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Steve 1970

Steve 2006

When did you attend Priory


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Mr and Mrs Bourke. There was a certain eccentricity about both of them.I remember having English Literature with Mrs. Bourke in her backyard. I felt so "adult". It was a real kick.


Patrick and Nell Bourke

Who were your best friends at Priory?

Didn't have that many close friends. For a while I just hung out with Evan and his friends. He was always the really outgoing one. My best friend was Dimitri Sleem. His dad would pick me up early in the morning and we would go practice tennis.


Dimitri Sleem and Evan McConnell

Who are you in touch with today?

No one! Just found out about the site from Evan by way of Debbie Brown and am interested in seeing how everyone is doing. I've always been the curious type.


Who would you like to track down?

There was this Canadian guy named Tim my first year. Always wondered what happened to him. Also wondered what happened to the Townsend sisters who lived next door to us. I think Randy Cargill dated the younger sister. I'm terrible remembering names.


                                                   Tim Baillargeon           Linda Townsend

Gail Townsend


What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Me wild? I was always the "good boy". Evan was the wild one. I was just starting to realize my attraction to members of the same sex and that I was gay, so I became somewhat more reserved. My attempts at dating a couple girls at school were disastrous.


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

There were quite a few. I remember thinking Derryck Brown and Simon Blake were pretty wild and always had girls on their minds. Sarah Jeffries was the wild and crazy girl and was always showing off her ...shall we say.... figure.


Derryck Brown  Simon Blake

Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

I live in Evanston, Illinois, right by Northwestern University. It's 8 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan. I have worked for Sears since I was in college and have moved three times, Los Angeles, Seattle and now Chicago for the last 18 years. When not working I belong to softball and tennis leagues, have season tickets to Northwestern football and love to go to movies and I watch way too much TV. I can't believe what happened on Lost the other night!


Tell us about any significant others

No "significant Other" at this time. I have two super best friends. My closest friend and also my Doctor, Bryan, didn't have any brothers so it is like a sibling rivalry with him. Everybody says we act like an old married couple that likes to debate and push each others buttons all the time. We are both very competitive, but isn't that what makes life interesting? You don't want to get complacent. Never a dull moment.

My other closest friend, Gregg, is my sports, theatre, movie and travelling buddy. He is going to the World Cup for two weeks in Germany and we went to the Olympics in Athens. We both are avid tennis players and will travel to cities in the US and Europe to see some of the bigger tennis events. One of my goals that I accomplished a few years back was to go to all 4 tennis grand slams.


Tell us about your most unusual Priory meeting

I can't remember his name, but our first year at Priory, A2 for me and A1 for Evan, Evan had a best friend that he hung out with a lot. Terry? Both of his parents were in the ministry. Well, while working in the Credit department at Sears in Los Angeles, when I was 24, I saw a credit application from him. He was married and lived about a mile from where I worked. I called him up and ended up having dinner with he and his wife of 6 months. He was still a really outgoing nice guy and his wife was terrific.

Terry (Buck ?)


What do you think of the Priory Website?

It is awesome. I haven't had a chance to spend as much time as I would like going thru it.


         Published on the Priory Website Sunday 7th May 2006

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