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40 Years of KISS

Posted on 01/17/2013
I don't have enough space to write about what this band has meant to me in my lifetime. I have been with Kiss through all the ups and downs, and have never wavered in my loyalty. From the moment I heard Detroit Rock City played to me over the phone by my best friend, I was hooked. Kiss has changed my life, given me a reason to believe in myself when no one else would, and it has showed me what is possible with hard work and patience. When no one else believed in me, Kiss told me that I could believe in myself. I am a professor of English to hundreds of college students per year, and that basic Kiss credo of be proud of who you are and you will accomplish your dreams is a message I preach in every class. Thank you for that. Yes, I'm a freak, and it's a cross I'm proud to bear. Here's a photograph I took at my first Kiss concert at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum in November of 1977. All it was was a hand-held 110 film camera I held up high and clicked. The result speaks for itself. Thanks, Paul, Gene, Eric, and Tommy, for keeping the dream alive.
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