Arthur Hailey dies at 84

Bob writes "Arthur Hailey best known for "Airport" and other best-sellers has died at his home in the Bahamas. Panned by critics but adored by millions of readers:
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1 360166,00.html"

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Early Hailey Drama

When Hailey started writing for TV in the late 40's, early 50's, he wrote a drama about a man locked into a walk-in safe, with the air running out. Only one man knew the combination and he was not answering the phone. Hailey used the phone number of some friends of his (now friends of mine). TV was live in those days and all night long, my friends got frantic phone calls from concerned viewers who hadn't quite grasped the difference between drama and news!

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