Vinny fumbled his way toward adulthood, with more trials and tribulations both at the hands of his abusive father and from relative strangers. Eventually, Vinny's thirst to prove his manhood led to him enlisting in the army just ahead of the draft. After a successful stint in the military, Vinny returned to the United States with a Thai wife and a beautiful family. Vinny threw himself into the world of business with varying success, but he was haunted by memories of a close friend from his army days -- Bobby Sox. Eventually, Vinny faces the truth, coming out to himself and his wife. In the ensuing years, his newfound sexual freedom leads him down paths that might have been better unexplored, eventually resulting in a diagnosis of AIDS. Will Vinny let his sickness oppress his spirit, or will he rise above this as he rose above every other hurdle life put in his way?
An Impossible Dream Story is a fascinating story of a man struggling with his identity as he weaves his way through the latter half of the 20th century. With lifelike, three-dimensional characters and a fun and funny style, author J.V. Petretta brings Vinny and his friends and family to life. Petretta, a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European division, spent 10 years in the Army, with three tours overseas. After an honorable discharge, Petretta spent years in the workforce, collecting accolades along the way. Petretta organized and conducted a 5,000-mile bicycle tour to raise funds and awareness for AIDS.
Creative Director & Founder, therepubliq.com
Director, Marketing/Promotions & Co-Founder, The OUTlander Project
Producer, OutCast Austin
Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com and co-founder and Director, Marketing & Promotions of The OUTlander Project. He is also a producer and engineer for OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin.
Additionally, Chase runs PlanetChase, LLC, a consulting firm providing a variety of business development services including web development, marketing, branding, technology to small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs; as well as meeting planning services for the financial services industry.
On his spare time, Chase has volunteered with local organizations including AIDS Services of Austin, the Octopus Club, the Austin Gay Basketball League and Volleyball Austin. In 2007, he was appointed by then-Austin Mayor Will Wynn to serve on the Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council where he served as the chairperson of the Community Access & Nominations committee.