This story appeared in theDelaware County Daily Times
on June 24, 2014
HAVERTOWN AUTHOR SHANE HAYES
TO PUBLISH TWO BOOKS
By LOIS PUGLIONESI, Times Correspondent
HAVERFORD — After pursuing his dream of becoming a published author for decades, Shane Hayes of Havertown is about to cross the threshold from literary aspirations to print, at age 75.
Hayes’ first work of nonfiction, “The End of Unbelief: A New Approach to the Question of God,” will be published in September.
ACADEMIC RAGS TO RICHES
by Shane Hayes
I had some colorful friends in high school. Zig, as we called him then, came to be known as Dr. Daniel J. Ziegler, Ph. D., Former Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and currently Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Villanova University. No one would have guessed it.
In West Catholic's year book he was the least active guy in the class. No activity of any kind was listed for his four years at West. Not rifle club, not track, not interclass sports, nothing.
OLD FRIENDS, OLD DEBT
My friend Bill Rayner just called. "Why did you send me a check for $180.00?" he asked. I reminded him that in 2004 he wouldn't let me pay my share of rent for a house in Florida, when I broke a leg and couldn't make the trip. He said, facetiously, "Pay me out of your first royalty check."
I was 65 then, unpublished, and he knew there would probably never be a royalty check. Ten years later the impossible happened: I got an advance for my nonfiction book "The End of Unbelief: A New Approach to the Question of God.
Friends for 60 years:
Bob Bayner delights in giving a false account of how we met. On the first day of school junior year in high school, he came up to me before class, pointed to a pile of copybooks on my desk, and said menacingly, "Hey, kid, give me some of those." (He hadn't taken time to buy supplies, so I was ahave, he was ahave not. He believed in the Equal Distribution of Wealth.) Out of the goodness of my heart I gave him three copybooks, which he took to be a sign of weakness.