Archive for August, 2011
Yes, ghost fans, Tonopah, Nevada’s Mizpah Hotel, reputed to be haunted by “the lady in red,” is due to re-open.
Being a long-time fan of ghosts, even the idea of ghosts, if it were possible, this author would surely book a room on the fifth floor of this place in a New York minute when it re-opens… especially as the aforementioned resident is a sweet soul and is rather gracious enough to leave those lucky enough to see her a quite valuable souvenir, direct from the æther!
From Historic Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah gets new life, by Ed Vogel.
“During the Mizpah’s glory days, lore has it that the hotel was where former heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey served as a bouncer, Wyatt Earp was a regular and Howard Hughes married Jean Peters.
Or so the story goes.
State historian Guy Rocha has debunked those myths thoroughly.
Dempsey even wrote in his autobiography that he never was a saloon bouncer in his life. Hughes married Peters in 1957 at the L&L Motel, down the street from the Mizpah. And while Earp lived in Tonopah in 1902, he was long gone before the Mizpah was constructed.
Rocha said in a story that hotel promoters long have taken “great liberties with the past to enhance the history of the business and attract more patrons.” The marketing strategy is an old and unsophisticated one and incorporates the “George Washington slept here” approach.
But not even Rocha can debunk the “Lady in Red” story, at least among people who want to believe in ghosts.
The lady in red was a prostitute who conducted her business with Mizpah patrons in the 1920s. A wealthy man is said to have killed her in a fit of rage when he discovered he was only one of her many customers. He killed her on the fifth floor.
She roams the hotel to this day, according to legend. Those who see her often find a pearl on their pillows or nightstands.
Myth or not, the Clines are promoting the legend on their website.”
What a great story. For me it conjures up a life back in time where things were, seemingly, from my perspective, a lot more “real” than they are now. I might have even done well then. Although I’m pretty sure that to the people then, even Wyatt Earp, things may have been as banal as things are to us… maybe not, eh… it’s fun to romanticize them into a sort of Hollywood-induced semi-reality. Anyway…
I wish the new owners a lot of success and the same to those staying on in this Fortean facility!
9/8/2011 • 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Room: Main Theater
Author: Dr. John Alexander
Former Green Beret commander and developer of weapons at Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. John Alexander has a long history of travelling a fine line between traditional science and studying various phenomena. In this program, Alexander and George Knapp will reviews major events in UFO history, discussing both facts and flaws, and Alexander’s book, “UFO: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities.”
During the 1980s, Alexander organized an interagency group to explore the evidence, with participants from the military, CIA, and aerospace industry examining classic cases, including Roswell; unexplained incidents occurring within the U.S. strategic defense systems, the Phoenix Lights, and the documented radiation poisoning suffered by Betty Cash and Vicky Landrum after their reported 1980 encounter near Houston.
He has been a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons since he created renewed interest in the field. He has traveled to ALL of the continents on Earth. Currently Alexander is a private consultant and a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. His books include, “The Warrior’s Edge,” “Future War,” and the sequel, “Winning the War.”
A book signing and reception will follow the discussion.
Should be a promising lecture, we think…
L.O.W.F.I was recently made aware of a very interesting blog post at a site called Glowing Raccoon. Which is interesting in itself. But this story from the Hill and Nellis Air Force bases is one of a sadly unrequited official experience with UFOs — it is thought provoking, to say the least.
Here is a snippet to tickle thy ganglia…
I, along with all other new airmen, sat through hours of briefings, most having to do with education, base legal services, and family support. Initially, the FTAC briefings proved to be even more boring than the months of training sessions in tech school.
Then things got interesting. Two agents from the base Office of Special Investigations detachment came to brief us on subjects we should be aware of. At first their instructions were pretty mundane: don’t do drugs, be aware of spies soliciting intelligence, and, of course, keep your eyes open for terrorists.
Their next comments quickly recaptured my attention. The OSI agents were wrapping up their presentation as a recruiting session, open to all first-term airmen. One agent said, “Yeah, we deal with drug busts, sexual-assault cases, and all that, but the real interesting stuff is the X-files type stuff. There are a lot of weird things flying around out there, and we get to investigate it.”
Please do continue on to read the rest of this most intriguing tale and to see the other side of the coin.