October 24, 2020

2002-04-06 – Stevens Point Journal

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5 0-year rock reporter retires at 82

CLEVELAND (AP) — When
Jane Scott began writing about
rock ’n’ roll for The Plain
Dealer, the Beatles were new.

Now. a month before her 83rd
birthday, she’s retiring.

Scott’s last column appears
in Friday’s editions. She
announced her retirement at a
private luncheon for newspa—
per employees on Wednesday.

“All of a sudden it dawned on
me -— what am I trying to
prove?” she said. “I just felt
maybe it’s about time.”

She’s well known in Cleveland
and the rock music world as
just Jane, or sometimes as the
world’s oldest teen-ager.

She was a 1941 graduate of
the University of Michigan,
where she majored in English
and drama.

Her first day at The Plain
Dealer was March 24, 1952,
three days after the world’s
first rock concert — Alan
Freed’s Moondog Corona-tion
Ball at the old Cleveland Arena.
She began as a society writer,
and later wrote columns for
teens and senior citizens.

When the Beatles performed
on Sept. 15, 1964, at Cleve-
land’s Public Hall, Scott was
there as a reporter.

“I never before saw thou-
sands of 14-year-old girls, all
screaming and yelling,” she

said. “I realized this was a
phenomenon. The whole world
changed.”

She became the newspaper‘s
rock writer, scoring an inter-
view with Paul McCartney
when the Beatles returned to
Cleveland for a performance in
Municipal Stadium in 1966.

She wrote about the Rolling
Stones, The Who, Led

AP photo
WRITER JANE SCOTT (right) interviews The Who (from left)
Keith Moon, Pete Townshend. John Entwistle and Roger
Daltry, in the late 19605. Scott, known locally as the “World's
Oldest Teenager," retired after 50 years with The (Cleveland)
Plain Dealer.

Zeppelin. Janis Joplin, Aretha
Franklin. David Bowie and
other future Rock and Roll
Hall of Famers early in their
careers.

“You always felt you were
extremely important when
Jane was talking to you,” said
Michael Stanley, a Cleveland
rock legend with The Michael
Stanley Band.