Denver, CO (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- Strange But True, America is Book One of a 50-state series showcasing oddball events from our past. In the book, author John Hafnor proves that Americaâs past was often a little scary â¦ and weâre not talking about a fictionalized Halloween here, folks!
Arriving on bookshelves on Halloween, the richly illustrated paperback pulls few punches in redefining much of Americaâs presumptive folklore. Here are a few of the more eerie tales:
1. The âRed Ghostâ is a largely forgotten tale about a wild camel that terrorized Arizona frontiersmen, and carried on its back a headless corpse. 2. Iowa was the scene of a fatal train wreck that could have been much worse but for the heroics of a frail 15-year-old girl. Following her untimely death, some have claimed this heroineâs spirit still roams the railroad right-of-way near Moingona. 3. The Wild Westâs famed âHanging Judgeâ was ironically against the death penalty. 4. Mythology is full of âheadless horsemen,â but Texas boasts a version that comes pretty close to being a âreal headless horsemen,â including sightings by soldiers at Fort Inge near present-day Uvalde. 5. In a Frankenstein-like event, George Washington was one of two presidents killed by his own physicians. Shortly after his death, the eminent Dr. Thornton arrived and proposed a âreanimationâ of Washingtonâs corpse, which had been packed in ice. 6. Mississippiâs Pascagoula River makes a weird singing sound resembling a swarm of bees. Scientists have investigated, but no cause has been proven. Pascagoula Indians said it was the sound of their ancestors who, realizing they couldnât win a battle with the Biloxi tribe, walked into the river singing their death song.
Hafnor is quick to point out that while researching the book, he studiously avoided the paranormal. âI wanted this to be wacky but very real history. Even so, itâs funny how even straight history is often tinged with the eerie and mysterious. A case in point is the story about the 60-story John Hancock Tower in Boston. Itâs haunted by the strangest problem in skyscraper annals: Its huge windows pop out unexpectedly and shatter on the street below. The building was less than a month old when, in 1972, windows began popping out for no apparent reason. To remedy the situation, the buildingâs owners replaced all 10,334 windows with 400-pound sections of half-inch tempered glass. The windows kept popping out. Today the mystery remains unsolved, and windows occasionally still break free. To protect pedestrians, John Hancock Tower employs two full-time guards whose only task is to spot a cracked pane before it tumbles to the sidewalk.â
The publisher of the book, Lone Pine Productions, announced this week that Strange But True, America achieved Award Finalist status in the âU.S. Historyâ category of The National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.
Authorâs biography: John Hafnor launched the âstrange historyâ book phenomenon in 1982 with Black Hills Believables. He has called Colorado home since 1990. He lives in the mountains west of Fort Collins. Hafnor is a graduate of Augustana College. He subsequently studied at Schiller University in Heidelberg, Germany. Hafnor began his career in San Antonio as publicist for a North American Soccer League team. Later, he was director of marketing for the Rapid City (SD) Journal, and then the Stockton (CA) Record. Hafnor spent 12 years as director of sales/marketing for GIS World, GeoEurope and Business Geographics magazines.
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Lone Pine Productions is an independent book published company founded in 1993 with headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado. Lone Pine is the original publisher of books of the "strange historyâ genre, including Strange But True America, Strange But True Colorado, Black Hills Believables, Trekking the Last Badland, and Wahres Aus Dem Wilden Westen. Led by founder John Hafnor, Lone Pine also publishes companion interactive web sites such as [http://www.StrangeTrueUS.com].