Family Business: Founded: Bad Boy Furniture
Family background: Poor - son of Jewish immigrants from Poland who ran a fruit stand in Kensington Market.
Education: Dropped out of school after Grade 12 to get a job in a furniture store.
Nemesis: Adam Vaughan: Lastman threatened to kill Vaughan, then a CBC reporter, for purportedly leaking news of his wife's arrest for shoplifting in 1999
Transportation: Cadillac and then Town Car driven by a city staffer during 31 years as mayor of North York and then Toronto.
Pride: Overcame his initial reticence and lead the 1998 Pride parade for the first time, soaking the crowd uproariously with a hose atop an antique fire truck.
Public art: Mocked for his Moose In The City project in 2000, which saw 326 artist- decorated sculptures of the animal installed around the city.
Racism accusations: Told reporters, before a trip to Kenya to promote Toronto's Olympic bid, that he was worried he'd be boiled in a pot by African natives.
Subway record: Cut the ribbon in 2002 to open the Sheppard subway, a project he'd long promoted.
Domestic troubles: Lastman's wife, Marilyn, claimed to have been kidnapped and showed up unharmed 10 hours later. She was also arrested for shoplifting in 1999. In 2000, Lastman's mistress and two sons he fathered with her sued for child support.
Relationship with council: Was a reliable champion of conservative causes but compromised with lefty opponents, including Jack Layton on the homelessness file.
Re-election: Beat a weak field of candidates to win re-election in 2000 with a whopping 80 per cent of the vote.
Scandals: Presided over City Hall during the MFP computer leasing scandal, when millions of dollars of public funds were wasted on an inflated IT contract and one councillor was allegedly paid off.
What's wrong with this picture?: Provoked outrage when he was photographed in 2002 shaking hands with a member of the Hells Angels.
Pride of suburbia: Much loved in the burbs, was mayor of North York for 25 years before becoming the first chief magistrate of the "Megacity" in 1998.
Crisis management: Called in the army to remove snow.
Mayor vs. NOW: Tried to ban NOW Magazine from North York City Hall in 1988 because of our adult classified section.
Family Business: Inherited: Deco Labels and Tags
Catchphrase: "Subways, subways, subways!"
Family background: Rich - son of Doug Ford Sr., founder of Deco Adhesive Products Ltd. and Conservative MPP for Etobicoke-Humber under Mike Harris.
Education: Dropped out of York's continuing education after leaving Carleton two courses short of graduating in political science.
Nemesis: Adam Vaughan: Ford called Vaughan, a possible mayoralty challenger, "two steps left of Joe Stalin." Vaughan labelled Ford a "part-time mayor."
Transportation: Chevrolet Uplander mini-van and Cadillac Escalade Ability driven by himself, sometimes while reading city documents.
Pride: Avoided the parade, pointedly spending the day at the family cottage instead, but made a surprise appearance at a PFLAG flag-raising in May.
Public art: Mocked by street artists, who have painted thousands of unflattering portraits of him in Toronto alleyways following the launch of his "war on graffiti."
Racism accusations: Told council "Oriental people work like dogs" and were "taking over."
Subway record: Quest to extend Lastman's Sheppard line ended in March when council rebelled and a pproved an LRT line instead.
Domestic troubles: Little is known about the mayor's wife, Renata Ford. But police have been called to the family's home an unknown number of times in the past four years to investigate domestic disputes.
Relationship with council: Is a reliable champion of conservative causes but fails to form alliances with lefties or even centrist councillors, a major factor in his defeats on the budget and transit.
Re-election: May yet win re-election, but unless he delivers the Leafs a Stanley Cup or rescues a child stranded at the bottom of a well in the next two years, he'll never match Mel's numbers.
Scandals: Generates a seemingly endless series of increasingly serious scandals, the most recent an ombudsman's report that found he meddled in the civic appointments process.
What's wrong with this picture?: Had some explaining to do after he was photographed at the 2012 New Year's Levee with a well-known white supremacist.
Pride of suburbia: Rode a wave of suburban dissatisfaction to win the 2010 election, but lost in all but one downtown ward.
Crisis management: Called in the police to remove a comedian.
Mayor vs. NOW: Tried to ban NOW Magazine from Toronto City Hall in 2011 because of our Photoshopped cover photo of him in his boxers.