For the last 23 years, San Jose State University in California holds a contest by the title name, paying homage to Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who wrote the immortal "It was a dark and stormy night," opening sentence.
This year, the winner is Dan McKay. I won't post his opening sentence here, but you can read it if you click here, which has a link to the Yahoo! post.
In keeping with the topic, I encourage everyone to post their own bad opening sentences here, and I will do the same directly.