Author of 'Strange Michigan' book shares abundant stories of paranormal
sightings in her Kalamazoo visit
by Simon Thalmann | Kalamazoo Gazette
Monday November 03, 2008, 12:30 PM
Author Linda Godfrey appeared at the Kalamazoo Public Library Sunday to
talk about her latest book "Strange Michigan More Wolverine Madness,"
and to share tales of Michigan legends and paranormal experiences.
KALAMAZOO -- Between the tiny burgs of Paulding and Watersmeet, in the
westernmost part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, lights seem to appear
from nowhere along a quiet, old railroad bed.
Many in the area have said their car engines have turned on or off
during dark nights when the light appeared. Others have said the lights
move erratically and even chase them. Some say the lights are the spirit
of a railroad worker who died along the tracks.
Theories of the paranormal abound.
Accounts of the "Paulding Lights," some plausible and others not, are
among the more interesting stories Lisa Godfrey has reported in her
newest book, "Strange Michigan: More Wolverine Weirdness."
Godfrey has long segments about the lights in the book, which she also
covers in a previous work, "Weird Michigan: Your Travel Guide to
Michigan's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets."
"You just can never cover it all, because people keep coming up with new
stories," she said Sunday in Kalamazoo.
Linda Godfrey hands books back to library patron Michelle Yiu after
autographing them before her talk about Michigan's paranormal events at
the Kalamazoo Public Library.
The best-selling author was presenting a slide show of a few of the
weird locations, people, myths and legends she collected in "Strange
More than 40 people gathered Sunday in the Kalamazoo Public Library's
third-floor Van Deusen Room to hear Godfrey, a resident of southeastern
Wisconsin who is considered an authority on various spooky Midwestern
phenomena. Among them is Michigan's Dog Man, an upright-walking canine
creature reportedly seen stalking the woods of the Great Lakes State and
"I've always heard of the Abominable Snowman, so I thought, oh, my gosh,
we have our own thing right here in Michigan. I'm gonna come to this and
see what this is about," said Marlene Dopheide, of Oshtemo Township.
She said curiosity attracted her to Sunday's slide show after reading
Godfrey's take on the Dog Man in Thursday's Kalamazoo Gazette.
Recent Western Michigan University graduate Courtney Gause said she also
wanted to hear what Godfrey had to say.
The 23-year-old, who works at the Kalamazoo Animal Hospital as a
veterinary assistant, said she and a friend who accompanied her have
been fascinated with cryptozoology (the study of animals whose existence
is disputed, such as the Loch Ness monster) since they were children.
The presentation highlighted oddities from around the state, from the
Dinosaur Gardens, of Ossineke -- where a sculptor has dotted 40 acres of
land with life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, cavemen and cavewomen -- to
unmarked gravestones that vibrate when people lie across them. Sightings
of the infamous Dog Man from various Michigan locales were also offered,
including accounts from Hickory Corners and Battle Creek.
Dopheide, who said she had hoped Godfrey would bring pictures of some of
the strangeness she's documented, said she was intrigued by Godfrey's
segment on Michigan's unconventional people.
"I think I've dated some of these guys," she said jokingly.
Godfrey's "Strange Michigan: More Wolverine Weirdness" was released in
October by Trail Books.
• Click here to learn more about the legend of Michigan's Dog Man