Out in the Open

Whale of a tale: Why one woman clings to her grandfather's too-good-to-be-true stories

Robbin Parcker has always adored hearing her grandfather Michael's fantastical life stories, from the time he stood on a whale, to the time he danced with the queen. But whether those tales are entirely accurate is irrelevant to her.

'They're just part of the fabric of who I am, so why know the truth?' said Robbin Parcker

Robbin Parcker as a young child, held by her grandfather Michael Duncan (Submitted by Robbin Parcker)
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Robbin Parcker has always adored hearing her grandfather's fantastical life stories, from the time he stood on a whale, to the time he danced with the queen.

But whether those too-good-to-be-true stories are entirely accurate is irrelevant to her.

Michael Duncan, Robbin Parcker's grandfather (Submitted by Robbin Parcker)

"There's a lot of truth to his stories that I choose to believe...but I know that there's some fantasy to it," she said.

"Now, they're just part of the fabric of who I am so why know the truth? Because the stories are so great as they are."

More in the skeptic camp is the woman sandwiched between granddaughter and grandfather -- Charlene Duncan, Parcker's mom and Michael Duncan's daughter.

"In my family, eyeball rolling is an Olympic sport," she said.

"But it was sweet because he had a very captive audience in Robbin."

Piya speaks with the trio to understand why some family members are willing to suspend logic for the sake of belief.

Click here to listen to the full conversation.


This story appears in the Out in the Open episode, "Believe It or Not".

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