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Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
The interviewee, Camille Brown is 21 years old and was born in Salt Lake City, UT. She currently resides in Logan, UT where she attends Utah State University. She is studying French and Music and moved to Logan after she returned home from serving an LDS mission in Paris, France. Her hobbies include studying French, playing the piano, and spending time with friends and family. She agreed to be interviewed after she and a few of our friends had exchanged Logan legends in her basement while we were supposed to be studying.
The legend of the “Green Light” is something I’ve frequently heard about since moving to Logan in August, from both students and teachers. Those present in the room had no idea of the whereabouts of the green light, though when that term “green light,” was mentioned, there was a unanimous agreement that they knew the tale, or at least what would happen if you were to see the green lantern carried by a mysterious woman.
There’s this other Logan Canyon legend that some of my friends have experienced firsthand. You drive up the canyon to this one spot, I don’t really know where, and apparently, if you turn your car off, you go and you take your keys and you put them on the back of like, your trunk? You get back in the car, and you turn your lights off, there’s a light that appears at the top of the hill. It’s this lady with a lantern. And she starts walking towards your car. And everytime someone has gotten the keys and tried to start the car, the car won’t stop. And then you see this lady start to get super close, and stuff like that… And eventually, like, my friends said that when it happened to them, um, they got their car to start and they turned it around and they started zooming away, but she was super close. Then they heard this big smack [claps hands together] against the car as they were leaving, and like when they were safe or whatever they saw this big hand print on the side of their car.
The interview took place in her basement after we’d returned from exercising at the Aggie Recreational Center. Camille and I have been friends for about 6 years and attended the same high school. Just before her interview, our other friend Dallas arrived to study with us. He had never heard the story of the lady with the green lantern before and listened intently as Camille recited the legend. The interview felt casual, comfortable, and like a standard conversation that we’d normally have. There was a believable element to the story as she discussed what had happened to her “friends,” giving her claim more validity due to the indirect nature. Her voice slowed at the end when she mentioned the “handprint” on the side of the car, ending the interview with a suspenseful tone.
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G7: Unexplainable Phenomena
Rivera, Josephine, "“Green Light”" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 312.