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Monday 13 Aug 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

Today marks my Father's birthday. Like me, my father enters a room mouth first. No doubt about it, he has a commanding presence. There is however a wonderful gift my Father possesses; the gift of listening!

With a resume and friends list that reads more like a who's who in global influence, he stops to hear the needs of those around him. He takes time to invest in his neighborhood, nation and the world. He is a life changer AND world changer!

His lifes work with the justice system has helped countless millions that have gone unnoticed previously. His papers on the subject of immigration have yielded immeasurable difference in the fare treatment of those less fortunate; relating to them by his family's own trek from Wales.

Even still today, he tirelessly works to raise funds and awareness for the American Bar Association World Justice Program. (WJP) The WJP is an initiative that will engage leaders from other disciplines, (i.e. Architecture, education, environment, human rights, religion, etc.) to explore how the rule of law impacts them and how they can collaborate to advance it. Truly a World changer!

As you can tell, I admire my Father very much. I've always said if I weren't his son, I'd still have high regard for him! I am however lucky to call him my Father! With that comes a privilege that only a few are allowed. Like his father, he is one hard working fellow, who always dresses swell and has a smile whilst doing it; and yet, his family comes first! I know that I can call him 24/7! He is my greatest source of wisdom and counsel, he calls me all the time, and he never lets me forget of his love and support for me.

I must say that there is something special that only he and I share in our family. Not only are we both comical and ready to throw a party for any given occasion; but we have a definite mission (A drive really!) to make our world a better place before we leave it.

Today I honor my Father for all his "steadfast love" and friendship! Happy Birthday Dad!
 
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Friday 10 Aug 2007

Neil is SO dreamy!

I'm not one to watch television that much but the last two weeks I happen to have turned on the t.v. at just the right time.

The hit show So You Think You Can Dance has one of the cutest boys I've ever seen dancing his way to stardom. Truth is, he could dance like me (: I'm not a very good dancer) and I would still find him to be beautiful!

A quick glance of the show's website and I found this breath taking picture and interview of him. OH MY WORD! Take a look for yourself and see if I'm not speaking the truth. Sorry girls, I think he might be a gay boy! (Point of personal privilege: I call dibbs!)

~Bill Pritchard



1. What is your full name? Neil Haskell

2. Do you have a nickname?
No.

3. How old were you when you started to dance?
5 years old

4. Do you have any formal dance training? If so, please provide details regarding training.
I grew up as a competition kid, and then trained at Chautaqua Institution for ballet for 3 summers. I also went to Point Park University as a dance major for a year.

5. If you had to categorize your dance style, what would it be (hip hop, ballet, tap etc…)?
Jazz/ballet

6. What other talents/hobbies do you have?
Playing volleyball, I was MVP of my high school volleyball team in my junior and senior year.

7. Who is your favorite professional dancer?
Charlie Hodges as well as anyone from Times They Are A-Changin.

8. Does anyone in your family dance professionally?
Nope

9. Have you performed in musical theater or in public functions as a dancer?
Yes, I got my equity card last summer at Pittsburgh. I performed in Beauty and the Beast, Grease, 42 nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I was also on Broadway in the fall performing in the show The Times They Are A-Changin.

10. What would you like to see happen to you as a result of the show?
I want to use this show as a springboard for the rest of my career. I just can’t wait to use this exposure to its fullest extent

11. Where would you like to be in 10 years and what would you like to be doing?
I have no idea what will happen in 10 years, a lot could change. I’m excited to see what will happen.

12. What has been your most memorable dance experience?
Dancing on Broadway in The Times They Are A-Changin was the greatest experience ever. This show will always be the show that stays closest to my heart.
Wednesday 8 Aug 2007

Zac on the Tonight Show!

Okay, I know Zac Efron is only twenty years old, but damn the guy is super cute and talented!

He was on the Tonight Show last night.



When he grows up, he's gonna be a killer to the hearts of ladies and gay boys! (And me)
Monday 6 Aug 2007

I love Justin Boltz!

I'm so glad to see Justin back on ChicagoPride.com!

I've missed him!
Monday 30 Jul 2007

Thanks Matt

Saturday night, I met a rather sweet boy named Matt. He made it a point to come up and say hello.

He was kind and extremely generous with his encouragement of me. Like everyone else, I need to know that I am making an impact from time to time.

His stepping out to say thank you really blessed me!

THANK YOU MATT!

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