My Twilight Zone Moment


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In October 2006, I attended a Self-Realization Fellowship retreat at a hotel in Chaska, Minnesota. During an afternoon class on Saturday, I was seated behind a few young people. The oldest of them looked to be about twenty. As he turned to talk to someone and I saw his face, it struck me that, both from the back and the front, he looked remarkably like John Linn, a good friend of mine back in high school thirty years ago. Then I saw him smile, and he looked even more like John. I couldn’t get the resemblance out of my mind. When the class ended, everyone stood up to leave. When he turned around, I was stunned. His nametag read . . . wait for it . . .  Jon Lynn!

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8 Responses to “My Twilight Zone Moment”

  1. Kim Wencl Says:

    Don’t leave us hanging here – was his last name misspelled on his name tag and was he John Linn’s son?

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Nope, no relation. Just a coincidence.

  3. jopet Says:

    hey that’s an amazing coincidence! i was asking the same question when i read your story, thinking he might be John linn’s son…

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Nope. Both the first and last names were spelled differently. Hence the Twilight Zone moment!

  5. Kim Says:

    This story gave me shivers!

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re telling me! My whole body was one long shiver when it happened!

  7. Twelveoranges Says:

    I was almost spooked! =p

  8. Phil Bolsta Says:

    No almost about it for me, Twelveoranges!!!!

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