what a freakin’ small world

monday i got picked up by a friend here in sydney, and he drove me out to the suburbs for a meeting i had with our primary ys distributor here in australia — a christian bookstore chain called koorong. i had lunch with the owner of kooring and talked about youth ministry in australia, ys books, and possible one-day training events in partnership with them. had a great spicy thai curry.

when we got back to the office, he showed me around and introduced me to people. when we got to the office of his cfo, he said, “john’s an american too.” john and i made small talk for a bit, about how he ended up in australia and such. he asked about san diego, and how often i have to travel to grand rapids for zondervan visits. somewhere in the midst of that, i mentioned in passing that i grew up in detroit.

john responded with, “me too — what part?”

i said i grew up in livonia.

he said, “me too — what’s your last name?”

i said, “oestreicher.”

he quietly said, “i dated your sister.”

i TOTALLY thought he was kidding, and laughed, until he said my sister’s name. turns out this guy was in my church youth group, though a few years older than me. we’d graduated from the same high school. and he had, indeed, dated my sister for a bit while she was on a short hiatus from her previous and later boyfriend, who became my brother-in-law. he knew both of my sisters and their eventual husbands.

just too weird.

12 thoughts on “what a freakin’ small world”

  1. Simon – I went to stevenson high school, but graduated way back in 1981. I lived between 7 and 8 mile, and between merriman and farmington rd. I went to ward church, which was, back then, at 6 mile and farmington rd (it’s in northville now).

  2. That’s funny, but how many clues did it take for this guy to make the connection. I would have thought that just the last name would have been enough.

  3. Wow, I went to Stevenson High School as well as an exchange student from Germany – of course I am a lot younger than you are :-) Lived at 6 and Middlebelt. So that makes it two famous people that went to the same school as I did: Marko and Sheila Taormina

  4. Nobody’s as famous as Marko, but Eric Foster White the famous music producer, was in my graduating class at Stevenson. He wrote and produced for several 90’s artists, including Britney, Backstreet Boys, as well as some Christian artists.

  5. whoa. i used to go to ward church too, way back when it was at 6 mile and farmington and for a while after they moved. it is possible you may have known my dad or my grandparents…

    i go to calvary baptist in canton now. i think you know the middle school pastor there.

  6. Thats wild….I went t Stevenson and Ward church in 78 and I think I dated Markos cousin……ok…ok..Im lying I just wanted to be a part of the cool reunion group!

  7. Okay I’ll jump in the fray as well. I hung out with a bunch of people from William Tyndale college, now defunct, one whom was Sarah Masen. Who also attended Ward Pres. and his in Nashville as a recording artist. I lived at 14 mile and Drake during that phase of my life. 93-96

    Ward Pres. probably launched more people into some facet of ministry than any other church I’ve ever heard of.

    Unfortunately (actually fortunately) I went to Temple Baptist (when it was in Detroit)back then. I think their biggest claim to fame as of late was/is Robin Sullivan from 103.5 WMUZ.

    Nice tripping down memory lane with you all!

  8. OK…my wife, Lori, was in drama with Sarah Masen while we both attended William Tyndale College. They did skits together travelling with our choir and stuff……hello, old friends.

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