Tomb Trippin' is a web series hosted by Jim Hanks that focuses on "reanimating" some of the forgotten stories of American history that can be found buried in graveyards across the country. Come with us as we delve into the past and bring to history to life.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Welcome to Tomb Trippin’!

Here at Tomb Trippin’ we like to celebrate the dead. (It's a fitting time of year, don't ya think?) What exactly is Tomb Trippin'? It's a brand new web series coming soon to YouTube! Soon we'll be launching our website and posting all sorts of great stuff about cemeteries and the history inside them.
Each day we “dig up” through our research long-forgotten, fascinating tales of the folks who came before us, giving new life to those asleep in the graves. Some are epic-size heroes who changed the course of history forever. Some are the most despicable of scoundrels who raised hell on earth wherever they went. Still others led quiet, unassuming lives but made a contribution of such grace or import that they should never be forgotten.

Jimmy Hanks
Each episode, host Jimmy Hanks––our “man in black”––rides his motorcycle to hidden corners of America, interviews the local folks living there, always samples the diner pie and house-brewed joe, and finds the most fantastical story buried in each town's graveyard.

Our resident expert, Minda Powers-Douglas, delivers all the facts you would ever want to know about the grave sites we visit. She provides in-depth knowledge of tombstone and grave structures and symbols, as well as "taphophile tidbits" that make our stories even more tantalizing.

Today marks the first day of our blog. We encourage you to follow our stories and tell us about your own local graveyard heroes or scoundrels! We're very eager to hear from all taphophiles (cemetery fans) with your favorite photos , facts and local legends. Maybe Tomb Trippin’ can come to your town to film an episode ... and, of course, have a slice of pie.

Check back later in November to meet our producers and read our mission statement for the video series with a different legend brought to you each episode .

This Veterans Day on our blog, we will visit the Sierra Madre Cemetery here in California to bring you the story of a single veteran responsible for saving over 1,000 lives! As Minda says, ”All lives matter.“ And as the veteran we highlight proves, we all make a difference in the way we touch each others' lives.

Please join us as we continue to grow, building our website and expanding our connections to other sites we know will excite you. For now, enjoy this haunted eve, dance your best harvest dance, honor those you love who came before you, score some great candy, and maybe even do some Tomb Trippin’ of your own. Dig It !

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