The Obrien Factor

the devil made me do it was not only Flip Wilson’s slogan but also Mark O’Brien’s. Mark had a habit of doing bad things like stealing from the club. I think he was adopted as his parents were very old and did not have much control over him. At the Hoffman Estates Boys Club he did things to get himself kicked out a lot. He was also into drugs and he was only 11 years old. I tried my best to get him into club activities however he only wanted to talk to me one-on-one. Since I was a one-man director I really didn’t have time for that as I needed to be with the majority of the kids. Mark needed special attention but he would not share me so there wasn’t much I could do for him. I often wondered what happened to Mark.

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