July 1975

After completing a degree in history at the Polytechnic of North London, Neil takes a job at Marvel Comics, anglicizing spellings and indicating where over-risque woman needed to be redrawn decently. While there he interviews comic fan Marc Bolan, who politely points out that his tape recorder wasn't working. In 1977 he works at Macdonald Educational Publishing, later moving to ITV Books. In June 1982, he joins Smash Hits.

On This Day

1981

Chris and Neil meet by chance in a King's Road electronics shop in London.

1983

While on assignment in New York City for Smash Hits, Neil has lunch with Bobby O (Orlando)—an event that gets the Boys' career going.

2013

The Boys enjoy a 'day off' in Shanghai on the eve of their first-ever public concert in China (outside of Hong Kong).

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