Michael Rosenbloom was born on June 19, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. Two days later, visitors coming to the hospital to see the new-born baby witnessed the funeral procession of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg making their way to the cemetery on the streets below.
Michael was raised in Brooklyn and spent his childhood and adolescence there, playing an inordinate amount of ballgames, primarily stickball. At the age of fourteen, Michael began to avail himself of the exploding rock music scene in the New York City area. As the 1960s were literally coming to a close on December 31, 1969, Mike was in the mezzanine of The Fillmore East watching Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, thus closing out a decade in which he saw in concert such acts as The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Doors, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkle, The Band, Jefferson Airplane and scores of other bands.
Mike graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1970 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Linguistics from Stony Brook University in 1974. His junior year was spent at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, studying primarily Hebrew language. During his year in Jerusalem, he also developed a deep love for the ancient land of his forefathers, including its most recent manifestation – the modern State of Israel. He received a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in Hebrew Literature in 1976.
In 1978, Michael immigrated to Israel. There he immersed himself in Israeli society and culture. In Israel, he married and started a family. He worked for a year as a teacher of English as a second language, and then for nine years at one of Israel’s major banks. Two highlights of his stay in Israel were serving in the Israel Defense Forces and representing the State of Israel as starting first baseman in the 1985 Macabbiah Games’ (the so called Jewish Olympics) men’s softball competition. Mike also played first base on national sports powerhouse – Maccabi Tel Aviv – playing a prominent role in the team’s winning three consecutive championships in the fledgling Israel Softball League in the mid-1980s. In 1987, he received a Master of Science in Management degree through a joint program with Boston University and Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba.
After reaching a crossroads professionally, Mike and family returned to the U.S. in 1988 where he has lived ever since. Mike has made his living for the past twenty-four years as a pension consultant, designing pension plans for small businesses.
Mike’s writing skills were honed during the years he spent outside the United States. Wanting to communicate stories about his new experiences in an area of the world far from the family and friends he left behind, Mike would weave his stories in letters on the confined, four-folded page of an aerogram.
In February 2013, he published his first book: “When Stars Were in Reach – The Who at Union Catholic High School, November 29, 1967.”