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Laura Beth Dorazio
Laura Beth Dorazio was Chris's first major high school crush.
Laura was a cheerleader who befriended Chris during his freshman year. He pined after her for about a year. When she asked if Chris was attracted to anyone, he nonchalantly told her that he had a crush on her. After telling him that she'd think about it for a couple of weeks, she told Chris that she liked him as a friend, and only that. That was essentially the end of their relationship.
Yet Chris continued to think about her. In the summer before his junior year, he depicted her as a character in his Mario Kart 64 Lego Raceway videos as "Racer #16." In his early twenties, with the utter failure of his Love Quest, his mind was drawn back to his high school years and what could have been. He habitually pored over his old yearbooks, looking at pictures of Laura and his other former gal-pals. He included three of her photos in the slideshow on his 2007 DVD.
In a slideshow note, he commented that while he had been told that she was a year older than him, "according to the yearbooks, that was a big lie." She had actually skipped a grade "for some odd reason." Given the strict attention Chris gave on his attraction signs to the age of his sweetheart-to-be, it should not be surprising that he would find this detail about Laura important.
|I did not meet her until my Freshman Year at Manchester High (she was a Cheerleader then); she was two grades ahead of me, and apparently she went to Providence Middle and was in the same class as me during my time, but she advanced to High School about 7th Grade. She was a pretty girl; I had a crush on her that one year.|
It's likely that Laura was the model for the "MHS Cheerleader" character mod he made in ModNation Racers.
Chris's memories of Laura's routines no doubt influenced his own cheerleader roleplay.
In the Comic
Despite their failure to hook up, Chris considered Laura significant enough to mention in his comic.
—Chris being a Neanderthal male.
|Sweethearts and gal-pals|