About 60 people packed the Cranford Community Center (CCC) on Monday evening July 14th, braving story weather in the process, to take part in an interactive Power Point presentation by Michael Rosenbloom about the early history of The Who, Union Catholic High School and the writing of When Stars Were in Reach (WSWIR).
In the audience were two members of The Decoys (Jim McClurken and Mike Testa) and Mike Connell, one of the then 15-year-old kids who helped The Who’s roadies load their equipment after the Union Catholic Who concert. Also present were two former Union Catholic faculty members who were on the U.C. staff at the time of The Who concert in 1967. Because of the CCC’s close proximity to Union Catholic High School and because of the above individuals in the audience, there was a lively give and take between the audience and Michael Rosenbloom, as many audience members provided their own unique perspective of the historic events that transpired on November 29, 1967 when The Who played at UCHS.
Included in the Power Point presentation were video and audio clips of The Who. After the presentation there was a spirited Q&A with Michael. Finally copies of WSWIR were sold with Michael signing them upon request. The presentation was filmed by Bill McMeekan, a local Scotch Plains television producer who intends to air it locally on Scotch Plains TV.
The “reviews” the morning after were all glowing. Paul Reitz wrote on WSWIR’s Facebook page: “I really enjoyed your presentation last night at the CCC. It shed a clear light on a subject that, for some of us, were mere second and third-hand stories.”
Gary Gurman wrote: “As a fan of The Who for many years, it was a great experience to hear about our area’s historical connection to the band. Your careful research and knowledge made for a very entertaining and pleasant evening.”
Much thanks goes to John Malar the Director of the Cranford Public Library who stumbled on WSWR on the internet when searching for interesting activities to schedule.
This was an evening that will not be soon forgotten.