GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #70 - June 15, 2007
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Thomas Edison was a believer. There can be no doubt. In his speeches, journals, and writing he referenced on multiple occasions a machine he was building to try and communicate with the dead. In a 1920 essay, Edison wrote: "Now what I propose to do is furnish psychic investigators with an apparatus which will give a scientific aspect to their work. This apparatus, let me explain, is in the nature of a valve, so to speak. That is to say, the slightest conceivable effort is made to exert many times its initial power for indicative purposes. It is similar to a modern power house, where man, with his relatively puny one-eighth horse-power, turns a valve which starts a 50,000-horse-power steam turbine. My apparatus is along those lines, in that the slightest effort which it intercepts will be magnified many times so as to give us whatever form of record we desire for the purpose of investigation. Beyond that I don’t care to say anything further regarding its nature. I have been working out the details for some time; indeed, a collaborator in this work died only the other day. In that he knew exactly what I am after in this work, I believe he ought to be the first to use it if he is able to do so."
Some would say Edison was swindled by Spiritualists in the latter part of his life. Not so. Edison was a true scientist and ruled out no possibilities his entire career as an inventor. On November 29, 1875, when Edison was just 28 years old he called a press conference because he thought he discovered a "new
force," described as an "etheric force" based on a mysterious force theorized by German chemist Baron Karl von Reichenbach (1788 – 1869). Reichenbach claimed he discovered a force that could explain supernatural phenomena – he named this force "Od," "Odyle," or "Odic" after the Norse God Odin. Edison read Reichenbach's work and was curious. He looked for it and even thought he discovered it in 1875, but later realized what he witnessed in an experiment was a natural arc of electricity. This month we're going to explore the supernatural side of Thomas Edison and look more closely at his notes on his spirit communication machine.
We have some other announcements this month. Ghostvillage U. is back and would like to welcome "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach! Ghostvillage.com is proud to offer the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies taught by Loyd Auerbach. Check out
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Things are busy as ever here in the Village! As always, we welcome your feedback, your articles, and your input. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below.
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Congratulations to Jeremy Cook of Schaumburg, Illinois, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's book, Our Haunted Lives, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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What is author James L. Choron's favorite brand of vodka?
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This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
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June 17: Jeff
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June 18: Jeff
Belanger on The X Zone Radio
June 22: 2007
Haunted America Conference Decatur, Illinois - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
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Belanger on The X Zone Radio
July 8: Jeff
Belanger on Ghostly Talk Radio
July 20: Ghost
World Conference 2007 - Gettysburg, PA - Don't miss the paranormal event of the year!
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Village?
>>Mark London<< - member since April 2, 2007
What is your name?
How old are you?
I will be 38 on 27th September
Where do you live?
Good Ole London, England
What do you do for a living?
I am currently an IT/Systems Support Manager.
What first got you interested in ghosts and the supernatural?
I have been involved in the paranormal most of my life, but didn't realize I had this "gift," but I have
developed greatly since 2001 when my girlfriend passed away. She is my "broadband connection" to the spirit
world, where previously it was more of an 28K dial-up modem!
Does being psychically sensitive ever interfere with your everyday life?
Yes, it used to, but I have since learned to switch it on and off, apart from when my girlfriend nags me on
the other side -- she's still the boss, you know!
What's your favorite kind of beer?
To be honest I'm not a big drinker, but I enjoy the occasional Stella Artois.
Our last month's theme was the ghost experience. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Discussion: My Grandmother
Discussion: Haunted Theatre?
Encounters: The Little Girl at Disney World
Encounters: My Dad's Kitchen Visit
Encounters: Playing Pool With Grandpa
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Restoring Your Eyesight by Doug Marsh
Reaching Through the Veil to Heal by Linda Drake
Ghosts of Valley Forge and Phoenixville by D. P. Roseberry [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
The Origins of Psychic Phenomena by Stan Gooch
Footprints in the Snow by James L. Choron [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
In My Own Way by Alan Watts
Darkside Zodiac at Work by Stella Hyde
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Whispers in the Song - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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A Demon in My Bed - Puyallup, Washington
Our Haunted Funeral Home - Rochester, Pennsylvania
The Gesturing Girl - Springfield, Ohio
Stop! - Pomona, California
My Dad's Kitchen Visit - Mission Viejo, California
Playing Pool With Grandpa - Pacific, Missouri
The Voice on My Cell Phone - Cannonball, North Dakota
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Mystery of the Ghost of the Hotel Del Coronado - New Evidence Revealed, Legend Busted, Says San Diego Medium
Supernatural Symposium to Centralize Paranormal Research Launches at the Ghost World Conference in Gettysburg
World's First Paranormal News Web-cast Returns
Into the Unknown with George Noory Premieres June 13th on SciFi
Mansion May Reach Back Hoppers Crossing Star Pakenham, Victoria, Australia - June 5, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost Chicks Promotions Present the San Antonio Paranormal Extravaganza to be Held at the St. Anthony Wyndham Hotel on August 3 - 5, 2007 [CONFERENCE WATCH]
Ghost World, LLC Announces the First Annual Paranormal Awards
Faith and Skepticism National Catholic Register North Haven, Connecticut - May 29, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Hex Murder House to Become Historical Exhibit, Now Open to the Public
New DVD Series Focuses upon Ghosts of Gettysburg
Daunted and Perhaps Even Haunted The Sydney Morning Herald Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - May 20, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost Hunters Evicted? Use of Aurora Site Questioned Record Courier Aurora, Ohio - May 20, 2007 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost World, LLC Announces Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association as Official Charity of 2007 Conference
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Southern Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles - June 13, 2007 [PODCAST]
Ghost Hunters Spotlight - John Speer and Leslie Boyce of the Southern Spirit Seeker Society - Ghost Chronicles - June 6, 2007 [PODCAST]
The Ghost in the Pantry - by Lee Prosser - June 4, 2007 [COLUMN]
Dog Town - Ghost Chronicles - May 30, 2007 [PODCAST]
Classifying Paranormal Photographs by Josh Mantello - May 29, 2007
Five Foot Nothin' of Guardian Angel by Dr. J. Lee Choron - May 25, 2007
Mark Nesbitt: The Ghosts of Gettysburg - Ghost Chronicles [PODCAST]
The Spirit Children of the Fontaine Manse - Ghost Chronicles [PODCAST]
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
2007 Haunted America Conference - Decatur, Illinois - June 22-23, 2007
Ghost World Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - July 20-22, 2007
Contact III: Berkshire Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar - North Adams, Massachusetts - September 22-23, 2007
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 13, 2007
Today is the last day to get the $130 rate for this incredible conference. After today the price will go up to $150 until July 15th. After July 15th, no more tickets will be sold! You don't want to miss the paranormal event of the year and the chance to mingle with other Ghostvillagers from around the country.
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Werewolves and Silver
What is the theory and origin behind silver killing werewolves?
Origin of Deja Vu Pinpointed
Ever have a feeling of Deja Vu and wonder why? Ever have a feeling of Deja Vu and wonder why?
Deceased Mayor's Face Displayed in Paranormal Tree?
The image of the late mayor of Rosemont, Illinois, appears to have impressed itself on a tree he repeatedly saved from the chainsaw.
Haunted Locations from the Sooner State.
Board of the Month -- Thomas Edison's Spirit Communication Device
Edison talked about it, did he ever build it? Did it work?
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