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|Jeremy | Age: 17 | Virginia
Character: Seymour O'Connor
Seymour O'Connor is a third generation auto mechanic that
has spent his entire life under the shadow of his older brother.
Being the less successful of the two O'Connor boys, Seymour
simply rose to fill his father's place in the family auto
repair business, while Seymour's brother became a famous jet-setting
actor in Hollywood. To be honest though, it is nothing new.
Since childhood, Seymour has always played second fiddle to
his brother. During the day, Seymour spends his hours watching
over the auto repair store in the same sleepy town that his
grandfather started the shop a few years before the First
World War. Now that Seymour's father is old and retired, Seymour
has simply followed in the same tradition of the O'Connor
men. Seymour is absolutely against the life of an auto mechanic.
His true passion is music. Once the store closes for the night,
Seymour removes his work gloves and listens to his old 78
rpm records in the back of the store where he lives. Seymour
is also a very talented musician, especially when it comes
to the banjo (though he would never admit it). Seymour has
lived his life in his music, while the rest of the world revolved
around his older sibling. Seymour has been a recluse from
a very early age and has spent nearly his entire life ostracizing
others and self perpetuating his hermit habits. At one point,
Seymour was the banjoist for a local blue grass band called
"The Blue Grass Cutters". With that small band,
Seymour traveled to several state farms and local competitions,
and even cut a record of a few of their songs. The band did
not last long though; internal power struggles between band
members and even a failed romance between the guitarist and
the lead vocalist caused the band to disintegrate. Seymour
still writes his own music to this day and for those that
are lucky enough to be around the O'Connor Auto Repair shop
at night, are often treated to the gentle twang of a single
banjo or the classic resonance of old vinyl jazz records.
But for those that actually want their car repaired it would
be wise to look elsewhere; that O'Connor boy would not know
his way under a car if one ran him over.