Halloween is only a day away and we’ve been digging up some haunting information. After all, what fun would October 31st be without a few ghost stories? Especially when they’re right in your own town…
There is a legend here at NMU that our very own Forest Roberts Theatre is… haunted! The story goes that the building had a custodian name Perry, who had been working there for nearly thirty years. Perry was known for his friendly personality and for being a practical joker. He was the go-to man for anything you wanted to know about Northern Michigan University, an old timer who knew it all. However, Perry was also a heavy drinker and had heart problems. One day while Perry was working, he had a heart attack. Perry died in the elevator in the Theatre, only to be found by a student janitor hours later.
Ever since Perry’s death the elevator occasionally acts strangely. For example, when the “up” button is pressed, the elevator goes down, and sometimes it makes mechanical sounds but doesn’t go anywhere at all. Student employees have reported feeling unexplained drafts and the sense of a presence while in the building. Some think Perry never left the Forest Roberts Theatre, but no one will ever know for sure.
If you don’t believe me, then come into the Archives and read about the Haunted Theatre for yourself. You may just be terrified by what you find. Muahahah!
Prepared by Savannah Mallo and Olivia Ernst.