Rev. Frederick Ward Kates, rector of Old St. Paul's Church in the late '50s, one said in a 1977 interview that he probably "found" Desiderata in a magazine at the barbershop.
often mimeographed inspirational verse in booklet form and placed the booklets in pews around the church.
decided to use Desiderata
on the front page of one of these booklets and, as was his
custom, printed it on church letterhead that included the year of the church's founding, A.D. 1692!