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ANECDOTE ABOUT A LINCOLN COLLEGE TEACHER

WHEN MR.AIRTH TAUGHT THE RESEARCH PAPER SECTION OF ENGLISH
COMP0SITION, HE SPENT TWO HOURS EVERY NIGHT IN THE LIBRARY
TRYING TO FIND OUT IF AND WHEN HIS STUDENTS PLAGURIZED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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LINCOLN COLLEGE ANECDOTE

THE DEAN OF STUDENTS WENT THRU THE DORM ONE NIGHT AND FOUND A
DRAMA TEACHER IN BED WITH ONE OF THE GIRLS. HE WAS STANDING IN
THE DOOR AND SAID, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" AND THE DRAMA TEACHER
SAID, AN EXPERIMENT IN PHYSICS."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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LINCOLN COLLEGE ANECDOTE

AFTER MRS.MOLEN REPORTED MR. NEWTON FOR NOT MEETING HIS CLASS
ONE TUESDAY, NEWTON STARTED DOING THIS EVERY DAY - HE'D START THE
CLASS AND TEACH FOR ABOUT TEN MINUTES AND THEN OPEN THE DOOR AND
YELL INTO THE HALL, "MRS.MOLEN, I'M ON THE JOB."
HE DID IT EVERYDAY THAT SEMESTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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ANECDOTE ABOUT LINCOLN COLLEGE TEACHERS

AFTER THE OLD MAIN BUILDING BURNED - THE BASEMENT HAD BEEN THE
FACULTY OFFICES - THERE WERE A HALF A DOZEN TEACHERS WHO SAID THEY
MANUSCRIPTS OF BOOKS OR ARTICLES THEY WERE WORKING ON. MOST OF
THEM COULDN'T READ LET ALONE WRITE JOURNAL ARTICLES BEFORE OR
AFTER THE FIRE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, IN A
SMALL VILLAGE CALLED SHIELDS, THERE IS A LEGEND OF THE
DISAPPEARING LIGHT. THE STORY GOES THAT OUTSIDE OF
SHIELDS CITY LIMITS, IN THE FORESTS THERE IS A LIGHT
WHICH APPEARS FROM A SMALL HILL IRREGULARLY. NO ONE TO
THIS DAY HAS BEEN ABLE TO ISOLATE WHERE THE LIGHT IS
COMING FROM OR WHO CAUSES IT. PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY HIGH
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, HAVE TRIED TO FIND THE SOURCE, AND
COME SO FAR AS TO CAPTURE IT BETWEEN TWO CARS. WHEN
THE CARS CREPT TOGETHER, HOWEVER, THE LIGHT DISAPPEARED
AND BOTH CARS HAD ELECTRICAL SHORTAGES. EVEN PROFESSIONAL
ELECTRICIANS HAVE COMBED THE COUNTRYSIDE BUT TO NO GOOD
SO FAR. PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF SAGINAW STILL
TRAVEL OUT ON THE HOPE OF SEEING THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO ME AT ST. STEPHEN HIGH SCHOOL,
SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT INFORMANTS
IN 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW ; SAINT STEPHEN HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PHANTOM LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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BACK TO THE HOUSE THAT HE AND HIS WIFE LIVED IN
AND EVER SINCE HE HAS NEVER TURNED ON ANY LIGHTS AND HE
LIVES THERE. THERE IS ELECTRICAL WIRES HOOKED UP TO
THE HOUSE AND EVERYTHING.

Data entry tech comment: SOMETHING MISSING HERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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THE STORY GOES THAT VIETNAM IS SO TERRIBLE THAT SOLDIERS
SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE LEG SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO
GO INTO BATTLE. THIS IS BELIEVED BY MOST PEOPLE WHO
HEAR IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GHOSTLY LIGHT

IN BOSTON, IT IS SAID THAT THERE ARE NIGHTS WHEN THE LIGHT CAN BE
SEEN FROM THE NORTH CHURCH--THE CHURCH FROM WHICH CAME THE SIGNAL
BY LIGHT THAT THE BRITISH WERE COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PAUL REVERE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 01-23-1968

