11:30-1:00 a.m., Johnny Carson has Eva Gador, David Doyle and Hans Holzer as guests on. Steve Allen was hosting The Tonight Show - 1964 Release of The Ghost Hunter Book
The most enduring railroad legend of this region is that of Joe Baldwin. Supposedly, Joe Baldwin, a conductor, was decapitated in a train wreck. It was said that his body was retrieved but his head was never found. The Maco Lights, a strange electrical phenomenon associated with the stretch of track where Baldwin was supposed to have been killed, was said to be the light from an otherworldly lantern held by the ghost of Baldwin as he searched for his missing head. The tale is very old. For generations, people would go out to the small community of Maco and wait in the dark to see the lights. After the tracks were taken up, the lights were no longer seen.
Hans Holzer, then a best-selling author and “assistant professor in parapsychology at the New York Institute of Technology, “ visited the area in May 1964, at the invitation of the Southeastern North Carolina Beach Association. Mr. Holzer didn’t see the ghost himself, because of the crowds that followed him around. (“Evidently, “ he later wrote, “we were the most exciting thing that had happened to them for some time.”) He did, however, interview dozens of witnesses.
At a lecture in New Hanover High School’s Brogden Hall, he announced that he was convinced the Maco tracks were, indeed, haunted.