This Wednesday January 27 the Indiana State Library presents the life of Hoosier Will Hays Jr., son of the “Czar of Hollywood” and born in Sullivan, Indiana. As one of the most noted Indianapolis people, Will Hays Senior was instrumental in the movie industry during its formation. His son, Will Hays Jr., is a published author, Indiana mayor and celebrated Hoosier. Learn about his life and works in the shadow of his famous father from Indiana Collection Librarian, Janet Meeks, this Wednesday January 27 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Indiana Author’s Room.
Will Hays Sr. made history as the 46th United States Postmaster General and as the first ever president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (later renamed the Motion Picture Association of America). Hays Sr. earned the title of Postmaster General after manging Warren G. Harding’s campaign for President of the United States in 1920. He was appointed to the office, which held for a year before resigning. He immediately secured the job as the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, which he held until 1945. He introduced the “Production Code,” also known as “The Hays Code,” to the industry in 1930. The list of ethics came from a Catholic Priest close to Hays and dictated the moral standards of the movie industry.
Born on December 11, 1915, Will Hays Jr. lived an interesting life in the world his father created. In 1949, he penned the musical You’re My Everything, which starred Dan Dailey and Anne Baxter. In 1950, he was nominated for a WGA Award (Screen) for his work on the musical. Later he moved back to Indiana and was elected Mayor of Crawfordsville (west of Indianapolis downtown). He lived as a larger than life personality in Indiana, becoming an influential Hoosier throughout the state. Learn about Indiana history and this zany Midwestern man at the Indiana State Library this Wednesday afternoon. For additional information about this Indianapolis event, visit the Indiana State Library website.
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Will Hays Jr.
Wednesday, January 27
Noon to 1:00 pm
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue