From "TV Preview," October 5, 2003
By Taylor Michaels
TV Q & A
Q: What happened to Steve Thomas from "This Old House"? He
disappeared without explanation. Laurie
A: There's no dirty little secret. It's simply that after 14
years on "This Old House," Thomas wanted to move on to other
things, reportedly including some new projects on the DIY
Network. He left under very amicable terms and will continue
to be seen in repeats of older episodes of "This Old House."
New host Kevin O'Connor is still in "pinch me, I must be
dreaming" mode. The former bank executive landed his "House"
gig through sheer serendipity, after he and his wife, Kathleen,
e-mailed "Ask This Old House" for tips on renovating their
first home, a Queen Anne Victorian.
To the couple's shock, a "This Old House" crew showed up to
offer advice and assistance, and the show's producers noticed
O'Connor's easy on-camera rapport with the "House" team. He
spent much of the past summer at "This Old House boot camp"
with master carpenter Norm Abram, general contractor Tom
Silva, heating and plumbing guru Richard Trethewey and
landscape contractor Roger Cook. "My friends are so jealous