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MYSTERIOUS LIGHT

JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, IN A
SMALL VILLAGE CALLED SHIELDS, THERE IS A LEGEND OF THE
DISAPPEARING LIGHT. THE STORY GOES THAT OUTSIDE OF
SHIELDS CITY LIMITS, IN THE FORESTS THERE IS A LIGHT
WHICH APPEARS FROM A SMALL HILL IRREGULARLY. NO ONE TO
THIS DAY HAS BEEN ABLE TO ISOLATE WHERE THE LIGHT IS
COMING FROM OR WHO CAUSES IT. PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY HIGH
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, HAVE TRIED TO FIND THE SOURCE, AND
COME SO FAR AS TO CAPTURE IT BETWEEN TWO CARS. WHEN
THE CARS CREPT TOGETHER, HOWEVER, THE LIGHT DISAPPEARED
AND BOTH CARS HAD ELECTRICAL SHORTAGES. EVEN PROFESSIONAL
ELECTRICIANS HAVE COMBED THE COUNTRYSIDE BUT TO NO GOOD
SO FAR. PEOPLE IN AND AROUND THE CITY OF SAGINAW STILL
TRAVEL OUT ON THE HOPE OF SEEING THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO ME AT ST. STEPHEN HIGH SCHOOL,
SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT INFORMANTS
IN 1969.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW ; SAINT STEPHEN HIGH SCHOOL

Keyword(s): PHANTOM LIGHT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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BACK TO THE HOUSE THAT HE AND HIS WIFE LIVED IN
AND EVER SINCE HE HAS NEVER TURNED ON ANY LIGHTS AND HE
LIVES THERE. THERE IS ELECTRICAL WIRES HOOKED UP TO
THE HOUSE AND EVERYTHING.

Data entry tech comment: SOMETHING MISSING HERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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THE STORY GOES THAT VIETNAM IS SO TERRIBLE THAT SOLDIERS
SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE LEG SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO
GO INTO BATTLE. THIS IS BELIEVED BY MOST PEOPLE WHO
HEAR IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
BELIEF -- P535

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GHOSTLY LIGHT

IN BOSTON, IT IS SAID THAT THERE ARE NIGHTS WHEN THE LIGHT CAN BE
SEEN FROM THE NORTH CHURCH--THE CHURCH FROM WHICH CAME THE SIGNAL
BY LIGHT THAT THE BRITISH WERE COMING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): PAUL REVERE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 01-23-1968

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Urban Legend

Hookman of Percy Warner Park:

I can't recall when I first heard this tale, but it seems to have been with me as long as I remember. There is supposedly a large rock located somewhere in Percy Warner Park, Nashville, where many people have reported seeing a hookman. The hookman only appears after dark and people whop have parked near this rock have heard the scraping of metal against their car.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): HOOK ; PARKING ; Sexuality ; SUPERNATURAL ; SUPERSTITION ; TABU ; Urban Legend

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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Poem

Feeling that the Indians had been seriously mistreated Longfellow wrote in 1854, that he had found a plan for a poem on the American Indians that was fitting to their beautiful traditions. The poem did not totally portray the indians totally accurately.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added By TRD

Where learned: New York Folklore Quarterly ; The Making of Hiawatha

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; INDIAN ; Language ; LONGFELLOW ; poem ; Traditions

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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Legend

Legend of Davey Crockett:

The West was a rich source of tall tales of a man such as Davey Crockett, the country boy/indian fighter elected to Congress. In washington, he told tall tales about his Western days"...killed himself a bear when he was only three."

Tales such as these have become legends.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bear ; Congress ; Davey Crockett ; INDIAN ; Legend ; TALL TALE ; Wild West

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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In front of Baker Hall (a boy's dorm) at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, there is a marker with the name John Walker Vinson engraved upon it. Legend has it that Vinson was a member of a national fraternity at Austin College in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, he was shot and killed during a brawl with another national fraternity. For that reason, there are no national fraternities (with the exception of Alpha Phi Omega--a service fraternity) on that campus.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant probably first learned this in Houston, Texas.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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