Kevin O’Brien Is Back In Westport Today

Earlier this month, I posted a story about Kevin O’Brien. He’s the former Westporter who — at 17 years old, in 1970 — spent many homeless nights in what was then called Needle Park.

He’s gone on to lead a very successful life. But he retains fond memories of those tough teenage years. At the end of the piece, he noted that he’d be driving through New England soon, and hoped to stop in Westport.

Last night, he wrote:

I’ll be in Westport on Saturday, October 17th [today] around 4 p.m. I plan to have a slice of pizza for old time’s sake at the Westport Pizzeria, and maybe a drink at the old post office [now Post 154]. If you see a red Can Am Spyder, that’s me. Sunday I’m off to visit the 9/11 memorial in NYC, and points south. πŸ™‚

Kevin would love to see as many old friends — and current Westporters — as possible. If you meet him, please give him a hearty “06880” hello!

Kevin O'Brien celebrating Christmas in Westport, 1970.

Kevin O’Brien celebrating Christmas in Westport, 1970.

Kevin O'Brien, in the Navy.

Kevin O’Brien years later, in the Navy.

6 responses to “Kevin O’Brien Is Back In Westport Today

  1. If we don’t actually meet up with you, know that you and your story struck a responsive chord in my heart and it’s for those kinds of reactions to one another that we exist in this world…and by good fortune, here in New England. Enjoy your time and safe travels!

  2. Jill Turner Odice

    Hey Kevin, sorry I can’t be there to say hi…but I will be there in spirit πŸ™‚ It’s been a long time since I last saw you, glad you are doing well! You would probably remember me as “Joie”…I hung out with Peter Funk, Lather, Erik Russ and that gang…Enjoy your visit and have a slice of Pizza for me πŸ™‚

  3. Kevin, Susan Feliciano’s eloquent words mirrors my response to your original post. I can’t be there to enjoy a ‘slice’ with you, but hope your visit to Westport is one of happiness and peace. Fair Winds and safe travels, Kevin.

  4. Haven’t succeeded in making contact with Kevin yet, but I’m thinking what he’s thinking per his note to Dan – meet up at Westport Pizzeria at 4:00 to welcome him back to his hometown! I’ll be there

  5. Jacques Voris

    Just remember the pizzeria moved to 143 Post Road East.

  6. Kevin O'Brien

    Seven people showed up, and it was great to see and meet them. To those who couldn’t you were still there in spirit and in my heart. Joie, I remember you well, and the others you mentioned. Openline was a great place for us. And Susan F, Susan H, Jaques, thank you also. The only regret was that Dan couldn’t be there because of previous commitments. My email address is Please stay in touch, even if it’s only once in a while, because it’ll seriously make my day. And Prill, thanks for taking me into your home and making me feel like a part of your family. You’re the best.