But a more accepted story says that in 1973, band co-founders Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss were driving in New York City when Criss mentioned that he’d been in a band called Lips. This inspired Stanley, and he came up with the name KISS.
A logo was drawn up in which the “SS” resembled lightning bolts, and then the name was handwritten over the band’s name at the time — Wicked Lester — on a poster outside of a club.
The stylization of the “SS” resembled the insignia of the Nazi SS, which is illegal to display in Germany. So, the logo was eventually modified to look like a “ZZ” on band merchandise sold in Germany.
This point carries special significance because band leader Gene Simmons’ mother is a Holocaust survivor.
In the 1960s, he changed his name yet again. This time he chose Gene Simmons to honor rockabilly performer Jumpin’ Gene Simmons. Jumpin’ Gene was born in Mississippi and at one point performed as an opening act for Elvis Presley.
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Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales) July 23, 2009 SIR – We at the Meningitis Trust are urging everybody not to mistake the signs and symptoms of meningitis with those of swine flu.
While they can both start out with common flu-like symptoms, differentiating them can be potentially life-saving as meningitis can strike in minutes and kill within hours.
Recognising the symptoms of meningitis can be difficult as many of its symptoms are similar to swine flu. The rash that is commonly associated with meningitis doesn’t appear in all cases, so it is vital that people are aware of the other symptoms.
Rapid deterioration will take hold if left untreated – symptoms can appear together and some may not appear at all. They include fever (possibly with cold hands and feet), headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, drowsiness, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and confusion. In babies, an unusual cry, dislike of being handled and refusing feeds are also signs that can point to meningitis. If in doubt, always seek urgent medical advice.
We produce and distribute free credit card-sized symptoms cards for people to keep in their wallets and purses. To request one, call our freephone 24-hour nurse-led helpline on 0800 028 18 28 or visit our website at www.meningitis-trust.org We are urging everyone to trust their instincts – if people are concerned about their own, or someone else’s health, they must seek medical attention immediately. go to site symptoms of meningitis
NHS Direct has an online symptoms checker to help differentiate meningitis and swine flu. It is to be found at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk BRIDIE TAYLOR Services and Education Director, Meningitis Trust
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