Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Larry Hayes, a former editorial pag editor for the Journal Gazette who now is retired after living "a really very nice life."
"One book I have recently read — re-read actually — is 'Dr. Zhivago,' by (Boris) Pasternak. I really like the story — a great love story — and I loved the movie, too. A fine cast — Omar Sharif, such a strong character, and Julie Christie. And I have re-read 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth,' by (Mohandas K.) Gandhi, who is one of my favorite people. This is a book he wrote. I served on the Peace and Justice Commission for years, and he was an inspiraton.
"I read books, not electronic ebooks — some fiction, some nonfiction. One writer I've enjoyed reading is Garry Wills. I met him when he was in Fort Wayne. He was an excellent writer! I think he won a Pulitzer. My reading depends on the reviews. The books must have great reviews. Why waste your time on mediocrity?
"While we're talking, I'm sitting in my library surrounded by hundreds of books. I re-read these and also use the public library, which is one of the best in the country. It has an extraordinary genealogy department, and I've gone back through several generations. The family is not exceptional, but nice!
"I was the (Journal Gazette's) editorial page editor about 30 years. I think I always wanted to be a columnist, but along the way I've been a minister, a teacher, a professor — a checkered career. And I've written two books: 'Monday I'll Save the World,' which included urging desegregating our schools. The other is 'Mental Illness in Your Town.' And I've written hundreds and hundreds of editorials, and helped get our schools desegregated."