Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 21st, 2006
Looking ahead to next Wednesday’s "Mothman" episode of "Sci-Fi Investigates," here is today’s guest blog from John Frick, one of the cofounders of the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. It has little to do with cryptozoology, but much to do with how this television program approached the subject.
John Frick writes:
On October 25, at 10 PM Eastern is the debut of the Mothman episode of "Sci-Fi Investigates" on the Sci-Fi channel. One of the principal investigators on the show is Boston Rob from "Survivor" fame, and he represents the critic. My brother, Tim, and I, once again played the MIB – Men-In-Black – (we played MIB for the Travel Channel as well). We also flew our life sized Mothman for this show’s Mothman special effects.
It was a ton of fun working with the Sci-Fi crew, and meeting the four on-screen investigators, who are all really nice and enjoyable people. Their crime scene investigator, Debbie is very sweet, and one of the high points was when we met her and the others from the crew. They introduced themselves, and when she introduced herself she said "I’m not famous," and my brother said "you will be." Afterwards, Bill Doleman did some great Bigfoot cries, and I got to talk to Rich Dolan about UFOs.
Another highlight was meeting and watching Boston Rob in action. Being a "Survivor" watcher myself I expected Rob to probably be cocky and conceited. I was wrong. As it turns out he is a little cocky, but one heck of a nice guy, and very down to Earth. We sat in the lobby of the hotel and talked with him and some of the other crew for a good while and it was very cool. The absolute highlight of the trip though was being witness to Boston Rob having a near breakdown over the haunted Lowe Hotel freaking him out. Rob got into Point Pleasant very late the night before, and when he was on the 2nd floor looking down at the 2nd floor mezonine he saw a lady in a pink gown dancing around. He went and got one of the producers that was still up, but the lady was gone. He thought it was odd but didn’t think much of it ’til the next day when ghost hunter, Robin Bellamy, informed him that ghosts can look like physical people. This really started to freak Rob out. Some time during the day Rob found stuff was moved around in his hotel room (the door had been locked), and the owner of the hotel denied having anything to do with it.
The final straw came after the crew went around to different haunted rooms in the hotel and shot some scenes. When they were done shooting one of the lady producers saw something out of the corner of her eye and she freaked out, which sent Boston Rob over the edge. I heard him run past my hotel room shouting "no way," or something to that effect, over and over again. At the time I was thinking it must be part of the show but I later found that the beginning of the outburst wasn’t filmed. I am not sure how much of this they did catch on film or if they are going to use it on the final show but it was something to witness. Rob was a warrior on "Survivor" and here he was terrified.
I talked to Rob a few minutes later and he was excited and scared. He then tried to get the main producer to let him stay across the river at another hotel but he talked him out of leaving. It’s funny, at one point Rob said to me "don’t write about this," then he paused for a second and said, "yeah you can write about this." It’s really too good not to write about so I’m glad he rescinded that statement.
Later Rob told me that Mothman is crap but that he feels there is something in that hotel. This is coming from a skeptic (Rob, not me). Anyway, Boston Rob almost didn’t survive the Lowe Hotel.
At top: Artist John Frick of Cumberland, Maryland, stands under his creation, a Mothman replica that hangs from the ceiling of the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
"Sci-Fi Investigates" will air their "Mothman" episode on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. Check your local listings.
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L to R: Rob Mariano, Dr. Bill Doleman