by Jim Trageser This list first appeared in the February, 1987 issue of Loud and Clear magazine (San Diego).
When I graduated from San Diego State in 1986, I was ready to conquer the world. After being turned down for employment by some of the best newspapers in the country, I lowered my sights and started pitching myself to the weeklies. When that didn't work out either, I was back flipping burgers for a paycheck.
There was this long-hair down in the Spring Valley area of San Diego publishing his own heavy metal magazine out of his mom's garage kid name of Tom Farrell. Tom was not only cool and about the most knowledgeable person I ever met about metal and hard rock, he was also the only person who would publish me then and besides, I got free LPs out of the deal.
Not so much into metal nowadays as in my 20s, but I'll still slide some AC/DC into the stereo every so often ...