Okay, part two of day one of MIParaCon. Today, I'm sharing a few of my pictures. You can tell them by the crappy quality. My phone's camera was fond of washing everyone's face out in white. Ernie Hudson was the luckiest in his dark skin didn't washout as bad, but even then my phone tried. I think it's racist or something! (Kidding. Phones are inanimate, after all.) The lightening didn't help. Even the people on stage said it was bright and they couldn't see the audience. A few times, when the lecturer moved to the side I was able to get a picture that wasn't too bad.
Zoom on my phone was out of the question.
It's not just ghosts and the paranormal that is discussed at MIParaCon. Aliens and cryptozoology get the spotlight too. Dr. Jeff Meldrum had a fascinating lecture on Big Foot and, a bit appropriate, Big Foot's feet. The evidence he had to Big Foot and other large creatures like it being real went into bone structure of the foot and tiny, insignificant details a hoaxer might not think of. He also had the actual casts of many prints and you could buy one. I passed it up, but it was tempting.
John Zaffis is the nephew of Ed and Lorraine Warren (whose notes of Andrea's house were what made the movie The Conjuring.) If I remember right, he's been at MIParaCon since the beginning and is a fan favorite. I see why to. His book Haunted By The Things We Love was a great read and he talked about investigating some of those cases.
Jeff Belanger is a great lead up to my last highlight. He helped with the TV show Ghost Adventures, who Nick Groff was in and was also at MIParaCon. Jeff discussed Dissecting the Ghost Story. It was also his 40th birthday. Other fun fact: he wrote a children's book about the hauntings in the White House. I wonder what my sister would think if I got that for my nephew, Emmet.
The last guest of Day One was Nick Groff from Ghost Adventures. I thought it would have been fun if Zack and Aaron had joined Nick, but Nick was there because he has a few of this own adventures he's doing and talked about that as well. It was interesting to learn that he was the driving force behind Ghost Adventures. He was the enthusiast and got Zack and Aaron together for the documentary they made that started the show. Meeting him was terrifying. I was shaking, but was brave enough to ask for a picture, and to sign his book to my little sister because she's a fan of the show.
This brings us to the end of day one. Events ran from 9am to 7pm. It was a long day, but so much fun. I was excited for day two.