April 16, 2019 8:00 am

Nighttime podcast recap: The life and cosmic end of Granger Taylor

Built from two satellite dishes, Granger Taylor’s backyard spaceship has intrigued people since he built it before he disappeared in 1980.

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On this week’s Nighttime podcast, Jordan Bonaparte is joined by investigative journalist Tyler Hooper, who will share what he has learned about the life and cosmic end of Granger Taylor.

Taylor left his parents a peculiar note on the evening of November 29, 1980. The 32-year-old then vanished from their farm in Duncan, a small town on southern Vancouver Island, BC.

“Dear Mother and Father,

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I have gone away to walk aboard an alien spaceship, as recurring dreams assured a 42-month interstellar voyage to explore the vast universe, then return. I am leaving behind all my possessions to you as I will no longer require the use of any. Please use the instructions in my will as a guide to help.

Love, Granger.”

Taylor was born on October 7, 1948, in the logging and fishing town of Duncan, B.C. Though he dropped out of school by Grade 8, he was known for being a mechanical genius. He once found an abandoned locomotive in the forest and restored it to its former glory. The province of British Columbia purchased the steam engine for tour and display. He also purchased and restored a vintage Kitty Hawk warplane, which sold for $20,000 in 1981 — a year after his disappearance.

READ MORE: Dark Poutine podcast recap — The Disappearance of Granger Taylor

In life, Granger Taylor was known as something between an eccentric mechanic and a mad genius. At present day, he is known around the world as the man who left a note almost 40 years ago saying he had gone on an interstellar voyage aboard a UFO and was never seen again.

Links:

Tyler Hooper: https://twitter.com/thooper8?lang=en

The Man Who Went to Space and Disappeared (Vice.com Article): https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/yvwjkv/the-man-who-went-to-space-and-disappeared-the-story-of-granger-taylor

Spaceman (CBC Documentary about Granger Taylor): https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/episodes/spaceman

Credits:

Granger’s Note reading: Jack Luna of Dark Topic https://darktopicpodcast.com/

Musical Theme: Next Time by Paragon Cause https://paragoncause.bandcamp.com/

Ambient Theme: Fall Asleep by Paragon Cause https://paragoncause.bandcamp.com/

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