A packed room of close to 40 Who fans and curious baby boomers crowded the Fanwood Memorial Library to see Michael Rosenbloom’s Power Point presentation of “When Stars Were in Reach,” the book that documents how Union Catholic High School entered the rock concert business in November of 1967 by booking an on-the-rise British rock band – The Who.Michael explained the motivation for the school’s foray into the rock concert endeavor and took the audience step-by-step through the machinations that ultimately led to a historic concert being given by a band that would soon reach legendary status in the U.S.A lively Q&A followed the presentation as Michael was peppered with questions mostly about The Who but also about Union Catholic High School and himself.
As predicted, individuals of stature were in the audience. Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens was there, and asked some very good questions after the presentation. Also present was Susan Dyckman, Director of Development of Union Catholic High School. Author Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, who wrote her own book about rock music – “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist,” was in attendance as well with her husband.
Judging by the facial expressions of the audience, the Facebook comments afterwards and by the applause at the end of the presentation, the audience left satisfied. And why not? The mystery of why a Catholic High School in New Jersey decided to enter the rock music business in the height of Rock’s golden era was at last solved.