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moment, the legend of Brian Higgins was born at the law school and, thereafter,
he was known to many as “The Brillo”.
At the end of first year, Brian was unsure about law school and decided
to take a year off. He and Jim moved to Kings Beach, California at Lake
Tahoe. The attraction for Brian was poker, and he could often be found at
the back table of the Sahara Tahoe playing with the meanest-looking cowboys
you can imagine.
After Tahoe, they made their way to the quiet little town of Paleahora on
the Greek island of Crete and stayed for a couple of months sitting around
in the shade at Giori’s Bar sipping ouzo, eating peanuts and talking about
history and philosophy. At night they would close down Maria’s Taverna on
the beach, sometimes with the full moon coming up over the sea. One
night, Brian decided to liven things up and with some fellow travellers put
on dresses and makeup and promenaded down the main street alongside
the townsfolk out for their evening walk. Apparently it was a very serious
matter to be dressed in drag in Greece and they were promptly arrested and
put in jail. When Jim arrived at the jail, he was escorted to Brian’s cell and
found him in a gingham dress, rosy red cheeks, two big swaths of blue eye
shadow, and big red lips with his face forlornly pressed between two bars.
Jim told the sheriff that he was a lawyer and the guy in the gingham dress
was very well known in Canada. After a lengthy discussion and some excellent
lawyering on Jim’s part, Brian was released, much to his relief.
Brian returned to Vancouver in 1977 and shortly thereafter met his second
wife, Cheryl. They were married a few years later and were together
until 1987. As was the case with Teresa, Brian remained good friends with
Cheryl after their marriage ended.
Back at law school the next year, Brian bought a huge, gold 1962 Mercury
for $200 and promptly put a $400 sound system in it with two monster
speakers on the front dash. It was christened the “Golden Pig” and with the
Rolling Stones blaring, Brian would drive a huge carload of law students
around on Friday and Saturday nights, sometimes stopping at Vancouver
landmarks like the Varsity Grill and Olympia Pizza.
After graduating from law school in 1979, Brian and Jim drove the Golden
Pig down to Las Vegas to celebrate. As they hit the strip, Brian blasted “I
Wanted Everything” by the Ramones so loud that pedestrians turned and
watched as they cruised by. Brian played Texas Hold’em with the famous
Amarillo Slim in a roped-off area where all the mean-looking guys played at
the Tropicana. He played one of his best hands of poker ever that night and
won, which was an impressive accomplishment given the competition.3
After completing articles, the North Vancouver law firm of Higgins and
Pozer was established in 1980 and benefitted from the real estate boom of