First Place: Karin O'Leary
I GIVE THANKS TO OUR AERO BOYS
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 12
When I heard their music for the first time, and thinking they were the greatest band I'd ever heard
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 14
When I saw them live on stage for the first time
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 18
For setting an example to me when I was headed down the road of self destruction
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 21
For having Aerosmith's music to play for the first time to my new baby girl
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 25
When one of the only familiar English voice's I heard in rural Russia was Aerosmith
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 26
When Steven grabbed my hand and smiled at me
I gave thanks to our Aero boys again at 27
When I saw Aerosmith live with my childhood best friend, Denise
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 28
When I told our boys my Aero story, Steven said "Karin...It's people like you that keep us at the top of sweet Jesus' golden posts"
I gave thanks to our Aero boys at 29
For having "Dream On" to sing as loud as I could before the anesthesia kicked in, because I was so very scared of the surgery which would save my left kidney.
I gave thanks to our Aero boys today
For having them in my life helping to provide so many memories.
And I give thanks to our Aero boys tomorrow
For all the memories which are still yet to come
Second Place: Besart Stavileci
As an Aerosmith fan…
As I removed the earplugs after listening to Full Circle for the first time, I thanked my friend for sharing the song with me.
As I grew older, I kept thanking my parents for not only funding my entire Aerosmith collection, but encouraging me to share it with my friends so they'd learn about a great band.
Today, as a fan who knows every aero song out there, I am more than thankful to the five guys we love, for making it all happen.
As an average human being, I am thankful to Aerosmith for giving love a whole new meaning, and singing me to sleep every night with the amazing Angel, Crazy and Lay It Down.
As a responsible human being, I am thankful to them for reminding us when the world was going insane, but also urging us to celebrate life when boredom prevailed.
As a cynic, I am thankful to them for sticking to their music today, in a marketplace of all sorts of beats, sounds and non-meaningful money-making lyrics.
As a person who is angry for missing the 70s, I am thankful to Aerosmith for taking me back to those vibes through their music.
As a, maybe, too sympathetic, I am thankful to them for their courage to battle life-taking diseases and accidents, and sticking around and still rocking for us.
As a firm believer in friendship, I am thankful to Steven, Joe, Tom, Brad and Joey for putting their differences aside and coming together, as brother and friends, for their and our passion – Aerosmith.
As a skeptic, I am thankful to them for finding the strength and determination to get clean, after a deep abyss, to come back and never let us down again.
As a college student really far away from home, I am thankful to Aerosmith and their families for sacrificing each other for us, the fans.
As a teenager of the 21st century, terribly missing his best friends, I am thankful to their ballads for letting me cry when I'm hurting, and to their rocking tunes for letting me party when I'm with them.
As a south eastern European, never having seen them live, I am thankful they are going on tour, so I get to see them now, here in the US.
As a scholar, who seeks mind enrichment and knowledge every day, I am thankful to Aerosmith for being an ornament to my life.
Finally, celebrating Thanksgiving for the first time even though I am not American, passionately, and quite simply, I am thankful to Aerosmith for being Aerosmith.
Third Place: Cheryl Braudis
Win yourself a genuine AEROSMITH autographed band Poster and more!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, all of us here at Aero Force One want to Thank ALL of YOU Amazing, Outrageous, and Rockin' Aerosmith Fans and AF1 Members - THE GREATEST FANS IN THE UNIVERSE - for your Incredible support throughout this past year and years past!
So Let's Talk Turkey…before you gobble up your Thanksgiving dinner take a few minutes to let us know why you give Thanks to America's Greatest Rock 'N Roll Band! Take pen to paper or send in photo or video evidence of your reasons why you Love, Appreciate, Respect, Worship, and Give Thanks to AEROSMITH above all other bands and all other real or imagined or visible or invisible things in the Galaxy!
What You Win (Besides Bragging Rights and The Spectacular Feeling of Self-Satisfaction!)
First Place winner will go home with an autographed poster by America’s Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band themselves! Second place winner to
receive a $100.00 gift card to the AF1 Online store while the person taking the third place prize will get themselves a $50.00 gift card to the AF1 Online Store.
How You Enter (The Contest)
Jot Down, Type Up and then send to AF1 by way of email, FAX, snail mail, messenger pigeon, etc. your contest entry. Remember - entries can be in written form (poem, song, speech, story, etc.) or consist of photo or video evidence. Email your contest entry to Contests@Aeroforceone.com with the subject line "Thanksgiving Contest" or send your entry via snail mail to: Contests at Aeroforceone c/o PAID Inc. 4 Brussels St., Worcester, MA 01610. Include your name, age, email address, physical address, and phone numbers where you can best be reached. AF1 will select one winner at random. It’s that simple. One entry per person. Entry's are due by Friday, November 28, 2008 12pm EST. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 1, 2008 by 12pm EST.
Other Stuff (Somewhat Boring Details)
When you send in your entry be sure to include all of your contact info (name, phone number, email address, mailing address) so we can locate you if you win. Did we mention that You Can Win A Prize?! Prizes will be mailed to the winners. And Again Contest Deadline is Friday, November 28, 2008. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 1, 2008 12pm EST.