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By Wayne Garrett
Are there really those among us who can see into the future? On rare occasion, someone comes along who gives us cause to wonder.
To say the least, he was a sight. There was nothing in Buena Vista to compare him to other than something out of one of Mrs. Cleo Shingler's Arabian Night picture shows. He sported a braided beard and wore silken flowing . . . I guess you call 'em robes and sort of pantaloon britches. His headgear and footwear were anything but ordinary.
Having been away for a long time, he came home without advance notice. Home was a half mile or so up a dirt road that led north from Georgia Highway 103 just beyond Jay Warren's Little New York store in western Marion County. In those days, the Trailways bus ran daily from Columbus down 103 to Buena Vista and beyond. It would stop anywhere along the way to let passengers board or get off. By bus is how I surmise he traveled. He most assuredly didn't hitchhike. Nobody would have picked him up.