Photo by Kelly White
Paranormal investigator Terry Fisk talked about the unknown last Thursday night during a program called, "Unexplained Mysteries" at the Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 S. Oxford Ave.
By Kelly White
It’s the haunting season. The cooler temperatures and cloudy days make it the perfect time of year when stories of paranormal activity, aliens, UFOs and ghosts come to life.
The Chicago Ridge Public Library offered a program last Thursday called “Unexplained Mysteries” shining light into the unknown. Paranormal investigator Terry Fisk led the free event at the library at 10400 S. Oxford Ave.
“I think anything pertaining to any unexplained mystery is fascinating but I do have to admit I get spooked very easily,” said Lori Lysik, adult programming coordinator at the library. “Terry (Fisk) brings in a big crowd and provides some great information.”
Lysik, who organized the library topic, said Fisk presented the program there before.
A philosopher, author, investigator and lecturer for Unexplained Research LLC, Fisk studied philosophy and religion at the University of Wisconsin. He also co-hosted "The Unexplained" radio talk show, directed "The Unexplained" television series, lectures at paranormal conferences throughout the United States, and has co-authored seven books, including The Illinois Road Guide to Haunted Locations.
Fisk said his interest in the paranormal sparked with a simple photograph.
“ A photo of me next to the grave of my great-great-grandparents, which captured an unexplained ghostly form,” said Fisk, of Eau Claire, Wis. “As a result, I began to wonder about the possibility of finding scientific evidence for ghosts and the afterlife.”
Fisk discussed ghostly phenomena along with several other unexplainable things at last Thursday night’s presentation at the library. Some of the unexplained mysteries he delved deeper into were about missing persons Amelia Earhart and D.B. Cooper.
The mystery surrounding Earhart continues to capture the attention of the young and old alike. She disappeared on July 2, 1937 on her flight over the Pacific Ocean, which would have completed her around-the-world flight, the longest and first by a woman.
Cooper is an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft between Portland, Ore., and Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971.
He purchased his airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper and eventually became known as D. B. Cooper. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and protracted FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been found.
“There have been many theories about who he could be, but nothing has ever been proven,” Fisk said.
Fisk also reflected on unsolved crimes by Jack the Ripper; bizarre events like the Dyatlov Pass Incident; unexplained sounds, worldwide trumpets and hums; weird astronomy; Mars Monolith; and the Wow! Signal.
The Wow! Signal was a strong narrowband radio signal received on Aug. 15, 1977 by Ohio State University's Big Ear radio telescope in the United States, then used to support the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The signal appeared to come from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin.
Astronomer Jerry R. Ehman discovered the anomaly a few days later while reviewing the recorded data. He was so impressed by the result that he circled the reading on the computer printout and wrote the comment Wow! on its side, leading to the event's widely used name today.
“ To this day, that signal has never repeated itself,” Fisk said.
Mysteries, like the Wow! Signal, that hint at the possibility of extraterrestrial life are a favorite of Fisk’s.
“ Mysteries fulfill a basic human need for wonder,” Fisk said. “I would rather live in a huge world full of mystery and uncertainty, than in a world so tiny and simple that we could fully comprehend it. It's my view that the most meaningful things in life aren't the answers to be found, but it's the mysteries to be lived.”
He also reflected on crop circles, spook lights, strange sounds and more, proving that there is truth in the unknown.
“Unexplained mysteries are what I live for,” Fisk said. “For me, it’s bittersweet because I work to solve them.”