Meet the Mod Squad

TONIGHT! 7pm on Beyond the Forest Radio— all 5 of our 2016 panel discussion moderators talk about their panels at the quickly upcoming Milwaukee Paranormal Conference!
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Much like Voltron or the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the panel hosts will all be assembled to talk Milwaukee Paranormal Conference on Beyond the Forest Radio.

Show host Sanjay Singhal will be at the conference hosting a panel titled “Searching for Wisconsin’s Sasquatch.” His guests include fellow mods:

Tea Krulos, author, Milwaukee Paranormal Conference’s founder and director, and moderator of the “Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends” panel.

Mike Huberty, musician, ghost tour host, co-host of the See You on the Other Side podcast, and moderator of the “Haunted Road Trip” panel.

Allison Jornlin, Milwaukee ghostlore expert, proprietor of Milwaukee Ghosts– Tours and Investigations, and moderator of the “Yow! My Business is Haunted!” panel.

Nick Roesler, author and host of Beyond Deep Black radio on KGRA, moderator of the “Best UFO Reports 2016” panel.

You can tune in at 7pm right here: www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondtheforest
Call in number is 646.787.1796 if you have questions, comments, or encouraging words for us!

Just a day left in our Indiegogo campaign…please help us out by pre-ordering tickets and merch! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

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Guest Speaker: Chase Kloetzke

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Presentation: “Admissible: Is the Burden of Proof Enough?” Sunday, Wisconsin Room

Chase earned her Master Trainer, Master Instructor title while employed with the Department of Defense. Armed with a Bio-mechanical Engineer accreditation, she was responsible for designing specialized programs and the supervision of complete success regarding Force Readiness, unique mission responsibilities and Elite Force Protection. This was achieved by understanding the goals and requirements placed on physical and mental strength assignments that are demanded and expected for today’s Active Duty members and civilian anti-terrorist units. This includes assignments with Homeland Security and Private Sector Security Forces.

Schooled and certified as a Private Investigator, Chase consistently demonstrates the knowledge, technical requirements, legal parameters and the commitment to evidence based investigations using the latest technologies and methodologies deployed by professional Law Enforcement Officials in a modern and forward moving scientific environment.

She joined the Mutual UFO Network in 1996 and was selected as The Star Team Manager and Deputy Director of Investigations through 2011. She was responsible for the program design, protocols and investigation procedures for a national rapid response unit. This included supervision of the most experienced investigators and access to the most sensitive and complex cases reported to MUFON.

In 2015 she accepted the position of Deputy Director of Investigations and Special Case Manager leading a team of high performance and highly skilled investigators to special assignments in MUFON.

Additional MUFON responsibilities include;
  • Deputy Director of Investigations
  • Special Assignment Team Lead
  • National Director of Mexico
  • National Director Cuba
  • Assistant State Director Brazil
  • International CAG
  • MUFON Radio Assistant Producer
Chase is an Author of two popular books; Admissible: The Field Manual for Investigating UFOs, Paranormal Activity, and Strange Creatures (with Richard Dolan) and the first of its kind children’s book, Are Aliens Really Real?. Both can be found on Amazon.com.
As the Fate Magazine Radio Host, Chase features the best of Fate Mag with the true reports of the strange and unknown on the Global Radio Alliance, KGRARADIO.COM.
She also shares the microphone with “The 9”–the hosts of the popular radio talk show, Encounters, that includes, Richard Dolan, Race Hobbs, Micah Hanks, Lee Speigel, John Burroughs, Jill Hansen and Marc D’Antonio and David Mahler.
As a reoccurring guest in the media and a presenter, she is well known for her “Boots on the Ground” dedication to solving mysteries, one case at a time and lively interview exchanges.

2015 Milwaukee Para Con Report

The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference drew a huge crowd and was a fun, successful day. We will be back in 2016!

The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference drew a huge crowd and was a fun, successful day. We will be back in 2016!

By event director Tea Krulos
Photos by Wendy Schreier Photography

Saturday: wow, what a day! You know, when I first thought of the idea I knew we would have a good crowd, but I was like how many people will actually show up…300? 500?

Well, it turns out about 900 showed up. Here is some notes on the day.

THANK YOU

* Let’s start with some thank yous. Our programs got printed over a week before the con, so they were not up to date with last minute changes. Volunteers included members of the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee, Valerie and Stevens Point Paranormal, Kathy, Kimberly, Tammy, Ari, Shane, Tim, Paul, Cat, Margot, Rita, David B, David G, and Jim. Thank you so much for helping and in many cases doing longer shifts than I originally asked for. Allison Jornlin stepped in quickly to fill Ursula Bielski’s spot on my panel after Ursula had to cancel and her brother Mike Huberty (of See You on the Other Side podcast) helped us with some tech troubleshooting. Dan did a fantastic job doing our tech set up for the Paranormal Pub series. The Irish Cultural & Heritage Center were accommodating and helpful and I’m glad to say staff told me they were happy with the way the event went and didn’t have any incidents.

Last, and most important, I need to thank Wendy. She not only was shooting great photos throughout the day (see more of them on our FACEBOOK PAGE) but she helped with a million little details that made things run smooth.

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Our volunteer Cat was dressed for the occasion!

* Thanks also to our speakers: Allison Jornlin, Mark O’Connell, Marc Eaton, Jim Sherman, Nick Roesler, Noah Leigh, J. Nathan Couch, Linda Godfrey, Melissa Tanner, Donald Schmitt (and Damien Jones and Valerie Kedrowski, who were on one of the panels). Everyone took a chance on me here and everyone was great to work with. You helped me make it happen!  There is no one on that list I wouldn’t love to have back next year and I heard positive feedback on the talks throughout the day.

