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Papa, born 1892 Mama, born 1905 Mama, age 41, a year before my mom was born The Sicilians Papa and my mom, early 1950’s. Dad, 1968. Marine Corp. Magical Mama, always in her garden with her saints. Mama and me, with Perry the parakeet. Me and my Dad. He was 21 here. Toddler me Mom and her teased up hair. Dad and his chopper, 1973 Me and my Dad Always reading, age 4! Dad and Zac Dad, Tammy, and Zac. 2nd Grade and the terror of Miss Strong. Grade school report cards. “She needs to set goals for herself”. Out on the farm, with Clem the beagle 3rd Grade. 4th grade. I could finally see the world! 5th grade My mom made me do it. 7th grade Addicted to Love era, age 14 The PowerStation. John Taylor is dreamy! Kathy, my BFF and Starry Eyes, age 14 Sophomore Year The David Lee Roth Incident Rokken with Dokken! And Nikki and Tommy. I’m awkward most of the time Age 16 Kathy meditating to Motley Crue It was either Budweiser or Sun Country Wine coolers for us 80’s kids Columbus Dispatch, 1987 The first time I saw Nikki Sixx onstage. Buckeye Lake Music Center, July 1987. There is an entire story about the condition of this ticket stub. Love my Starry Eyes! Me and Aaron, Holly Prom 1987 Meeting Rudy Sarzo, Columbus 1987 Christmas 1987, age 16 My Dad, age 37, and his wife, Mary. On the Tridge in Midland, MI Memorial Day 1988 I was an OG member of the GN’R fan club! Mom and Dick picking me up from my Dad’s house, June 1988 Senior Year Salty Dog. My pal Pete Reveen is on guitar here. Cleveland, Spring 1990. Salty Dog’s tour manager. Chasing rockers LA Guns was supposed to open this show, instead I think it was Shock Tu. Newport Antics Hanging in my 73 Super Beetle with my GnR shirt and my friend Dustin. More Buckeye Lake Fun. The Recording Workshop Advert Alrosa Villa lineup the month of May, 1990. My last show there was the 19th, for Shanghai. The Godz played down at the Newport. My friend David was killed after the London Quireboys played the Newport on May 25, 1990. RIP David Owen Henderson. Senior picture. I was not messing around when I said I wanted to move to Los Angeles. Not many photos of my first year in LA. But it all started at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. The one and only Kevin Amici. My rock n’ roll brother. Aaron “Dale” Blevins, 1991. My roommate and bestie for a while. He passed in 2011 before I started writing this book. Long Beach Arena, September 14, 1990. My 19th Birthday. I was hired in April 1991 to be Brian Slagel’s assistant. Valley Girl, 1991. Matt’s blazer that was covered in drywall dust. This is Matt Avery, my boyfriend for a while. The ultimate musician. NoHo, 1991. Noodling on Matt’s guitar. Hollywood nights, 1991 Matt’s apartment in NoHo The closest thing to a nude photo I’ve ever done. Foundations, 1991. Sitting outside Brian’s office. Photo by John Bush. Armored Saint. I started at Metal Blade right as this was coming out. Great album. Not my favorite. Chris Barnes tried to eat my fingers. Loved this LA band. Rick told me to call Lonn Friend, and I never did. I didn’t meet Lonn until he found me on Instagram in 2018. He agreed to write the foreword to my book! OMG. Right around the time of the LA Riots, 1992. Photo by Tracy Vera. I left LA shortly after. LA Parking tickets. It never stopped. Tracy and me, 2002. My Virgo big sister and all around awesome human. John Bush and Anthrax came through Columbus a couple of times. This is Karen. At my Vegas wedding, 1997. Kathy and me and John Bush before an Armored Saint show at the Troubadour. 2000. Grad school apartment, Los Angeles, 2002 Graduating UCLA with my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Visiting my Dad, Michigan, 2003. Matt Avery and me, Columbus, 2016 Metalhead Librarian, 2016. As I was writing, I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. All my hair fell out! I was able to interview Joey Vera for my book. Thanks, Joey! Tracy Vera and me, Phoenix 2019. Jim Matheos and Joey Vera on the Fates’ Warning bus, Phoenix 2019. My old friend, Ray Alder. I ended up using a selfie as my author photo. My friend Kevin Amici. We’re old now! Joey!!! Mr. Sarzo has my book! Lonn Friend with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records. Thanks, you guys!