Terry McDonough

Profile Updated: October 1, 2009
Residing In: Lexington, KY USA
Pre-Retirement Occupation: Hospital patient transport
Children: My personal family tree only goes up
Military Service: Army  
How did you find our class website?

I received a few e-mails from classmates.

Do you still have family that live around Crystal Lake?

My sister Megan, lives around O'hare airport.

How often do you get back to Crystal Lake?

Once every few years

Would you ever move back to the Crystal Lake area?

Never thought of it.

What got you into the kind of work you are or were doing?

Needed a daytime job with benefits so I could persue a carreer as a sideman in dancebands.

What previous jobs did you do?

Horse Farm Mow Crew
Construction laborer
Home health aide
Hotel switchboard operator
Physical Therapy tech

What did you do immediately following high school?

Worked a little and joined the Army

What do you see yourself doing in 2029?

Hope to have left Rock music but continue my side work in Dixie Land Jazz groups

How long have you been married?

Never married


I have to play with my girlfriends grandchildren for now

School Story:

Looking out the window from English class to see someone spinning do-nuts in the gravel parling lot in my car . The one with band aids holding the wires from the Mini 8 player across the headliner overhead to the speakers on the back deck.

What have been the high points of your life since high school?

Always having a good girlfriend yet never getting hitched.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Rehearse new numbers for the band
Go to and particiate at church

Favorite places to visit?

Cumberland Falls, Whitley County, Kentucky
One of two places in the world which produces a "Moonbow" or a rainbow in the light of a full moon. Standing at the edge of the falls looking at it is breathtaking. Now if you are standing there and holding someone by the hand and looking at it, you are in for a great night. Trust me on that one.

Places you want to visit but have not yet done so?

Grand Canyon
Cubs World Series Game

What would we be surprised to know about you?

One night, many years ago, I had backstage passes to the "Opry" in Nashville. I sat with Ernest Ashworth (Talk Back Tremblin" Lips) for an hour and taslked music. As he got up to go onstage, George Jones came out of a side room. Now I ain't sayin' he was drunk but it took three good sized guys to hold him up. As George swung to hit one of them, the guy ducked and George hit me about full force. Jim Ed Brown was hosting and the folks I was with met up with Barbara Mandrell in a tight red spangly red dress. I wasn't quite thirty yet and hoping for a power failure.

What are your memories of high school?

I had a crush on every girl in the class. I was i a band with Ted Finger on bass I was playing guitar and lord help me with my memory but I think it was Mike Swenson on drums and his brother playing guitar. Mikes Bass drum just rolled over or a cymbal stand went down. I don't remember because I was mortified. Everthing was funny to me. Mr. Fatchett in some kind of shop class was good.

What’s your favorite memory of CLCHS?

Dreaming about girls and taking a sledgehammer to a 49 Henry J at a pep rally. I wish I had one of those now.

Who was your favorite teacher at CLCHS and why?

Mr. Brady He was the only teacher silly enough to give me my only "A" on a report card. I really liked Mr. Tibbs for drivers ed. He was football coach and PE guy too.

What famous or interesting people have you met?

Zsa Zsa GAbor actress
Pat O'Brien actor
Dwane Hickman actor Dobie Gillis
Brandon De Wilde actor kid in Shane
Alan Jackson singer
Al Herman Jazz great and inventor
Rick Patino coach (Louisville)

What cool things have you done? (Cool being defined as whatever YOU think is cool!)

Being rather plain and non descript as far as looks go, I got a really beautiful woman to be my girlfriend using only wit and charm. Those of you who remember me are probably rolling on the floor but it is true. She is my girlfriend now and I hope she remains.

Any words of wisdom?

Health. Watch it like a teenager. Those snacks add up in a hurry at our age. Forget tobacco, fatty foods and too much liquor. Stick around for your grandkids.

Watched the sunrise with someone? Tell us about it!

Living in Ft. Lauderdale for seven years after the Army, I spent a zillion sunrises in the beach. Once, so tired from working the previous day and playing guitar to the wee hours, I wrapped up in a sheet to go to sleep after we cooked breakfast on the beach. The sun went through the sheet and burned my legs and feet really bad.

What animal would you be if you could choose one?

Thoroughbred racehorse. You need to drive thru Ky and look at the farms and horses.

Have you ever just sat outside in the rain?

After the eviction notice. Just kidding

Where were you born?

Sherman Hospital, Chicago, IL

Name something you love.

At 58, I love being in love. I never really experienced it in my youth as I was rather self centered. Now with someone being the most important thing in my life, I have reason to attack the day and greet it with a smile.

How do you relax? (Mentally and/or physically!)

I listen to music to relax. I love Jerry Vale and play his recordings often. I work 3 jobs so I don't relax physically. I am

When was the last time you belly laughed?

Today; 1 - Oct - 09

Anything else we should know?

Mother is 96 and very well. I played her in Scrabble 2 weeks ago on a visit and she beat the %@#! out of me. She has for years.

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Phil was a great friend and sort of the leader of our neighborhood gang.  A great competitor in the sports we all did as young guys.  We had a lotta fun in those days.   I haven't talked to him in a zillion years yet it hurts to hear of his passing.

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That's me on the Banjo. Nice outfits huh?
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