New book explores historic Michigan luminaries

Sep 4, 2014


If you were asked to name someone from Michigan who’s “made a difference,” who would you name? Novelist Elmore Leonard perhaps? Businessman Mike Ilitch? How about Dr. Jack Kevorkian? Bill Haney focuses on Michigan “difference makers” in his latest book.

Haney has enjoyed careers in the aerospace industry, academia, public relations and publishing. He’s also written several dozen books, fiction and non-fiction. His latest is called “What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers.”

It’s a memoir that revisits the most memorable episodes in the lives of 16 of  our state’s best known figures: Jennifer Granholm, Charlie Gehringer, Jack Kevorkian, J.P. McCarthy and a dozen others.

Current State speaks with Bill Haney about "What They Were Thinking."