Gates Family Ghosts

Gates Family Ghosts

Disney World's Haunted Mansion has 999 happy haunts wandering its halls, making music in the graveyard and terrorizing the groundskeepers (but there's always room for one more, of course). The Haunted Mansion is one of Magic Kingdom's opening-day attractions from October 1, 1971, and it's always been my favorite ride at Walt Disney World. And [...]

My Almost Great-Grandfather

My Almost Great-Grandfather

At the age of 17, my great-grandfather deserted the U.S. Army, packed his belongings into a rucksack and made his way by foot to Lockport, New York. He changed his name to John Gates during a stop in Ohio, married my great-grandmother in Buffalo and raised five children of his own. He didn't tell anyone--not [...]