Spartans turn out for Raye of Light book signing
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Spartans turn out for Raye of Light book signing

Thanks to all the Michigan State alums, friends and family of Jimmy Raye and mine who turned out to a successful book signing Sunday at the Barnes and Noble in Cary.

Spartans living everywhere across this great country. There were Michigan State alums representing the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. And at least one who said he was at the 1966 Game of the Century when Michigan State and Notre Dame played to a 10-10 tie. There 80,000 fans at the game, and Jimmy guesses he's met all 80,000 by now.

John and Helen LaVere of Big Rapids also turned out.

Here is one comment from a Michigan State fan who posted a message about the book and the event on's message board:

"Hey, Tom - wanted to thank you. My brother and sister - both in Raleigh - took my dad over for a book-signing yesterday. My dad had a great time. He was at the 1966 ND game, and had season tickets that whole year. " 
His facebook has pictures from yesterday with Jimmy and our family members.

Appreciate the event yesterday, even though I wasn't there. I hope the book is doing great for you - it certainly makes us proud as Spartans."

Also attending was former Michigan State School of Business Dean Richard Lewis, who was hired away from Michigan State by North Carolina State in the 1990s to launch a similar business program.


Tom Shanahan

Michigan State Class of 1978

Twitter: @shanny4055

Signed copies of Raye of Light are available at the MSU Bookstore on campus: 517-355-3450.

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."