CREEM Magazine was my rock 'n roll school; the articles were my curriculum, the photos my visual aids, and my teachers were Lester Bangs, Billy Altman, and Ed Ward. I was born in 1957, the first of five kids in my family, so I had no older brothers or sisters to guide me towards the good stuff. As a curious 8th grader in 1971, I bought records with my paper route money, but I only knew about the rock and roll on the radio or TV - CREEM introduced me to Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and eventually other groups that I never would have heard of otherwise, like The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, and the MC5. CREEM was much more than a magazine - it was my textbook, my encyclopedia, and my bible, all in one. I learned that if it wasn't in CREEM, it probably wasn't any good, and if John Mendelsohn didn't like it, I probably wouldn't either. CREEM made me what I am today - an older dude who teaches 12th grade English wearing Patti Smith T-shirts while discussing the connections between V for Vendetta and "Anarchy in the UK." You know, cool.