As a writer Shepard is not nearly in the land of the has-been.
As for the event itself, well, the has-been is Sarah Palin, and the obnoxious man is Donald Trump.
I'm fully aware, now that the war is ended, that as a has-been General who rose from the ranks, I have no marketable value.
"We haven't a has-been in the bunch," asserted Silence quietly.
Not when he is forty years old and knows that already he is a 'has-been.'
"Be careful, and don't make me a has-been," David cautioned.
Returned home, and friendly received in his high rank of a “has-been” and “recovered” prodigal?
The Will-be and the has-been touch us more nearly than the Is.
The other player—the has-been—looked at Joes extended hand a moment as if in doubt.
If you don't, I can tell you that it's a fact; not a 'has-been', but an 'is'!