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He opened up to Haley, however, speaking freely about his life and his music, and the editors at Playboy were delighted by what they read. So was the public. Throughout his career, Haley would develop a reputation for being notoriously late on deadlines, a practice that would often strain the goodwill of his editors. With the Miles Davis interview, however, Haley’s undisciplined work habits would inadvertently result in what would turn out to be one of his most significant contributions to contemporary journalism.
More than anything else, he wanted to be a writer, and that is exactly what he determined to be as soon as he completed the additional 10 years necessary for early retirement from the Coast Guard. In the meantime, he was in New York City, and he planned to spend every spare moment writing, making contacts, and peddling his work. EXPERIENCING PREJUDICE Haley’s literary ambitions were temporarily put on hold when he was transferred from New York to San Francisco in 1954. The move to the West Coast was also significant for giving Haley, who had been so insulated as the precocious child of a black college dean, his first real face-to-face encounter with the deep racial prejudice that would preoccupy much of his later work.
Certainly, he conceded, the tales that his grandmother and her sisters told were based on people who really lived and things that really happened, but the names, the words, and the details had, he believed with equal certainty, been far too distorted by time and the imperfections of memory for anyone ever to match them with the records of the family’s remote African past—if such records existed at all. During Haley’s early years working as a writer in New York City, his idea for developing the story of his own family kept getting pushed aside by other, less ambitious projects.
Alex Haley: Author (Black Americans of Achievement) by David Shirley Pmp Pmp