It seems paranormal-type podcasts are a dime a dozen nowadays, but the one which started the trend way back in 2005 –when most people didn’t even have an iPod, and Blackberries were still a thing– was Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast. If Jim’s show has managed to withstand the test of time, while many others have quickly expired like digital mayflies in an online stream of information, is because he’s managed to captivate his growing audience with his superb story-telling skills. Indeed, by now Jim has become a published author and his Campfire: True Ghost Stories e-books remain among the #1 bestsellers in Amazon’s Occult & Supernatural department.
I met Jim in 2013 at the Paradigm symposium, but unfortunately we didn’t have much of a chance to chat then. This year however things were different, since Jim functioned as the panel moderator for the event, and we also managed to have a few drinks and engage in a really interesting conversation. For instance, I remember Jim sharing with our small group at the hotel lobby that when he was in college studying Journalism, one of his teachers told the class how when he was an Air Force officer stationed at the 1369th Photographic Squadron at Vandenherg Air Force Base, he was tasked in 1964 with the mission of photographing tracking footage of a very important missile test. But shortly after he handed down the film he was called by one of his superiors who made him watch the footage, and there in the was the unmistakable image of a disc-like object intercepting the Atlas rocket, and shooting what looked like ‘energy beams’ onto its metallic fuselage; immediately after this the flying disc flew out of frame and the rocket lost its course and tumbled out of its set trajectory.
The name of the professor was Robert Jacobs, and what he told to his students is famously known as the 1964 Big Sur UFO filming, which has been mentioned in several documentaries like James Fox’s Out of the Blue.
Talk about a UFOtastic synchronicity! Jim also told us at the hotel gathering how he once had a chance to defend his old professor’s reputation from one of those snarky debunkers who are so fond of ad-hominem attacks. Oh how I wished I’d been able to witness THAT [Read the update below].
As part of his UFO Encounters series on his Paranormal Plus service Jim recently interviewed me (Ep. 77) and I took the opportunity to talk –among other things– about one of my favorite UFO cases of all time: The aerial encounter of Carlos Antonio de los Santos in 1985.
Unfortunately the Skype gods didn’t smile upon us that night, so we were forced to resort to using my cell phone; but despite the subpar sound quality on my end I’m hoping Grailers will still find it enjoyable to listen to –for my part, it sure is flattering to think someone considers my thick-accent ramblings to be ‘Plus-quality’ material…
So if you haven’t already, subscribe to Paranormal Plus and get access to plenty of entertaining material; and also check out Jim’s other podcasts, including the Paranormal Report he produces with my Cosmic Compadre, Micah Hanks –those 2 other shows are free BTW. You should also consider Jim’s Campfire books if you haven’t finished with your Xmas gift list yet.
- Jim Harold’s Homepage
- True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold’s Campfire 1 [Kindle Edition]
- True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold’s Campfire 2 [Kindle Edition]
- True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold’s Campfire 3 [Kindle Edition]
[UPDATE] Jim contacted me to clarify that the anecdote of professor Jacobs was about him defending himself against Bill Nye on a Larry King Live show –and basically tearing “the Science guy” a new one on live TV! Here’s the video:
Sorry about that, guys. I guess that’s the problem when you end up having 1 beer too many…
Oh, and he also was kind enough to give us permission to give a direct link to my interview on UFO encounters, so that you can listen it to without subscribing to his Paranormal Plus service. [Link]