George was born to Lewis and Meredith O’Connor on September 23, 1972, the second of three children. Michael was the oldest by three years, and Sasha was four years younger than George. They were a close family, and the boys were not only brothers but also best friends. The family was upper middle class with both parents working.
George learned things quickly and excelled in all his classes. During his elementary and middle school years, many meetings were called to discuss moving him up a class or two. His parents strictly forbid it. They knew that, intelligence-wise, he was ahead of others his age, but socially he was a little backward, and they knew it would create problems for him among older kids. Michael had already been in after-school detention twice for getting into fights with bullies who picked on George.
The high school years were much better, and George graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA and attended the University of Mississippi School of Engineering in Oxford. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
After receiving his degree, George was hired by SEDC in Atlanta, Georgia, as a programmer. This is not where he wanted to work, but he needed to get some experience under his belt and felt this was a good place to start. He really wanted to be closer to home. He worked with SEDC for two years ,and then applied for a job as a .NET programmer at Ole Miss. He went through the interview process and was hired.
In 2005, he returned home to Oxford to meet his brother’s girlfriend. Michael was bringing her to meet the family, and he asked both George and Sasha be there. George took a week’s vacation and went home early.
When George and Michael's girlfriend Veronica were introduced, there was an instant attraction between the two. George and Veronica tried to fight their feelings, but were unable to deny them. They met secretly for a few weeks, and then together they told Michael that they had fallen in love. Michael was heartbroken, and the relationship between him and George has never quite recovered.
Even though the newlyweds would only be together on weekends until Ronnie finished her training, they married in May 2006. Veronica had a daughter by a prior marriage, and it wasn’t long before Haley was calling George "Daddy." George told everyone how much he loved the little girl and how he wished she were really his.
The Smith/O’Connor family decided to make their permanent home in George’s hometown. They purchased a two-story home and put down roots in Oxford, Mississippi.
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