Grant Wilson Leaving ‘Ghost Hunters’

Grant Wilson, a co-lead investigator of SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” and co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), is leaving the reality series.  He announced his departure on the Ghost Hunters episode aired on February 15.

“It is with mixed emotion that I am announcing my departure from the cast of ‘Ghost Hunters,'” Wilson said in a statement. “While paranormal investigating has always been and will remain a passion for me, after enjoying nearly eight successful seasons on television, I have made the decision to leave the series in order to focus on other aspects of my personal life.”

“When Grant and I founded TAPS nearly 20 years ago, we never imagined that we would be able to make such an impact just by doing what we enjoy every day,” said Jason Hawes, TAPS co-founder and “Ghost Hunters” co-lead investigator. “I will miss working with Grant on a daily basis, and am indebted to the level of dedication and expertise he has brought to our field. I can’t imagine having a better partner through it all — both on the show and off. Grant and I, along with our spouses and children, are all like one big family. While I fully support his decision to move on from the series, this longtime friendship — as well as our business partnership — will continue off-camera for years to come.”

Grant and Jason offered unparalleled experience and unbiased analysis of paranormal investigation.  Grant said he will still be a part of several more upcoming investigations.

Mark Stern, SyFy President of original content, supported and respected Wilson’s decision, and said that the show would “find a way to reshape itself as it moves forward.”

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Dr Zahi Hawass no longer Egypt’s “Indiana Jones”

Modern-day Indiana Jones

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Modern-day Indiana Jones.

Okay, so this one blog is not a tech blog, but I just had to put it out there.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Minister of State of Antiquities, was swept aside in a cabinet reshuffle after the ousting of Egypt’s former President Mubarak.  Dr. Hawass is the face of ancient Egypt, and often recognized by his Indiana Jones-style hat.  He doesn’t just wear it for vanity (or maybe he does), he goes out and gets down and dirty in the discovery sites.

Hawass has frequently appeared on international television, often times covered in dust at the site of a dig, while he explained one of the latest discovery of Egypt’s innumerable ancient ruins.

Hawass became a celebrity abroad with his documentary appearances (Chasing Mummies), describing finds from various pharaonic dynasties or campaigning for the return of treasures he said had been smuggled overseas.  However, his dictatorial way of directing and managing archaeological dig sites have been compared to Mubarak’s way of running the country.

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