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Man Shares His Passion For Paranormal

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Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 11:36:54 -0500
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Subject: Man Shares His Passion For Paranormal

Source: The Stamford Advocate - Connecticut, USA


January 14 2007

Man Shares His Passion For Paranormal

By Tim Stelloh
Special Correspondent

WESTPORT - Jon Nowinski's life changed 19 years ago. It was a
fall evening, and he and his sister, Lisa, were in a parking lot
in downtown Greenwich waiting for their mother, Shirley, to
return from an appointment.

Nowinski, who was about 7, peered into the sky and noticed
something strange. A black, triangular object hovered a few
hundred feet above the street. It had three lights and didn't
make a sound as it shuttled past nearby office buildings.

When Nowinski told his parents about what he had seen, they told
him it must have been an airplane. Shortly after, he saw a
newspaper article about the "Hudson Valley Sightings" - a rash
of UFO sightings reported from the early 1980s into the 1990s
along the New York-Connecticut border. The article was
accompanied by a sketch of a black, triangular object.

"When I looked at the sketch I said, 'That's what I saw,'"
Nowinski said last week in his Westport office. "And my family
said, 'OK, other people saw the same thing, so maybe it wasn't
just your imagination.'"

Since then, Nowinski has become passionate about all things
inexplicable. He has spent countless hours at the library, and,
after discovering the Internet, began searching for people who
had similar experiences.

Today, Nowinski remains committed to his pastime. Yesterday, he
celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Smoking Gun Research
Agency - a nonprofit organization that investigates ghosts, UFO
sightings and other inexplicable phenomena.

Nowinski, 26, started the agency when he was 16. His research
had become so overwhelming that he needed to organize and record
his findings. Two friends helped him to organize the material
into case files.

Soon after, he said, a newspaper article about the agency turned
him into a minor celebrity: He began hosting lectures at local
libraries and began receiving requests to investigate eerie
sounds and apparitions that were supposedly haunting area homes.

By 1999, he said, the organization had shifted its focus from
research to field work. He estimated he and his four staff
members have conducted 2,000 investigations. About 500 have
proven fruitful or he and fellow investigators discovered
something they couldn't explain, he said.

The most striking discovery were three "misty objects"
photographed at Fort Stamford, a field on Westover Road that
contained a fort in the late 1700s. He said he sent the images
to a photo lab to see if something was wrong with them - perhaps
they had been overexposed or the misty objects were reflections.
The lab reported that the images were in good shape, he said.

"A lot of people have contacted us and said 'We have something
in our house,'" he said. "We don't claim that we can get rid of
a ghost. But we go in with our equipment and see if anything
shows up. Most of the time that's all people want. They want to
see some validation of what they're feeling."

That "equipment" is housed in several thick, metal briefcases in
a back room of Nowinski's office. He has digital cameras and
night vision goggles; tape recorders and flashlights; heat
sensors and video cameras. Nowinski estimates he has spent about
$1,500 on gadgets over the years.

Because he doesn't charge for investigations, much of this
equipment is paid for out of pocket. He receives donations, he
said, and distributes a newsletter to about 500 subscribers.

The agency's workload has increased in the last couple of years,
Nowinski said. And his co-investigators don't seem disenchanted
by the lack of funds.

"The SGRA as an organization is terribly important to me," said
Nick Roesler, 26, a clerical worker with the Wisconsin
Department of Corrections who works with the agency by e-mail
and telephone.

"If you have a (paranormal) experience, it goes from an interest
to a passion to an obsession. It defines you."

Copyright 2007, Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc.

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