In addition to the books he has written or co-authored, Bill Haney has written essays, articles, screenplays and short stories. for many magazines, journals and newspapers, including Memoir Journal. His short story “Super Shank” has been republished many times since its original appearance in GOLF Magazine.
Turning to another genre, Haney wrote and directed two films that now reside in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Legendary baseball announcer Ernie Harwell is captured for all time in The Great Voice of the Grand Old Game. Charlie Gehringer, called the greatest second baseman of all time, has his legacy preserved in A Standing Ovation for Greatness.
Haney has had parallel careers as an author, publisher, and business executive since graduation from the University of Michigan in 1958 which he attended on scholarships, including the Evans Scholars program of the Western Golf Association.
As a book publisher, editor, author or counselor, he has had a hand in more than four hundred books since 1967 when he founded the publishing program at the Institute for Social Research of the University of Michigan. There he also served as managing editor and published in such fields as economics, political behavior, group dynamics, among many others. He then was named associate director and managing editor of the University of Michigan Press where he published across a broader range of interest areas. He founded The New Press where he published general-interest books.
In 1977, he returned to the business sector where he had worked from 1958 to 1966 and was appointed director of communications for the Bendix Corporation.
In 1982, he became senior vice president of the advertising agency D’Arcy MacManus & Masius. He was instrumental in a series of mergers culminating in the creation of The MacManus Group, then the world’s largest private communications organization where he served as executive vice president.
After a brief retirement from the advertising and communications business, in 2000 he was appointed executive vice president of Foote Cone & Belding where he served on the board of directors.
Haney has founded several book-publishing companies, including The New Press, Momentum Books, and MB Books, an operating unit of MB Communications. His award-winning and best-selling books include titles by Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell, the definitive book on Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the issue of assisted suicide, and many ground-breaking books with Michigan or Great Lakes themes, among others. He also serves as a consultant to other publishers and authors.