Meet & Greet with Chris Garcia at Flames Coffee Shop in San Jose

Please join BAGH when we welcome Chris Garcia, Hugo Award winning editor of The Drink Tank, at the haunted Flames Coffee Shop in San Jose.

For those who aren't aware, this particular location of Flames originally opened as a Bob's Big Boy. It is located in front of the Century 22 movie theaters and there have been rumors of ghosts there for years. One of BAGH's organizers, Deb Wible, was taken back one evening while having dinner with her husband, Les. Les was the first to notice that the shade of a window by a table were gradually lowering without anyone pulling it down as a couple of cops ate their dinner. When the Wibles asked if the cops saw what was happening, they said, "Yes, but if it opens up again, we're leaving."

However, there are more ghosts in the vicinity than what there is at Flames. A few years ago, BAGH investigated one of the homes in the manufactured home park that wraps around the Winchester House. The family that lived there was seeing lights turn on their bedroom without anyone flipping a switch, the apparition of a man dressed in vintage clothes for a night on the town walked through their hallway, and a shadow person would watch them as they drove out of their driveway. After our investigation, Anthony and Lydia acquired some clear EVPs from this home.

Chris had one story that occurred in the parking lot at the Century 23 theater, which is behind the Winchester House. Late one night during the 80s, when a couple of the staff there were cleaning up for the day for closing, they took some bags of garbage out to the bin. While out there, the guys saw a woman walk out from behind the bushes. They thought little of the oddness of her behavior, because at that time there was a significant underground drug culture in the vicinity. What scared them into running back inside was watching the woman walk through the car in front of her.

My schedule is still busy, but after Chris told some friends and I a few things about this little patch of San Jose, I thought he'd be an excellent guest at a BAGH meetup. He has spent a great deal of time around the Winchester House and its surrounding area during his youth and has collected a great deal of stories to tell about ghosts and its other activities. Chris has been writing for and editing fanzines for the science fiction community for years and has been nominated for several Hugos, finally winning one in 2011. For those interested in reading his fanzines, go to

http://efanzines.com/DrinkTank/index.htm

I hope everyone will be able to join us for an early dinner and Chris's stories and possibly share some of your own. Dinner will be Dutch treat. There's plenty of parking around the restaurant, but how much of it will be available depends on how busy the theaters and Santana Row are.

Look forward to seeing everyone. It's been a long time since I coordinated a meetup.


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  • John

    I found the stories Chris Garcia very fascinating to say the least and to see and meet old and new friends very fun .I loved hearing all the stories and experiences of previous investigations and stories in particular relating to the paranormal. Laura Great Job

    2 · March 22

    • Laura J

      Thanks John. Adrienne planned this one...I just helped checking people in and doing my little upcoming investigation speech...:-)

      1 · March 24

  • Jenny B.

    My husband I enjoyed ourselves and loved hearing all of Chris' stories. Thank you Chris for joining us! :) Hope to see you all again in another meetup!

    3 · March 23

  • Alyne

    This was my first ever meetup, very friendly and fun for me and my +1 twin. Chris was a wonderful story teller, and great to hear from our table mates about paranormal experiences close to home, Talking with my sister's housemate last night we learned about his friend's experience as a Winchester tour guide some time ago: guides cannot eat food in the house, but this guide's tour was running late and his next group was close at hand and no time to go out for food. He had a Payday candy bar in his back pocket. He slipped into a quiet area and closed the door, took 2 bites and stuck the rest back into his back pocket. As he moved back to the start point a woman's voice in front of him said clearly "You can't eat in my house. And that's not a meal." He was rattled and could hardly manage to keep his patter going, and hard to think hard to answer visitor questions. He quit after that last tour.

    3 · March 23

  • Janice

    It was great to see everybody. Enjoyed the ghost stories too!

    2 · March 23

  • Jason G

    It was nice meeting you all. Look forward to more meetups and investigations

    2 · March 23

  • Adrienne

    It was a great turnout and so kewl to see people again. Chris was a great storyteller.

    2 · March 22

  • Adrienne

    There will be another big group in there just before us. For those arriving super early, we may not be able to get into the back room right away.

    March 22

  • Adrienne

    FYI, Monique got a last-minute gig and will not be able to attend after all.

    March 21

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