Another lovely aspect of this all encompassing, nightmare of a project is to make a visual. So I decided to interview a professor whose expertise is in local Virginia history. I got the opportunity to meet with Dr. McCord of George Mason University on the subject of this pirate. I asked him what he thought about it, and if he thought the story was plausible and he completely shot me down. And to top that off it was on camera. He just said, straight out, it was not possible. I was speechless, it took me a few minutes to recover from the blow before I could continue on with the interview. I was pretty bummed the rest of the day…the research I had so far was not enough to prove anything. And Dr. McCord made some very important and intelligent points that he probably would have gotten caught. I think by the end I had him doubting himself a little bit, but I am pretty sure he is convinced that it’s complete bullshit for lack of a better way to say it. Perhaps I’ll prove him wrong…and maybe I won’t, but I am still going to try.
I also decided to videotape our interview just in case he had given me something that I could really use to help me with my research so here is the interview.