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9a ET Friday, November 26, 2004

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

The novelist Arthur Hailey, a great and long-time
supporter of GATA and gold, died Wednesday. His
obituary from today's edition of The New York Times
is appended. We will convey our condolences and
gratitude to his family.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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Novelist Arthur Hailey of 'Airport' Dies at 84

By Michelle O'Donnell
The New York Times
Friday, November 26, 2004

Arthur Hailey, the best-selling author whose exhaustively
researched suspense novels like "Airport" and "Hotel"
also became screen hits, died in his sleep on
Wednesday at his home in the Bahamas, his agent,
Nancy Stauffer, said yesterday. He was 84.

His wife, Sheila, told The Associated Press that doctors
believed that he had suffered a stroke.

Mr. Hailey produced a string of best-sellers, achieving
international fame in 1968 with his novel "Airport"
(Doubleday), a page-turner about an airport manager's
ordeal after a bomber boards a plane flown by the
manager's womanizing brother-in-law. It inspired a 1970
movie starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin.

Other novels by Mr. Hailey include "Hotel" (Doubleday,
1965), "The Moneychangers" (Doubleday, 1975), and
"Overload" (Doubleday, 1979). There are 170 million
copies of his books in print, The Associated Press reported.

Critics often dismissed Mr. Hailey's success as the result
of a formulaic style in which he centered a crisis on an
ordinary character, then inflated the suspense by hopping
among multiple related plotlines. But he was so popular
with readers that his books were guaranteed to become

If there was a formula to Mr. Hailey's work, it was certainly
in his approach to each book. Mr. Hailey, who dropped out
of school at 14, would spend about a year researching a
subject, followed by six months reviewing his notes, and,
finally, about 18 months writing the book, according to the
Dictionary of Literary Biography.

That aggressive research -- tracking rebel guerrillas in the
Peruvian jungle at age 67 for "The Evening News" (1990),
or reading 27 books on the hotel industry for "Hotel" -- gave
his novels a realism that appealed to readers, even as some
contemporary critics complained that he used it to mask a
lack of literary talent. Such criticism seemed to hardly thwart
the prodigious Mr. Hailey, who twice came out of retirement
to produce top sellers.

Arthur Hailey was born to working-class parents on April 5,
1920, in Luton, England. At 14, after he failed to win a
scholarship that his family's poor finances required, he left
school, despite a strong interest in reading and writing.
"The saddest day of my life," he told The Daily Telegraph
of London in 1998.

He overcame his lack of education -- and an inclination to
airsickness -- to become an airman in the Royal Air Force
during World War II.

After the war, disillusioned with what he saw as a socialist
trend in postwar Britain, he moved to Canada, where he
worked first at the Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co., then in

Although he had written on the side, he remained largely
unsatisfied in his work until a psychological profile
suggested that his vast creativity needed another outlet,
according to the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

The turning point came in 1955, when he was aboard a
flight and began daydreaming about what would happen if
all the passengers and crew were incapacitated and if it
were left to him to land the plane.

In a blitz of work over two weekends and five weeknights,
he produced a teleplay that became "Flight Into Danger,"
produced to critical acclaim by the Canadian Broadcasting
Co. and later sold to NBC.

"I was now able to write full time," Mr. Hailey wrote in
Maclean's in 2000. "That was all I ever wanted to do."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hailey is survived by six children:
Roger, John, and Mark, from a marriage that ended in
divorce; and Jane, Steven and Diane, from his second


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