MARQUETTE - The NMU Paranormal Research Team will be hosting Steve Gonsalves from The Atlantic Paranormal Society for a question and answer session from 8-9 p.m. Wednesday in Jamrich 102 on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
"We were originally aiming for josh Gates from Destination Truth, but then the manager was like well we also have this guy (Steve Gonsalves) and I said 'That's great,'" NMU Paranormal Research Team president Shannon Wedell said.
TAPS is a group of paranormal researchers that goes in search of unexplained disturbances in order to understand the paranormal. The group has their own show on the SYFY channel called Ghost Hunters. The show sends them to different locations around the U.S. to help clients who believe their residence or place of business is haunted.
Gonsalves is the TAPS technology manager and evidence analyst. It is his responsibility to train all TAPS members on how to use and maintain the team's equipment. He also oversees all the members of the TAPS tech team.
This includes investigators, technical advisors and investigators in training. Gonsalves has been a public speaker and educator about paranormal phenomena for more than 10 years. He is also the co-founder of the TAPS publication, Paramagazine.
"We are bringing him up here to help enlighten NMU and the surrounding community about the paranormal because there are a lot of misconceptions with the media," Wedell said. "We are hoping to enlighten people that there are different points of view, there is the scientific view, the spiritual view."
Audience members can ask questions about his personal life, TAPS, Ghost Hunters or any of the technology he utilizes to investigate the paranormal.
NMU students can get into the event for free, but community members must pay $5. There are only 150 seats available to community members so tickets must be reserved. To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sylvia Stevens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.