By Robyn Collins
Fifth grader Michael Fenerty played hookie from school Thursday, but he had a really good excuse reports Philly.com.
Fenerty was attending Bruce Springsteen’s fan meet-and-greet at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia with his dad, Mike, a major fan and memorabilia collector.
Michael recently saw Springsteen live with his father, on September 7th at Citizens Bank Park. “It was the first day of school for the fifth grade at Masterman, and of course Bruce played his longest show,” Mike said. “As a fan I loved it; as a parent I hated it. I wanted to kill him!”
As a former teacher Mike, wanted to follow the rules of his son’s new school, and asked what the procedure was for missing a day. “He said we should get Bruce to write an absence note,” Mike said. So the father and son typed one up.
Meet and greet policy dictated that fans had to give any belongings — bags, memorabilia, and coats—to library workers while meeting with the rock icon. But Michael had the note and a pen in his pocket, and offered it as Springsteen and Mike chatted.
“My son said, ‘Bruce, would you sign my absence note?’ [Springsteen] lit up. He was affectionate toward Michael as soon as he saw him. He said, ‘I have to read it first, that’s how I got in trouble with my first contract,'” Mike said. “He said, ‘I hope you don’t get in trouble.’ My son was very starstruck — it was a very cool experience.”
After the event, the Fenertys headed back to school to give the note to the principal.
“I only gave her a photocopy,” said Fenerty.