Over the years, a journalist has the opportunity to interview people outside the norm – politicians, ball players, men who wear tin foil hats.
While working for The Register in Orange County years ago, a good friend and fellow writer George Cunningham was assigned to interview Larry Ball.
The tabloid publication, The Star, had named Ball one of the Top 100 psychics in America. And he was local.
George asked me to accompany him as a photographer. We met Mr. Ball, and George asked how his visions came to him.
“I stare at a dot on the wall,” Ball said. “And I either see something or get a headache.”
What were his greatest hits, the ones that attracted the attention of The Star? He had foreseen drought in Africa, trouble for the Kennedy family, an earthquake in northern California.
We were not all that impressed until, as we were leaving, Ball stared at George a moment and said ‘I see you in a cast. Maybe your right leg.’
George said ‘heh heh heh.’
A few days later, I broke my right ankle. George thought that was hilarious.