Back to the Otesaga

I’m back at the beautiful Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y., for another TAPS-related ghosthunting event, this time around with Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Britt Griffith, Stacey Jones, and Aaron Sagers (yep, this is another birthday present for my sister, the avid-Ghost Hunters fan). We had a couple of early disappointments (Chip Coffey cancelled, and Jason Hawes is not here due to a family emergency), but I came to relax and enjoy this 5-star hotel, so I’m having a great time.

Am in Aaron Sagers’ “Paranormal Pop Culture” talk right now, and (not surprisingly) it’s an interesting, well-researched, and well-informed presentation. Aaron is an entertainment journalist based in Manhattan, as well as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he teaches journalism and writing. He’s written for the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, and Playboy, as well as having contributed to reference guides by ABC-CLIO and H.W. Wilson. He writes extensively about pop culture and is an expert especially in paranormal pop culture (see my review of the TAPS paraMag in the MFL Update). He founded the site,, “explaining the entertainment of the unexplained.” It’s a useful site that examines the paranormal as it’s depicted in movies, TV, gaming, comics, books, and lifestyle (this last features, among other material, “Ask Dr. Spectre: Health tips for paranormal hunters”). Do check it out, as I suspect it’s going to be a good resource for reference librarians to use in helping paranormal researchers find information.

Aaron’s going through the history of paranormal pop culture right now and I want to pay more attention, so…
more as it happens.


Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.


  1. Aaron Sagers says:

    Thanks for attending me talk, Cheryl. I’m pleased you enjoyed it and thank you for recognizing the research put into it. I look forward to seeing you again in the future!