Apparently I had a revelation in my sleep last night


I found this sitting on the table beside my bed this morning. As it’s in my handwriting, I imagine that I must have written it at some point during the night.

While I doubt that beloved local historian James Mann is, in fact, a ghost, I do like the idea that he could be.

If you have ever touched James Mann, and can state for certain that he is, in fact, a real, flesh-and-blood human being of our century, and not a ghostly apparition from Ypsilanti’s past, please let me know. Until then, however, I plan to proceed as though he is a ghost… as, if nothing else, it will make his torch-lit cemetery tours all the more thrilling.

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  1. Dan Blakeney
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    He is rather fluid in his movements…

  2. Jules
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    If he is a ghost, he is a very nice ghost.

  3. anonymous
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    If a tortured soul from the past were trapped here wouldn’t “local historian” be the perfect cover?

  4. anonymous
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    You’d have to keep moving every few decades though or run the risk of someone noticing that weren’t aging.

  5. Gary Clark
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    With his permission, a short story should be written on this theme.
    Frustrated by his true knowledge of the past, his knowledge of his own true nature, ever avoiding personal contact…..

  6. Posted March 1, 2015 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I shook his hand when I met him. He’s real.
    I am a ghost, too?

  7. Posted March 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve shaken your hand too, Mark, so then you are a ghost.

    This reminds me of the time that I almost died and thought I was really was dead for a bit, and told my EMT driver that I was dead. He said that wasn’t possible because he was alive and he was talking to me. I leaned in and whispered, “You just don’t know you’re dead yet.” It was quite the night.

  8. Posted March 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Maybe you should call and see if he’s okay.

  9. Maria Huffman
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Bad beer.

  10. james Mann
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    As far as I know, and I have not yet had the nerve to check, I am alive, I think.

  11. anonymous
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    That’s exactly what I’d expect you to say, Mr. Mann.

  12. K2
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    He does know about every weird and creepy death to take place in town since its founding.

  13. Posted March 1, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I just had a great idea for a prank… which is to go into the Ypsi Historical Society archives and doctor a photo from the 1840s so that James can be seen in the background.

  14. Posted March 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    And, James, we need to have you on the radio program sometime to tell local ghost stories. (And we can clear this question up about your being a spirit at the same time.)

  15. Josh
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    At this point it’s all spookulation.

  16. idea man
    Posted March 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I was raised to believe that James Mann was Keyser Söze.

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