Halloween seems like an appropriate time for this article. Ted Danson, the former star of the Cheers television show, was once a skeptic. Now Danson says that he is convinced that everyone will someday have a hotline to dead loved ones in his or her lifetime. Danson urges cynics not to be afraid of crossing over.
Danson and his wife, Mary Steenburgen, were amazed when they sat down with best-selling psychic author, James van Praagh, in a bid to contact the actor's late father. Danson played the role of Van Praagh in a TV movie, "Living With The Dead." Information about that movie can be found at http://www.cbs.com/specials/living_dead.
Danson says, "To be able to talk to the dead is a wonderful gift. I had the most amazing experience. For some reason in this culture it's like this big 'woo woo thing.' I can't think of anyone who hasn't lost a loved one and said, 'I had a dream last night - something bizarre happened that I can't explain.'"
"The idea of communicating to people that have passed over is imbedded into most cultures except ours - Native American tribes depend on their ancestors and communication with them.
"I'm sure it won't be long before we're all conversing with people who have passed. It's a growing trend."
Assuming that Danson's prediction comes true, I know a lot of genealogists who will be standing in line to use that phone booth!