Category Archives: Jack Roth

Anniversary special — ‘extraordinary: the stan romanek story’ VOD 50% off

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Anniversay special: Watch “extraordinary: the stan romanek story” VOD for $2.99!

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since altPOV.tv launched. For Richie, Patrick and me, the week leading up to the launch — and especially the 48 hours before — will be something we won’t forget soon due to technical challenges and Patrick’s missing time experience. But we survived, and finally had a chance to share the award-winning documentary film extraordinary: the stan romanek story with a global audience.

In the year since the launch, we have added 1,700 members and have received more than 102,000 page views on our site. Jack Roth has conducted 24 podcasts that have been viewed more than 8,000 times. Not bad. But we want the site to have an even greater reach, and we will continue to develop additional content. More on that later. But first:

To celebrate our one-year anniversary, you can watch the VOD of extraordinary for $2.99 — 50% off the regular $5.99 price. The discount is available through Tuesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. EDT. The VOD will be available for 48 hours from the time you purchase.

Back to the additional content. Our goal from the outset was to provide a variety of alternative point of view content above and beyond the extraordinary: the stan romanek story documentary. The podcasts, blog content and social media content have been relatively easy to keep up with — assuming our full-time jobs allow. The challenge has been to edit and present some of the content that we promised at the outset, including additional footage from the interviews conducted for the documentary. Time and money are always a factor for independent projects, and we are considering a few crowd-sourcing options that may help us create a pathway to more content. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

Finally, we’re wondering what you would like to see on the site in addition to the content we’re already providing. Politics? Religion? Conspiracy theories? Let us know in the comments area what you’d like to see more of.

For those of you who have stuck around for the past year, we thank you for your continued support via comments, emails and social media engagement. It is much appreciated.

Here’s to the next 365 days!

 

altPOV.radio podcast #16 – Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg

Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg
Notice the Union soldiers at the bottom right corner of the Triangular Field. The problem is that nobody was in the field when this photo was taken!

What do Spangler’s Spring, the Wheatfield, Little Round Top,  Pickett’s Charge and  the Triangular Field all have in common?

They are all extremely haunted “hot spots” on the Gettysburg battlefield!

Tune into alPOV.radio podcast #16 as journalist and author Jack Roth talks about his research on the Gettysburg battlefield and why this hallowed ground is not only where the most significant battle of the Civil War was fought, but also a place where ghostly phenomena occurs on a regular basis. Jack talks about his Top Five Most Active Spots on the Gettysburg battlefield and describes amazing paranormal experiences associated with each one.

51cFLmjjdYLIf you’re fascinated by the Civil War, the battles that defined it, and the paranormal activity that was born out of its brutal carnage, you don’t want to miss this podcast, and you might want to pre-order your copy of Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg now. Available this October from Llewellyn Worldwide Publishers, Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg is a culmination of close to a decade of research performed by Jack Roth and co-author Patrick Burke on and around this famous battlefield. Just click on the image to the right to order your copy.

altPOV.radio silent on Labor Day Weekend … loud in this post!

Labor Day WeekendThere will be no podcast this week as the crew from altPOV.radio celebrates Labor Day Weekend. I'll be back with another guest next week, however, so stay tuned for updates.

The celebration of Labor Day Weekend, or more specifically "labor," has changed in recent decades. The laborer, or worker, in this country has always needed protection from abuses in the workplace. Whether in sweat factories at the turn of the 20th century, in the migrant worker fields in the 1960s, or in corporate offices today, employers continue to maximize production at the expense of the physical and emotional well-being of their employees.

Granted, there are companies out there that treat and pay employees well, but most companies in this country operate under the notion of profit motive above all else. In their purest forms, there's nothing wrong with capitalism or profit motive as long as a system of checks and balances is firmly in place to protect both individuals and the greater good of society. After all, capitalism is based on the principle of individual rights. Unfortunately, in today's "lobbyist-centric" America we are dealing with increased corruption and runaway greed in almost every facet of our capitalist system. Tom Scholz, inventor and philanthropist, said it best: "Turning corporations loose and letting the profit motive run amok is not a prescription for a more livable world."

In fact, serious shenanigans by bankers, politicians, hedge fund managers/financial brokers and the leaders of multi-national corporations has practically decimated the middle class in the United States and brought the entire country to its proverbial financial knees. And with the exception of a few politicians (Elizabeth Warren) and well-intentioned watchdog groups, nothing is being done to stop this bad behavior. The large majority of politicians would rather consent to lobbyists and other major campaign contributors than actually help the constituents they represent. The rest of us … well … we are so preoccupied with our day-to-day struggles (much of it brought about by the serious shenanigans mentioned above) that we don't have the time to change the way things are. And after all, isn't numbing our brains watching Duck Dynasty or another "Hillbilly Television" show less painful than dealing with the ugly reality of the world we live in?

