On Sunday September 19, 2010, I dropped in at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California to visit Ghost Fest 4 Expo . This was a paranormal event that featured seminars presented by experts in the field, an exhibit hall with vendors of products and services related to psychic activities, a museum display, and special haunted tours.
The event was kicked off on Friday the 17th and included a live broadcast of George Noory's Coast to Coast radio show. The weekend included a world premiere of a movie called The Dead Matter. There were also other stage presentations and special events.
Due to other commitments I was unable to attend most of this event, but I did make it for the final hours. I was accompanied by my daughter Angelina and her significant other, Ray. Most of the crowds had dispersed by the time we arrived and actually the Sunday attendance was much less than the previous two days had been. When we got inside things were a bit dead (excuse the pun).
We were greeted by an exhibit hall filled with fortune tellers, clairvoyants, psychics, ghost hunters, and other paranormal professionals. There were very few attendees in the hall and most of the exhibitors were visiting with each other. Tarot card readers and palm readers tried to lure me into their booths to tell me my fortune. I'm not sure why they couldn't foresee that I wasn't going to be interested and that certainly didn't add to their credibility in my eyes. They all seemed to be very nice people though.
I asked one psychic where I could find the speaker I came to see and she graciously led me to one of the event information stations where the representative could answer my questions. I would have thought she could have just psychically known where I should go. But I guess I may be running this joke into an early grave.
The three of us found Philip Morris on the second level of the ship waiting for his slated lecture to begin. I have been friends with Philip for over forty years and have worked for him for most of those years. Philip is the founder and owner of Morris Costume Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Morris Costumes is the largest U.S.distributor of costumes and other related supplies. I had not seen Phil for well over a year and it was good to catch up on things with him.
|From left to right: Philip Morris holding Bigfoot costume, Arlee Bird with ghostly light shining upon him, Angelina, and Ray. (Photo taken by Whit "Pop" Haydn)|