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Dee Snider gets town renamed after him: 'Snidersville', Ohio

08/19/2010 by Corinne Heller

Dee Snider talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com during a July satellite interview to promote his A&E reality show, 'Growing Up Twisted' (Photo credit: OnTheRedCarpet.com) An Ohio town named Cridersville will be renamed "Snidersville" for one day in honor of Dee Snider, singer of 1980s heavy metal group Twisted Sister, after he had requested the change as a joke following a call from a resident on his syndicated radio show.

"I've had many dreams and been lucky enough to have most of them come true, but I would never dare to dream of something like this!" Snider, 55, said in a recent statement, later adding on his website jokingly: "That oughta send property values skyrocketing!"

Some 1,500 people live in Cridersville, located between between Dayton and Toledo. The name change is set to take place on August 21, when Snider will host a motorcycle ride to support the March of Dimes foundation's "Bikers for Babies" initiative. He will ride his motorcycle from Lima, Ohio, to "Snidersville" with other bikers to raise funds to help fight premature birth.

Snider, a New York native whose band is most famous for commercial hits such as "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", is the national spokesperson for March of Dimes Bikers for Babies and has participated in its rides for more than 10 years.

Snider and his wife Suzette, to whom he has been married for about 29 years, have Tthree sons - Jessie, 27,  Shane, 22, and Cody, 20, and a 13-year-old daughter named Cheyenne. Two of their children were born prematurely. The family stars in an A&E reality show called Growing up Twisted.

"My house is insane! I'm the quiet one in my house. Im the voice of reason," Snider told OnTheRedCarpet.com in July, adding that his and his wife's parenting style was "somewhere between the Munsters' and the Huxtables'."

Check out the video interview with Dee Snider, carried out by reporter Chris Balish:

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