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2012 Archive

In recent weeks it has come to my attention that certain parties are using my ghost stories and those of my contributors as references for their own commercial enterprises.  If you or someone you know is writing a book on ghosts in the Pacific Northwest, PLEASE DO NOT!!! copy or use the following stories or any other materials within this website as references.  

Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)

 

  

Here are some buttons which will take you to an archive copy of the last  years of the "What's New" section I began in 2001.

 

2012 Archive

 

Finally, a Website Update,  Posted 10 October 2012

 

The Travel Chanel's Dead Files Visits Vancouver, WA  Posted 10 October 2012

 

Finally, a Website Update

It has been far too long since I revised this website.  To those people who have returned after a year, thanks for your patience.  For those who are new to the website, welcome.  I am trying to catch up on my events for 2012, so this site will change a bit over the coming days.

The year 2011 and beginning of 2012 were very busy for me and I went from one crisis or job to the next, without time to update this website.  In 2011, I retired from the U.S. military.  I enlisted when I was 17 and remained in the Army Reserve, National Guard, or active duty Army for 32 years.  I retired on 31 December 2011 and in the months leading up to this, I spent several months working on various military matters.  In between then, I was busy trying to keep up with the paranormal realm, and trying to start a new career.  Or rather jump start an old one.

Late in 2011, I began teaching at Clark College, in Vancouver, Washington.  I first studied there as an undergraduate student in 1980 and after a few delays, graduated in 1985.  I became an adjunct faculty member there in the 1990s and was teaching there shortly after September 11th, 2001.  In less than a year, I was mobilized to support Operation Enduring Freedom.  Over the next decade, I probably spent no less than 45 days a year on active duty.  Though some years, I spent several months.  Because of my military duties, I could not think of any long term employment, so I waited and did what I could, until I was rehired as an adjunct instructor.  

Since then, I have been fortunate that they have needed someone who could teach both Introduction to Archaeology and Introduction to Archaeology in the same quarter.  This is by no means a tenured position, but I love doing this and working with students.  I have also been following a passion that is almost as interesting as ghost hunting.  Military history.

As I neared retirement, I looked around at the changes in the Vancouver area.  The U.S. Army finally left the Vancouver Barracks on Memorial Day, 2012.  This marked the end of an era in regional history.  Before that happened, I and several other veterans formed the Vancouver Barracks Military Association (VBMA) and we are determined to open a military history museum/interpretive center, dedicated to the history of the Vancouver Barracks, and the 104th Division.  Our website is:  www.vbma.us   Now on to ghostly doings...

 

The Travel Channel's Dead Files Visits Vancouver, WA

In early 2011, I was contacted by producers from the show, The Dead Files, which aires on the Travel Channel.  They were looking for locations to film (like all the genre tv shows) Someone from a community theatre, the Slocum House Theater contacted the show.  The producers wanted someone familiar with Vancouver’s history to interview.  I was glad to help and put them in touch with a few other people, such as the local historical society.  It was an interesting episode and with a little web hunting you can visit the show.  It aired on 18 May 2012 and was named, The Final Curtain.  I found a link to the interview with myself.  Here it is:  Historical Interview.

I must say that I enjoyed working with the Dead Files cast and crew.  They were very professional and respectful of myself and the others around me.  They were also, “Old School” in their approach.  I am a little tired of paranormal “reality” shows that have people running around screaming and yelling.  I was happy to see an adult approach to this, with interviews, fact vs myth investigations, and maybe a bit of reenactment here and there.  I did not meet Amy, that was not allowed.  Though I met Steve.  He was as portrayed on the show.  Although the interview only plays for a minute and a half, there were lots of problems with the production and we stood facing each other for about 2 hours.  Which may explain why I was standing a bit odd.  As one or two of my friends pointed out.  Sigh. 

A few weeks later, they show producers contacted me about other locations.  This time I took a smaller role and helped put them together with author Gregg Olsen, and the residents of a house in Ollalla, Washington, known as Starvation Heights.  This was the home and sanitarium of a woman named Linda Hazzard.  She was a quack doctor who may have killed over 30 people in the early 20th Century.  The episode aired on 6 July 2012 and was entitled Starvation Heights.

 

 

 

 

 

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