The Vanishing Man Commentator Michael Ivey travels to Gallatin, Tennessee (35 miles northeast of Nashville) to solve the mystery of The Disappearance of David Lang. Legend has it that Lang vanished in full view of his family and a visiting judge on the afternoon of September 23, 1880. The story has appeared in print for a century, and found its way to NPR producer Art Silverman who spurred Ivey into this investigation. With the help of the local bail bondsman, police chief, mayor and other town folks, they track down the exact location where Lang was either abducted or turned "sideways in time." Their attempts to find the portal to another dimension have surprising results in this pre-Halloween story.