‘‘I promised myself that if they started leaving these goofy notes again, I wasn’t going to go along with it,’’ Jerome said.
The next time a note was left, Jerome said he was chagrined at the contents, as were his fellow witnesses inside the Hall. He decided to fib and say that no note was left. He declines to reveal its contents, other than to say that, in hindsight, it was a hint that the vigil was about to be nevermore.
‘‘My personal feeling is the novelty wore off and they didn’t like fighting the crowds and trying to find ways to get in here,’’ Jerome said. ‘‘And being afraid someone would try to tackle them with a camera right in their faces.’’
Jerome is still bothered there wasn’t a farewell note when the toaster last visited in 2009. He has held the vigil each year since then, in case the visitor returned.
He declared that 2012 was the end for good.
Now, however, he says he might pull another all-nighter Saturday.
‘‘It never leaves my mind how special this was, how unique, one of a kind,’’ Jerome said. ‘‘It had the flair, the drama attached to it. ... I feel privileged. I was honored to fall into this. It’s been a part of my life.
‘‘I'm the one that kept it going, helped the guy so he wouldn’t be tackled. How many thousands and thousands of people would give anything to be here?’’
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