Prankster to the last
Imagine receiving a card from a friend who’s been dead for a little while. This happened to 34 friends of the late Chet Fitch from Oregon. In December 2007 they received a Christmas card from Chet, who had passed away two months earlier. The card showed Chet square-dancing with his wife Jessie, who herself died in 1995.
On the card was written: "I asked Big Guy if I could sneak back and send some cards. At first he said no; but at my insistence he finally said, 'Oh well, what the heaven, go ahead but don't tarry there.’ Better get back as Big Guy said he stretched a point to let me in the first time, so I had better not press my luck. I'll probably be seeing you (some sooner than you think). Wishing you a very Merry Christmas."
Chet Fitch had devised the plan back in 1987 and asked his barber Patty Dean to send the cards. One week before he died aged 88, Chet told Patty she would probably be able to mail them that year. Friends and relatives were both amazed and amused.
Chet's daughter, Tangren Alexander, described the card as "Sweet and funny. So much like him". "When I opened his card, all I could think was: 'You little stinker.'" said Debbie Hansen-Bernard, an old friend.
Source: BBC NEWS