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Rick McCallum has been a stuntman and stunt coordinator for over 25 years. He has played Darkwolf in the movie of the same name, as well as the monster in Deep Star Six.
Rick has been a stunt double for Chris Noth, Greg Evigan, Daniel Baldwin, Patrick Warburton, Oliver Platt, Barry Bostwick and many others. Rick and Kane Hodder are the founders of Hollywood Ghost Hunters.
My name is Rick McCallum, and I have been a professional stuntman for over 25 years, and have been ghost hunting for about the same time.
I have tried hunting with several different people, and all of them either didn’t take it seriously, or they would be way too timid. You know the type, a little crouched over, walking like they have sore feet, ready to run at the first sign of a ghost.
I had just about given up hope until I was working on a movie at the Mansfield Prison in Ohio. It’s the prison they used in The Shawshank Redemption, and it has a long history of being haunted.
One night at about 3:00 in the morning, I was walking back from the farthest part of the prison with Kane Hodder, ( Jason Voorhies, Friday the 13th) ,who was one of the stars of the movie, and also the stunt coordinator, and was the reason I was working on the movie.
As we walked through the cell block, the only light coming in was through the windows, making it about as scary of a location as you could find, when a dark, man shaped shadow moved out in front of us at the far end of the cellblock about 50 yards away.
I turned to ask Kane if he saw the shadow man, and damned if he wasn’t gone! I’m thinking to myself “great, even the big scary Jason dude is afraid of ghosts”, so I turned back toward the shadowy figure, and what do I see? All 6’4, 235 pounds of Kane running at a full sprint TOWARDS the figure, which has now started to turn the corner of the cellblock.
I knew I couldn’t catch up to him as he was almost to the corner, so I turned and ran around the corner behind me, and was running full speed down the opposite side of the cellblock. I could barely make out a figure flying towards me, but as it got closer I could see it was Kane! We both stopped running when we met in the middle of the cellblock. “Son of a bitch! Where the hell did he go?” was all Kane said. “He didn’t pass me.” I replied.
I knew right then I had finally found someone who was aggressive, and really into ghost hunting. I wondered if this was a one shot deal because we had stumbled onto the shadow figure, or was Kane REALLY into ghost hunting?
“Tomorrow night we come back and really hunt for that bastard.” he said…And I said “ I’m in!” So for the next several days we went through that prison cell by cell.
Did we find anything? Oh yeah, but that’s another story. What happened that first night at Mansfield Prison would be the beginning of the Hollywood Ghost Hunters.
Join The Midnight Ocean as we talk with Brook Agnew about Hollow Earth and his new series of books.
Brooks Agnew grew up in Pasadena, California hanging around JPL and Cal Tech. He
entered the Air Force in 1973, where he graduated top in his class in electronics
engineering. He received his bachelor’s in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological
University with honors. He is a multi-patented engineer in energy, technology, and
chemistry. He is a Certified Quality Engineer, a SixSigma Master Black Belt, and a
member of the Society of Automotive Engineering. He is also a 7-time Amazon best-
selling author and a world-renowned lecturer.
He is currently the CEO of an independent electric vehicle manufacturer in North
Carolina and the host of X-Squared Radio for more than 12 years and now appearing
each Sunday evening at 8PM ET on the Truth Frequency Radio Network.
Join The Midnight Ocean as we talk with space historian and science journalist Robert Zimmerman.
I have not only been fortunate to write about some of the most exciting moments in space history, I have also had the great and grand fortune to actually go where no one has gone before.
When I was college (around 1974) I stayed up late one night to watch the movie Citizen Kane. When the movie was over I was left breathless with wonder at its clarity of vision. Hungry to see more movies like this, I scanned the television dial and stumbled upon the opening shots of the classic and equally great MGM film, Grand Hotel.
For the next twenty years I dedicated myself to making movies, hoping to create films as entertaining and as meaningful.
Instead, I ended up making a large number of very bad low budget horror films in the New York City area. Sometimes I was the key grip. Sometimes I was the production manager. In later years I wrote screenplays and helped produce several films.
Most of these movies were mindless, mediocre, and completely forgettable. By the mid-nineties I had had enough, and decided to change careers.
During these same years I was also cultivating other interests, almost all of which had to do with the human instinct for exploration. I got a master’s degree, studying early America colonial history because I was curious to learn how the most successful pioneer societies organized themselves. I followed the space program from childhood because I saw it as the future of the human race. (I also thought it was exciting and fun!)
And I got involved in cave exploration, because I simply didn’t have the math skills necessary to make it as a NASA astronaut but still had the desire to explore unknown territory. And from what I could learn, caving was the one physical activity in which it was still possible for ordinary people to go where no one has gone before.
Robert Zimmerman in a Cave
photo by Jim Gildea
Since my first wild cave trip in 1984, I have explored hundreds of caves in the United States, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Ukraine. I have been involved in a number of projects, pushing and surveying virgin cave passages, walking in places previously untouched by human hands. I have even become a cartographer, drawing the maps of the caves I have helped discover and survey.
Once, I was even trapped inside a cave for 10 hours because of a flood.
Even as I was having all these cool adventures, in 1996 I began the slow transition from movie-maker to full time non-fiction science writer. I had decided that — instead of making dismal, violent movies that said nothing positive about human nature — I would focus on telling the exciting stories of scientists, engineers, and astronauts in their never-ending efforts to push the limits of human experience, either as researchers trying to solve the mysteries of nature or as explorers trying to push the unknown.
Today, I have no regrets, having written four inspiring histories about the first forty years of space exploration as well as more than a hundred magazine and newspaper articles about the adventure of science and astronomy. (Even more important, the career change brought me to the Washington, D.C. area, where I was fortunate to meet my wife Diane, who makes everything I do worthwhile. At the same time I also became Bob KB3IWD, gettting my ham radio technician’s license.)
In the next two decades, the human race will begin the actual exploration and settlement of the solar system. I am honored to be able to tell that story, especially because the words I am writing are describing the founding heritage of all future generations — generations who will look back at Earth and see it only as the Old World.
Robert Zimmerman can be reached zimmerman at nasw.org