Recognize the guy on the left?

Curious about Cat Stevens — the classic ’70s singer/songwriter who converted to Islam and disappeared for decades from public view?

He’s back with a new album and seems to be interested in regaining some sort of a public profile.

He was on Tavis Smiley’s show on public TV a few months ago, and I just noticed that you can watch the whole thing on Tavis’ website HERE.

He now goes by Yusuf, by the way (Stevens, not Smiley).

Yusuf just performed at Island Records’ 50th anniversary show in London — and was introduced by a well-known Christian, U2’s Bono.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.