At the Cumberland Caverns Christmas Party this past Saturday (December 11), Roy Davis, developer and long-time manager of Cumberland Caverns, was the speaker, song-leader, etc., at the Banquet. At least, it looked like Roy Davis. The person was wearing Roy's burgandy sport's coat and knew all the old Roy Davis stories.
But, the plot thickens.
At the end of the party, Gordon Smith and Ed Yarborough carried a covered object on an essell onto the stage (in the Volcano Room) and new manager Teddy B. Jones announces that they are making an AWARD to Roy Davis. With Roy (or the person who looks like Roy) looking on, they remove the black cloth to reveal a beautiful brass plaque which reads:
IN MEMORY OF ROY DAVIS -- HE LOVED THIS CAVE
They said the plaque would be mounted on the wall, somewhere in the cave.
Now to me, "In Memory Of" means the person is already dead. Was that person up there a Zombie? Is Roy one of the Living Dead? Could he be a Vampire? Or, was that a Look-Alike, dressed up and pretending he was Roy Davis? And, they have already buried poor Roy and didn't tell the rest of us?
Oh, what is the awful truth here? I even talked to "Roy" afterwards, and it sounded just like him !!! But who can be sure ??? Can the NSS form a Committe to investigate this mystery?
Larry E. Matthews