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After being discovered by accident on his nightly walks, the tale of the Green Man?or Charlie No Face, as he was also called?developed. There are conflicting stories about where the ?green skin? idea came from. Some accounts say he always wore his favorite green plaid shirt or other green clothes that reflected the color onto his pale skin while others say his skin was a pale shade of green.

After being discovered by accident on his nightly walks, the tale of the Green Man?or Charlie No Face, as he was also called?developed. There are conflicting stories about where the ?green skin? idea came from. Some accounts say he always wore his favorite green plaid shirt or other green clothes that reflected the color onto his pale skin while others say his skin was a pale shade of green.

The True Pennsylvania Legend of Charlie No-Face

In the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, children are often told the tale of a monstrous creature, a faceless man that wanders the streets at night, stalking the roads, looking for prey. They call him the ?Green Man? or ?Charlie No Face?. ?If you go out after dark, Charlie No Face may grab you.? ?If you stay out too late,?you may run across the Green Man who will steal your face to place over the gaping hole where his?face once was.? ?He roams the hollow late at night and chases the parkers and the loafers away.? It?s a right of passage in the area ? young people frighten themselves and others with stories of the Green Man or Charlie No Face. The legend says that Charlie No Face was a utility worker who was killed by a downed power line that burnt off his face and tinged his skin green. In another version of the tale, Charlie No Face was struck by lightning, failed to die, and crept into an old abandoned house where he lived out the rest of his days venturing out only at night to terrorize residents of the area. ?The stories were grand ? and true.

The?Post Gazette, a local South Park newspaper, wrote a piece on Green Man that included interviews with residents of the area.? In the article, the Post Gazette relays a story told by area historian, and resident, Joline Pelesky:

?To this day the nearby tunnel that Piney Fork Road and its namesake creek follow under the old B&O railroad is known as the ?Green Man Tunnel.? Like others, she describes it as a spooky-looking spot, though she knows that?s not the only reason it gave adolescents gooseflesh. The guys used to take their girlfriends there, you know,? says Pelesky, who grew up in that area in the 1930s when it was all coal mines. She?s heard that one night back in the ?40s or so, one guy, perhaps in a costume, was out there peeking in the steamy windows of the cars, ?and scared them half to death.? She?s even heard that it was a mentally deranged person who was later institutionalized.? In her 72 years, Pelesky hasn?t seen the Green Man. However, enough people did that the Green Man of South Park tales earned a reputation, and a brief mention, in the 1994 book, ?Ghost Stories of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.?

As it turns out, the legend of Charlie No Face is mostly true ? it is based on a real man, Raymond Robinson, whose life changed dramatically after a gruesome accident on June 18, 1919.

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Joshua A. Miele, here in Berkeley, Calif., was 4 when a next-door neighbor came to the gate of his family?s home in Brooklyn and tossed sulfuric acid into his face, blinding him. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

Joshua A. Miele, here in Berkeley, Calif., was 4 when a next-door neighbor came to the gate of his family?s home in Brooklyn and tossed sulfuric acid into his face, blinding him. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times.

Joshua Miele‘s Sight Was Stolen From Him When He Was A Child

Forty Something Years Later, He’s Giving the Blind a Bright Future

A neighbourhood boy remembers hearing of a little boy blinded by a schizophrenic man who threw acid on him at the age of 4. Decades later he looks up the man that little boy has become and writes an article about him.

The subject of the article, Josh Miele, is the President of the LightHouse Board. In addition to heading the LightHouse with leadership and vision, Josh is an associate scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, where he has partnered with the LightHouse to create tactile-Braille maps of every station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). The New York Times called the maps, ?exquisite things with raised lines of plastic and Braille labels. They elegantly lay out information that can be heard by using an audio smart pen?.

On an October afternoon 43 years ago, on a beautiful block in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a crime occurred in a split second that was as permanent as it was cruel. Grown-ups tried to make sense of it, even use it as a cautionary tale for their children, but in the end, many just put it out of their minds. How could they not? It was just too awful, its lessons too hard to fathom.

The victim was named Josh Miele. He was 4. On that day, Oct. 5, 1973, he was playing in the backyard of his family?s house on President Street while his mother, Isabella, cooked in the kitchen. The doorbell rang, and Josh sprinted to get it.

Standing on the other side of the heavy iron gate beneath the stoop was Basilio Bousa, 24, who lived next door. Josh unlocked it. Then he slipped his two feet into the gate?s lowest rung and grabbed hold with his hands so his weight would pull it open. But Basilio just stood there. Basilio didn?t move or speak. So Josh stepped out, into the open. And then, he couldn?t see. He didn?t know why. He felt around with his hands, grasping for the walls. He forced his eyes open and glimpsed the wood paneling in the vestibule. It was the last thing he ever saw.

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