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Remember Randy Cargill?
When did you attend at Priory?
1967 to 1972
Who were your most unforgettable teachers?
There were a few.
Mr. John Tansey; for teaching me to write in italics. When Mr. Tansey wrote on the blackboard, the math didn’t interest me very much, but his handwriting did. Both Simon Blake and I asked Mr. Tansey if he would teach us how to write that way. I guess he figured we wouldn’t learn anything else and we were constantly misbehaving in class, so why not go with what you’ve got, right? Mr. Tansey imported 2 Osmeroid italic pens from England for us, wrote out the alphabet and away we went. I can’t begin to tell you what a plus it’s been throughout my various careers having such distinctive handwriting. People actually thought that I was educated.
Mr. Graham Davis, for being the first to bring out the artist in me. For many years I have been an artisan working with resins, wood and stoned.
Unnamed Biology Teacher who once told me that I would never amount to anything.
Then there was the holy trinity, the three people who were responsible for keeping me in school: Henry Fowler, Patrick Bourke & Julie Webster. I remain most grateful for their efforts
Who were your best friends at Priory?
Simon Blake, Ofer Zusmanovitch, Brian Langford, John Samms, Ray Carter. Not many parents would allow their kids to associate with me. Those parents who did were courageous.
There were many, many wonderful people who I couldn’t quite say were my ‘best friends’ but who’s company I enjoyed and benefited from every day at school. Smitty was among them, especially after a couple of Devon Duppies. One of the things I liked most about Priory was the quality of people that attended. For the most part, they were young ladies and gentleman. Mr. Fowler set the standard and it showed.
Randy plays music with Ray Carter
Who are you in touch with now?
Simon Blake and I go back and forth on the internet regularly.
My family and I spend most of our holidays with Darlene Ince (now Plant) and her family. Our children grew up together and they live nearby.
Once in a while Cat Coore and the Third World brethren blow through the area on tour. Always a trip to hang out with them. I think I still owe Cat a jerk chicken dinner.
I am in touch with Smitty of course. Heard from Charles Carroll the other day. That was nice.
Robin Samms and his lovely wife and daughters like to visit the Palm Springs area occasionally. I usually get to see them. Robin is quite a golf nut and he enjoys whacking the ball around on a few of our 128 local courses.
Everyone else seems to be keeping their distance. I guess their parents are still influencing to them.
Who would you like to trace if we could?
I would be delighted to chat with anyone from those happy days. Hey, how about the swimmers? Anybody still churning up a pool? Anybody remember the saltwater aquarium? Would the kid who killed Charley the Puffer Fish by feeding it one of Miss Lou’s patties like to quietly confess now? You have been carrying the burden for so many years. Let’s hear from you.
Randy - Student Swimming Coach
Preparing that aquarium Charlie .....before ingesting the pattie
What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
A no me, a no me, a no me! Me woulda neva elp ang up Missa Reeve’s onda motorbike eena de roundabout mango tree. Han hall a dhose muddas what come fe pick up fe dem pickney at 1:00 see de poor teacha hunda de tree a bawl pure yeye watta. Lawd what a wicked ting sah
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
‘Mad’ John Harvey was certifiable. Simon Blake was sitting just behind him and I was driving the ambulance.
Where do you live and what do you do now?
I have lived in the Palm Springs, California area for the last 18 years. To ‘mek a bread’, I am a sales manager for a large Southern California new home builder. But what I really like to do is play with my toys: Surfboard, skies, bicycles, pools, rocks, trails & bush. I enjoy most of the same stuff that I did as a kid, except I have more time to play as I no longer have to do homework.
Tell us about any significant other(s)?
I got married soon after I left Priory. I was barely 19 years old. I married Claudia, the beautiful daughter of the prominent Jamaican architect, Wilson Chong. How I got away with it I don’t know. While we were dating Mr. Chong threatened to ‘shoot my rass’. But he eventually bit the bullet that was meant for me and bought the wedding cake. We became great buddies thereafter. Claudia is now an operating room nurse at Eisenhower Medical Hospital and my Night Nurse. We have 3 pickney:
Kimberley, 29’ is a lab technician for Pfizer (yes!) married to Greg, my buddy and parents of Amanda, 1, the world’s finest example of a granddaughter (really)
Amanda with Coach Randy
Keoni, 27, is the bar manager for the ultra night club ‘Jet’ at the Mirage in Las Vegas (yes!)
Kendall, 25, is following in his grandfathers footsteps and studying at The New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego. (very expensive) “Don’t worry about the money Pop”, Kendall says. “It will come back to you. I’m going to be the most successful of all your children and I’m going to put you in the best nursing home money can buy.” (great)
My parents still live near by in Palm Desert.
Randy, Claudia, Kendall, Kimberley and Keoni
Tell us about any nusual meeting with a Priory person from the past. When, where, how?
Simon came to spend a couple of days with me about 6 months ago. It was great to see him of course, especially after all of the years. Needless to say we sat up well into the night recounting our adventures as students at Priory. I was pleased to learn that he is doing so well. Remarkable considering how easily our often wayward march towards adulthood could have so easily turned ugly.
When Julie Webster is not assisting children with learning challenges or handing out leaflets on street corners in Santa Monica, she likes to hang out in the desert. Her favorite place to roost is a resort near to where I live called Two Bunch Palms. It’s an old hideout for famous gangsters and the Hollywood set. Well into the night you will find her marinating in the resorts natural hot springs which rise up through a fissure in the San Andres Fault. The springs are set in an eerie forest of giant fan palms. Sometimes when the place is awash in moonlight and the air temperature hovers in the upper 90s, I will pay her a visit and we discuss many things: “Things that were, things that are, and things that have not yet come to pass.”
Julie Webster and Randy May 2005
What do you think of the Priory site?
I never miss an issue. It’s great fun. It must be a ton of work. Hope Smitty doesn’t suffer from burn out and keeps up the fine work. We may have to take up a collection for him soon. The photo section is getting so large it may need to be formatted along the lines of ‘Once Upon a Time.’ Cheers!
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