Back in 2007, I took a ghost tour of Boston with Jim McCabe, an affable guy who agreed to let me record him for a segment for PRX’s Talent Quest. Jim was really sweet, and I tried to strike a balance between showing that side of him while still presenting the skeptical viewpoint on some of his more dubious claims.
Here’s a quick video of a portion of the tour, which I shot on my little point-and-shoot camera while holding a load of audio equipment:
The other day, Jim’s niece contacted me to let me know that he is extremely ill. She found the YouTube video and shared a laugh with him about it. Despite his current state, the way she sees Jim in the video is how she’ll remember him: “healthy and athletic, and one hell of a storyteller/bullshitter!”
Jim was a fantastic and sporting tour guide who really could spin a yarn. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family.
Here’s the final segment I created, with help from Richard Saunders (interviewee) and John Huntington (editor).