On this show we will be talking to Andri Goncarovs (pronounced Andre Gon char offs). Andri is local to the Ithaca area and runs The Ithaca Antique Center. He has had a series of unusual experiences in The Antique Center. He will be sharing his experiences with us.
Brief Background from Andri – My Paranormal Beginnings.
I was born and raised in the Finger Lakes. As a young teen I became interest in anything “paranormal”, that is, anything from UFOs, aliens, to unexplained mysteries, “ghosts” and spiritual phenomena. . I read Eric Von Daniken’s books and saw his movie Chariots of the Gods. That was the kick start for my lifelong interest in the topic. Not unlike our radio host I also grew up interested in Archaeology and wanted to visit the plains of Nazca, Machu Pichu and similar locations of “advanced civilizations”. My older brother was an early influence on me. He was interested in Native American North American mysteries. He was fascinated by the mini pyramids found in the lake bottoms in Wisconsin. He also studied the earthen mound snake designs in Ohio and Missouri. My Mother was a night nurse and always had tales of strange happening at the hospital where she worked.
I studied and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial Labor Relations. I had the great fortune to have access to a large paranormal research library located at the Olin graduate Library. In the 1990’s I traveled to the Soviet Union and The Baltics and visited WWII battle grounds and cemeteries. I joined a business consultancy in 1994 and authored numerous studies on business development, acquisition and organizational behavior. I have visited many factories new and old. I Joined the Ithaca Antique Center in 2007 and now am co-owner.
I grew up considering paranormal experiences as “normal”. We discussed stories in the family and among friends. We trekked to our town library and devoured anything on the topic. My group of friends looked for books, magazines, articles explaining what ghosts and disembodied spirits really are. The Librarian there was keen on assisting us in the search for new material concerning anything mysterious and explanations. .. As teen agers we would go and hang out at one of the areas oldest cemeteries usually at night… waiting for anything to happen. We knew of and visited every abandoned and “haunted” house in Seneca Falls. Most of our experiences were subtle but not very exciting.
I am not a skeptic. I have had many unexplainable experiences and coincidences. Although I do believe that many paranormal experiences reported by individuals are machinations or production of one’s own brain and psyche. I think I have fallen in to my own machinations from time to time. I also think that the power of suggestion, and linguistic programming can produce feelings around events and memories that are labeled as “paranormal.”. That said I cannot offer logical reasons to many events that I personally experienced. And therefore remain unexplained…
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