Bell. Graham’s love of skiing started at age 5 when his father was posted to Edinburgh, Scotland. He learned to ski in the Cairngorm Mountains and Hillend dry slope. By the time the family moved to Yorkshire, England (where his father was posted), Graham and his brother Martin were both racing full-time on the World Cup circuit, although they developed close ties with Harrogate dry ski slope, holding coaching camps there in the summer. He continues to commentate on the Winter Olympics, fronts the popular and iconic BBC primetime series ‘Ski Sunday’, and works with a range of organisations and events to support the development of both winter sports and summer sports, including sailing, triathlon events, and cycling. He uses his experience as a TV presenter and a cameraman to enable him to cover extreme sporting events, as well as winter sports. He was a key pundit for the BBC’s coverage of the World Triathlon Series and has also presented the prime-time sports programme ‘High Altitude’. Graham was also the Performance Director of Channel 4’s popular show The Jump, teaching celebrities various disciplines in the Winter Olympics. In addition to television presenting, Graham has also carved out a career on the corporate market as an after dinner and motivational speaker.

Barnfield, Alfred

  • GB-BA001
  • Person
  • b. c. 1868 fl 1926

Originally from London, England, Alfred Barnfield caught his first glimpse of the Alta Lake area on his way to the Klondike gold fields from his home in Squamish in 1895. In 1903, he formed a prospecting group with other Englishmen called ‘The London Group’ that prospected in the Garibaldi/Black Tusk area. They are credited with the original name of Whistler Mountain – London Mountain. In 1905, Alfred returned to Alta Lake to settle 160 acres near the northeast end of Alta Lake. The same year, Daisy Hotchkiss arrived, riding on top of a wagonload of potatoes bound for a logging camp. Despite their vast age difference (she was 19 and he was 42), they married in 1910. By all accounts, it was a happy marriage, and they had four children – Fred, William, Vera and Charles. The Barnfields worked hard to establish a dairy farm on their Alta Lake property. Within the next few years, the railway from North Vancouver extended up to Alta Lake, opening up a thriving tourist trade. In the right place at the right time, Alfred and his son became a familiar sight as they paddled a dugout canoe, delivering milk, cream and eggs to lakefront lodges. They also passed along the local news/gossip. By 1920, they had 14 cows supplying the local population with fresh milk. Rainbow Lodge was their biggest customer – our records indicate that their daily order consisted of 80 quarts of milk, four quarts of whipping cream, and two quarts of table cream. In 1926, the Barnfields moved the farm south to Brackendale, but every summer they loaded cows and chickens onto the train and made the trek back to Alta Lake for the tourist season. Today, Barnfield is one of Whistler’s residential areas near Tapleys and Whistler Cay.

Antediluvian Order of Froth Blowers

  • GB-ANT-001
  • Corporate body
  • 1924-

The Ancient Order of Froth-Blowers was a humorous British charitable organisation "to foster the noble Art and gentle and healthy Pastime of froth blowing amongst Gentlemen of-leisure and ex-Soldiers". Though the organization peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, it has been briefly revived intermittently since then.

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