I was a die-hard KISS fan when I was younger and the article from the August 1975 issue ( which I still have btw- it sits on my desk as a reminder of sorts... ) " I Dreamed I Was On Stage With KISS In My Maidenform Bra" by CREEM co-founder Jaan Uhelszki was mindblowing to my 12 year old self, and, I think that was when I decided that no matter what I did in life, music would have to be involved because it was proven to me that it didn't matter if you were a girl, you could go and kick ass with the best of them. Yes, Jaan and CREEM were a major influence on me. I have worked in both radio and print and a few years ago co-founded an online regional rock magazine called "ZRock'R". If you read my bio on the site ( https://zrockr.com/author/slee/) you will see that I give a nod to both Jaan and CREEM. When we first launched, I sent a link to Jaan and thanked her for her influence on me and all of us who were young women with rock n roll journalistic dreams. She shared out the link and said we kicked ass- I think I cried happy tears when I saw that- my/ our work was validated and called kick ass by the person who influenced me as a kid, the First Lady of Rock Journalism herself! When I get frustrated or bummed out that things are rocky ( and yes, there is still that " oh you're a chick" stigma among some rock n roll folks til ya prove you have balls as big as the next guy ) I look at that August 75 issue or the CREEM August '77 cover ( always like that KISS Godzilla influenced pic) I have framed hanging above my desk and, boy howdy, we push forward! Thank you Jaan and CREEM for your influence over the years- you were my go to as a kid in a small midwestern town who loved music more than anything and you remain a big influence and inspiration even today.