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Mark O’Connell of the Mutual UFO Network gave a talk on UFO encounters in Wisconsin.

We gave one award this year. This was the 2015 Wisconsin Researcher of the Year Award, presented to Linda S. Godfrey in recognition of her documentation and research of paranormal case studies in Wisconsin. You can find a short blog entry on this award here: milwaukeeparacon.com/2015/06/08/2015-wisconsin-researcher-of-the-year-linda-s-godfrey/ .

People lined up to get a tarot card reading from Dark Star Ministry.

People lined up to get a tarot card reading from Dark Star Ministry.

* Our fantastic sponsors this year: 91:7FM, KGRA radio, CultofWeird.com, OnMilwaukee.com, The Rundown Live, Feral House and Process Media, Clark Graphics, Wendy Schreier Photography, Beyer Beware Productions. I also want to thank these businesses for your involvement: UberDork Cafe, People’s Books Co-operative, Stay Rad Screenprinting and all of our wonderful vendors (the list is still up here: milwaukeeparacon.com/activities/).

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Zombie Squad: one of 26 groups and vendors represented on the vendor floor.

*Last, a big thanks to YOU for showing up. Donations streamed in and those helped us immensely with costs like venue rental, paying speakers some travel costs, printing, supplies, etc. We made a little extra and that money is going straight to next year’s event costs. Everyone there was a great audience. I wish I could have met and talked with everyone, but I was on the run all day.

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Conference speaker Allison Jornlin and her brother Mike Huberty of See You on the Other Side podcast pose with an unknown cryptid in the Bigfoot Photo Booth.

T-SHIRTS

I knew our t-shirts were pretty cool, but I didn’t expect then to completely sell out by about 3pm. People were disappointed by this, but I’ve got good news: we’re going to do a reprint. I think we are going to limit it to our popular glow-in-the dark on black shirt. We will take pre-orders online for a couple weeks, then it’ll take a couple weeks to make the shirts. We’ll arrange a pick up date and shipping options. As soon as that pre-order info is available, I will be posting it here on the site.

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Noah Leigh of the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee gave one of three talks (and a panel) on the topics of ghosts and paranormal investigation.

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I want to thank people for being patient. This was our first year event and a learning experience. Overall, I think things went as smoothly as possible. There are things to consider for next year, for sure– the vendor area was too crowded, the speaker timeline was a nail biter of a tight timeline, but I think we made it work ok. As my friend put it, “having a big crowd of people is a good problem to have.” But now we have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t and I want to let you know, I always appreciate your feedback and suggestions: milwaukeeparacon@gmail.com

In the pub we had an issue showing Bradley James Kroll’s clip from his film P.I.M.: A Paranormal Documentary. Here is the YouTube link to that clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvpE6gmqlsw&app=desktop

I’m also hoping Bradley will be able to screen his full doc at next year’s event, and I apologize that it didn’t go according to plan this year.

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J. Nathan Couch’s talk on the strange case of Goatman entranced an audience in the Paranormal Pub series downstairs.

2016: WE NEED YOU AGAIN

It is just a couple days later and I am already so excited for 2016. I have a lot of ideas that I’m thrilled to share with you in the near future. Right now I’ll say that it will happen in October 2016. That is about a year and four months away, but that extra time will be used to a plan a bigger 2 DAY event. We will have all the stuff you loved this year and a whole lot more.

During the summer, I will be brainstorming on the con and what and where it will be, but I will make an announcement on dates a little later in the summer. There will be lots of opportunities next year for volunteers, vendors, sponsors, speakers/ panelists, activity leaders, etc. We will solicit all that as things begin to shape up more.

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Donald Schmitt gave a passionate talk about his long career examining the Roswell UFO crash.

TEA KRULOS @ PEOPLE’S BOOKS JUNE 18

I want to also mention that I will be doing an in-store appearance at People’s Books Cooperative (804 E. Center Street) on Thursday, June 18, 6pm. I’ll be talking about my books, Milwaukee Para Con, ghost stories from my neighborhood (Riverwest), and future projects. People’s Books will have copies of both my books (Heroes in the Night and Monster Hunters) and quite a few titles related to paranormal topics that they tabled with (there’s a couple titles I want to pick up myself!) After my talk, I’m inviting everyone to join me at the Riverwest Public House (a couple blocks away) to have a drink and chat if you are so inclined. It’ll be fun! Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1416946225297364/

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Tea Krulos moderates the “Best Evidence Ever!” panel with ghostlorist Allison Jornlin, Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization field represenative Jim Sherman, and ufologist Nick Roesler.

MORE MEDIA

Here’s a great recap from our friends at Cult of Weird: www.cultofweird.com/paranormal/close-encounters-milwaukee-paranormal-conference/

And a really fun video talking to attendees, vendors, and speakers by our friends at The Rundown Live: therundownlive.com/milwaukee-paranormal-conference-2015-6615/

Our friend Liz of Keysmash blog tweeted out updates from the con and posted a nice recap here: www.keysmashblog.com/milwaukee-paranormal-conference-recap/

See You on the Other Side recorded stories from attendees about their paranormal experiences and they also came up with a hit new song, the “Bigfoot Polka!”: othersidepodcast.com/43-milwaukee-paranormal-conference-2015/

Fun podcast from Blurry Photos about their experience tabling at the con: www.blurryphotos.org/bp-bonus-2015-milwaukee-paracon/

Our Facebook Page: facebook.com/milwaukeeparanormalconference
Our Instagram Page: instagram.com/paracon_mke/

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Thanks again everyone, hope to see you next year!