At altPOV.tv, our goal is to present alternative points of view, whether political, paranormal or otherwise, and as we move forward with the podcast and other content on our site, we will attempt to provide you with more guests and material that encourage you to think and ask questions like, "What if this is true?" or "Are we still the great nation we used to be?" or, even more importantly, "What can I do to make things better, because this really sucks?"

So, as you eat your hot dog, drink a beer or two and converse with friends this holiday weekend, think about what Labor Day means, and specifically think about how we, as a country, have failed laborers, and therefore ourselves, by letting corporate greed and profit motive trump human dignity and the health of our planet.

Happy Labor Day!

Gettysburg’s Ghosts

Devil's Den Ghost C_UFrom a paranormal standpoint, the Gettysburg battlefield is one of the most interesting places on Earth. Why? Because over the course of three days of fighting in July 1863, there were more than 51,000 human casualties of war. It represents not only the defining battle of the Civil War, but the bloodiest battle ever fought on U.S. soil. As a result of all the intense emotional energy generated from the battle, its "ghostly echoes" can still be seen, heard and felt by visitors today. In Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg, being released this October by Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing, we documented more than a decade of field research conducted on this hallowed ground. This photograph was taken in a wooded area behind Devil's Den. Notice the white apparitional form that was captured in the background middle of the frame (click on image to enlarge). It appears to be a "person" walking from right to left and carrying some sort of satchel. Using historic records, we found that, during lulls in the fighting, stewards (or nurses) from medical corps walked the fields with satchels looking for wounded soldiers. Civil War medical satchels would have included bandages, straps, chlorophorm, morphine and calomel (a mercury-based compound used for constipation as well as diarrhea and dysentery). This is one of the many compelling paranormal photographs taken during our investigations of the Gettysburg battlefield. We will be sharing more paranormal photos from Gettysburg and excerpts from the book leading up to its October release. Pre-order the book by clicking here.

altPOV.radio Broadcast #11 with Jack Roth is live!

In this special edition of altPOV.radio, regular host Jack Roth sits in the interviewee chair and shares how his journey was altered by two incredible images he captured at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, during a Memorial Day weekend trip in 1995.

Jon Sumple takes over the interviewer role for this broadcast and encourages Jack to share his childhood fascination with the unknown — which includes an interesting discussion on why '70s TV shows may have contributed to a generation of open-minded ideas surrounding the unknown. Jack shares how the images he captured at the Myrtles led him to the world of paranormal investigations and the fascinating experiences he's had over the past 20 years, including numerous investigations on the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — which led to Jack co-authoring the book "Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg," available this fall from Llewellyn Publishing. Click here to pre-order the book.

Click here to see the Myrtles images. And if you want to see the TV show Jack mentions that he watched as a kid, click here. Back in the day, this was high-tech TV!

 

altPOV.radio broadcast #11: Jon Sumple interviews Jack Roth

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In this special broadcast of altPOV.radio, Jack Roth sits in the interviewee seat and Jon Sumple puts on the host hat to take listeners on a journey through Jack's past, where we learn how and when Jack became fascinated by the mysterious and unknown. (Hint: the original Star Trek television show had something to do with it.)

But a weekend trip to New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend in 1995 sparked a journey of discovery that continues today. After enjoying the Big Easy for a few days, Jack and friends spent a night at the Myrtles Plantation Bed and Breakfast in St. Francisville, Louisiana — a destination Jack was curious about because of its haunted heritage. During the interview, Jack tells the story of his experience — which resulted in the two fascinating images shown above — and why the Myrtles had such a profound impact on his future.

Thanks to those images, as well as a spooky EVP captured at a subsequent Myrtles trip, the past 20 years have included numerous paranormal investigations and excrusions throughout the Southeast and Gettysburg, PA, a hallowed destination that has delivered experience after experience and led to the book "Ghost Soldiers of Gettysburg," which is co-authored by Jack and will be released this fall through Llewellyn Publishing. You can preorder the book here

After listening to this broadcast, it will be perfectly clear why Jack Roth's journey led him to create "extraordinary: the stan romanek story" with his j3FILMS partners and why he's the perfect host for altPOV.radio on altPOV.tv