News journalist John Lewis looks back at the year that was 2012 and the stories that stayed with him.December 6, 2012 4:22am
"Vanessa's story is such a powerful one of resilience in the face of unimaginable tragedy it hit the national headlines - but it also needed to be heard by our community. It was a privilege to talk to her," John said.
"Eddie has a great sense of humour and was full of terrific yarns about his life on the road - it was a pleasure to meet and talk to him. Anyone who spends 60 years in the driver's seat on Aussie roads deserves to have their story told," John said.
"Lina and George were brave and honest in letting me into their home after such a terrifyingly close brush with tragedy. Their story of survival also had an important safety message for all of us," John said.
"We are surrounded by senseless deaths - but teenager Kane's story was made special by his decision to donate his organs and help the lives of others," John said.
"Telling his story was a chance to shine a light into the darkness and find something positive."
"It's the passions that drive people that make the world such a fascinating place - and who would have thought an accountant from Kyabram was also a Russian Roulette stunt pilot?" John said.
"Never judge a book by its cover, or an accountant by his briefcase."
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