In my recent book, BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS, I write about various unexplainable phenomena while connecting the dots between the rising obsession with the paranormal within pop culture, television, and movies. I also share a number of stories from my childhood and adult life that are related. One personal story I didn’t share was how when I was young (6-9 yrs.) my parents would take me to visit my grandfather’s cousin Margaret May. She lived with her aging sister in a large stately house known as the “Emrich house” located in the center of our small midwestern town (Casey, IL).
Margaret May was a lovely lady, known for being gracious, kind, and genuinely interested in others. As a young kid, I was drawn to her gentle disposition, yet scared of her at the same time. With each visit, she would greet us, and insist that we sit down in the great room while she prepared to serve us tea. From my chair, I would watch her walk to the kitchen, open the cupboards, heat the water on the stove, place the china on a silver serving tray, and then walk out to wait on each one of us in our seats.
What’s so scary about that? One thing I neglected to tell you is that she was blind. It wasn’t her blindness that frightened me. I was mesmerized by her ability to navigate and serve each one of us in our chairs. For an elementary age child, this was completely unexplainable! What scared me was the hot kettle of water she was pouring from! I had been burned badly by boiling, hot water once while I was in the hospital undergoing surgery to regain my hearing. But… she never spilled… ever! Margaret May was brilliant, inside and out.
Recently, I talked with movie director Clint Ross concerning his new project, BLIND COURAGE. This film features the true story of Bill Irwin, the first blind man to hike the Appalachian Trail (2,168 miles). Listen as I (L.A. Emrich) talk with director Clint Ross about choosing Actor Bill Oberst Jr. to play the part of Bill Irwin in the concept trailer:
Please visit the website BlindCourageTheMovie to see the concept trailer and learn how you can help get this movie completed. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Together, we can get this story told like never before. I’m doing this for my grandfather’s cousin Margaret May. If she were alive, I’d tell her how she inspired me to trust and believe anything is possible…
Download a FREE SAMPLE of BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS to learn more about my life and the many unexplainable things capturing the attention of our generation!
Listen to the previous conversation between author L.A. Emrich & director Clint Ross: IT’S LIGHTS OUT!
Be watching for more audio coming soon!
Curious to see raw footage of Bill Irwin hiking the Appalachian Trail with his seeing eye dog Orient?