IMAGINNEER & PRODUCER
Doug has been 'at it' since age 10, from front yard sheet ghosts through designing haunts and effects at churches, high school, college, and for the Jaycees in the early 1980's. During the Jaycee haunt phase, he developed what became the Flying Crank Ghost. By the 90's it went public domain on the Halloween-L mailing list in the pre-internet days. By the mid 90's, phantasmechanics.com was born, and he began making and selling FCG kits to order. The haunting went on behind the scenes and other inventions followed. In 1988, he went to work for one of the largest seasonal haunts in America, The House of Shock. In 2001-2001 he designed and co-built a permanent dark ride from scratch, including 7 custom 4-seat cars. This was the first volunteer built professional dark ride ever completed. Currently, Doug is imagineering using CGI video techniques on Second Life, the 3-D social media service.
In Memoriam: Scott Colberg
In summer of 2017, I received e-mail from a friend I did not know I had - Scott. He informed me that his haunter convention, Halloween & Hauntfest, had been inspired by his experience reading articles here on Phantasmechanics.com. He asked me if I would come to the convention that August and offer a lecture on Halloween Imagineering. I eagerly agreed, and did so - and ended up meeting some of you in the process. The next year, right before I was to appear at the 2018 convention, Scott suddenly passed away without warning. I was looking forward to getting closer as a friend, but alas it was not to be. I will miss him, as will a lot of you. Rest in peace, my friend, and I hope to see you on the flip side!