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October 6, 2006 2:12 PM

'Take time to get to know your ghosts'

(Originally published on Oct. 27, 1984) YOU KNOW, Sacramento's killing off all its ghosts. The remark comes from one so-called Wilbur - a salty octogenarian and self-styled ghost collector. I'd struck up a conversation with Wilbur one day when I was walking along the Sacramento River levee and happened upon the old coot just sitting and staring at some of the Delta's grand Victorians. After a lengthy conversation praising old houses, the subject turned to ghosts. Seems like old Wilbur had known quite a few in his days, and he even considered himself an expert on the care and feeding of old house spirits.

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