Author Philip Roy Blast to Visit HHS Media Center


Philip Roy Blast

Rufus T. Firefly, Staff Writer

Author Philip Roy Blast, an alumni of Hawthorne High School and longtime resident of the borough, will be holding a meet and greet, complete with readings from his latest book, “The History of Granny’s Chicken.”

The book, which took 20 years to research and write, is about the late-great famous eatery from Hawthorne, located at one time on Goffle Brook Road.

“The book covers the founding of the business,” states Blast, “…basically it was two people who had a little money, a dream, and a coop filled with chickens. The rest is history.”

The book covers, as stated above, the origins of Granny’s Chicken, to the infamous “chicken wars” of the 1970s.

“Granny’s Chicken had the “it” factor,” says Blast, “…and then you had the rise of Chicken and Rib Crib…and things got ugly real fast.”

Blast will be in the Hawthorne High School media center on Wednesday, April 3. Signed copies of his book will be available.