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September 28, 2021 - 08:51 PM
Krystal from Seattle
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  I just saw you with Styx and REO in Washington state on September 22nd. I haven't been to a concert since I last saw REO in 1987. I cannot tell you how amazing it was to see two bands that actually helped me survive the 1970s and 1980s. I'm here on your website because of your story. In 1981 at the age of 13 I ran away from home...to be exact it was mid June of 81. I had spent the first 13 years of my life fighting being transgender. I struggled so bad and my family was so against it that I was with going to take my life or take tge risk to be myself. Thanks to the music of both Styx and REO I chose to be me. I spent from 81 to 89 on the streets of this nation in prostitution. When I left home in June of 81 I had no idea that in that same month HIV had shown up in the United States, but I learned all about it and lost many friends to it. Street life is hard and often very ugly, especially when your a transgender female. Try adding in the risks of climbing into the vehicle of a perfect stranger for money to survive and you can imagine how difficult it was. I would almost disassociate my body while turning a trick and would literally be playing the songs "come sail away" and "time for me to fly" in my head to cope. By 1989 all of my friends were gone from HIV and I had found myself in legal problems from my Street prostitution years, but I never let it destroy me. Songs like "fooling yourself" touched my soul. By the end of the 90s I had received my GED and gone on to get both a degree in biology and teaching. I would use them in the 2000s to teach biology and work for a major pharmaceutical company in HIV vaccine clinical phase three trials. I've spoken at major trans day of remembrance events and twice before members of the US senate on HIV in the trans female population.
When I saw both you and REO were coming together in concert to Seattle I started crying .. Gods honest truth. A friend bought me my ticket in a single by myself seat as close to the stage a...
 
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September 12, 2021 - 07:30 PM
peter dearcangelis from chicago,USA
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  Your bands music has been an inspiration to me from the age of 8 yrs old, LOVE IT ! Full of passion,LOve,and soul. Your story here is inspirational and encouraging. I have my own challenges due to attachment disorder. Keep inspiring us all with your strength Chuck !!! Gods Bless !!
 
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September 08, 2021 - 11:18 AM
Mike Cannon from Butler, PA
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  Hey Chuck, it's good to see you're still rocking out. Keep fighting the good fight.
 
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September 05, 2021 - 01:50 AM
Sandy Glass from NSW / Australia
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  Hey Chuck, I'm originally from Arkansas. I devoured Styx albums from Grand Illusion to Paradise Theatre. As a young vocalist in high school, I sang so many in our pop group. As a young person struggling with his sexuality, it's uncanny to think you were living a life where you couldn't be who you really were...like I was. Being a creative saved me then, and it still does, albeit for other reasons, as I came out when I was 22 (1984). Nevertheless, your story is inspiring. Thank you for your honesty, advocacy and, most of all, for your creativity.
 
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September 04, 2021 - 05:23 PM
Gary Davis from Bradenton U S
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  Hey chuck im 63 years old and have ALWAYS love the music of Styx I’m glad you are filling stronger and are touring again hang in there you are greatly appreciated I know it’s extremely late so sorry about your brother Rock on Chuck
 
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June 21, 2021 - 01:20 PM
Brad Kemp from Phoenix, AZ
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  Hi Chuck, I am a distant cousin (Granmother is Mary Kemp). I recently saw that Styx would be playing in Phoenix. Would love to see you again. You gave me tickets and backstage passes when you played at Escanaba, Mi. I read that you play once in a while with the band and would love to see you if you are with the band here. Hope this message makes it to you and you are doing well. Brad Kemp
 
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June 12, 2021 - 09:17 AM
Jim Kollintzas from South Holland/IL
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  Hi Chuck,I grew up in South Holland Illinois on Maryland Street. Close just a few blocks from your mothers house. Your book brought back memories from my childhood growing up in South Holland IL in the 70's. Wonderful book.
 
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May 10, 2021 - 09:56 AM
Jeff Lysiak from Naples, FL USA
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  Mr. Pannozzo, I recently found a STYX trading card which I would like to send to you so it could be autographed for my collection. Please send me your mailing address. Thanks so much for your time and kindness! Peace and good health always, Jeff Lysiak
 
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April 30, 2021 - 11:31 AM
Tighe from United States
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  Hello Chuck,
I grew up in the 70's and 80's at the height of Styx rise to mega stardom and still have all the record albums I bought at that time ( I still show ofgthe laser etching on Paradise Theater to my friends..lol). Most I have upgraded to CDs I am still trying to figure out how to store digitally on my laptop.
I read your story about yourself and felt a connection as you talked about feeling different from other kids. I felt that way growing up as a gay boy. There were not many people back then who could see a gay person as more then a stereotypical caracature created by media representation of what a gay man is. I knew I was not that. I was not feminine at all so disclosure was the only way my secret would be discovered so I spent years fearfully keeping to myself. I was the type of kid who spent most of my home time alone in my room listening to records and daydreaming about a life I imagined where I could be accepted and loved.
I was glad to find out you were gay like me and that you were so brave to share some about your experiences. I guess all the time growing up I felt like the only one but you were struggling as I was. It's a totally different world now and being gay is much more tolerated now. Thank God!
I was fortunate enough to see Styx at Saratoga Springs (SPAC). Great show. I am from Upstate New York but live outside of Sarasota, Florida now.
I hope you continue to stay strong and enjoy yourself. You seem like a kind and down to earth person as well as a talented musician. I wish you the best and thanks for sharing your story.

Tighe
 
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April 13, 2021 - 10:51 PM
Melanie from United States
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  Your story inspired me to add a comment. My daughter came out as gay a couple years ago. We, her dad and I, have always supported love in its many forms. My wish for her, and you, and all, is to find love that uplifts the soul, that carries her/you/all thru bad days and provides inspiration during the many good days. Thank you for your work on behalf of gay rights.
Signed,
A Fan of Love in its many Forms
 
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