" 'How long have you been dead?' W A S N E V E R A L I V E At that moment, I looked up at Pete, and whispered, "We need to close this conversation, right now." "What do you mean, Frank?" Pete asked. He didn't grow up in the kind of household I did, so he didn't know what was going on at the moment. "Pete, this isn't a ghost or a spirit," I said slowly, and quietly. He finally got what I was saying after a while, but then the planchette started to move again."