Please join us at CooperCon 2019 and hear experts discuss all aspects of America's only unsolved skyjacking. There will also be ample opportunity for audience questions and discussion. Moreover, a special emphasis is being placed upon creating social events this year for people to get-together and have fun over food and drinks.
See a real Cooper $20 bill from the ransom money found, a parachute just like the one Cooper used, a tie clip just like the one Cooper left behind on the jet, and much more.
Authors will be on-hand to autograph copies of their books.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON AND WILL BE LIMITED
PARKING IS FREE!
ADDITIONAL DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED SOON
SPEAKER & PARTICIPANT BIOS
Bio coming soon!
Vern is a multi-business entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling and bringing truth to light. A student of the sciences, he has since become an author, publisher, and speaker, not to mention golfer, hiker, scuba diver, water skier, and proud owner of the Portuguese Water Dog named DB Cooper. Vern lives with his wife Irene in Michigan.
TOM KAYE (Video Presentation from CooperCon 2018)
Tom is the Principal Investigator for the Cooper Research Team which was granted unprecedented access to the FBI's NORJAK files for investigative purposes. His main scientific interest is spectroscopy which branches out into the fields of paleontology and astrophysics. In paleontology, he leads yearly expeditions for the Burke Museum to recover dinosaur bones. He is directly involved in the controversy over the detection of preserved blood cells and blood vessels in T. rex bones where his work points to a bacterial source. In astrophysics he leads a team of astronomers that are trying to discover an extrasolar planet using spectroscopy to detect the stars wobble. Recently he has been working on analysis of grave goods from the 8,000-year-old Gobero site in Africa as well as the Chinese Feathered Dinosaurs. Tom resides in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Mark Metzler is an active skydiver with over 50 years of parachuting experience. He holds a USPA class D (Expert) parachutist license which required both night and water jumps. Mark also has extensive experience jumping military surplus parachute gear similar to the type DB Cooper used. In 2006 Mark jumped from the rear airstair door of a DC 9 passenger jet flying unpressurized at 14,500 feet. Mark's diverse career path includes skippering commercial fishing vessels and practicing as a criminal defense attorney. He earned a BSEE degree from UC Berkeley and has designed patented electronic circuits for implantable medical devices. Mark is an aviation history buff who finds air mysteries such as Amelia Earhart's disappearance and DB Cooper's case absolutely fascinating.
Bio coming soon!
BRUCE A. SMITH
Bruce A. Smith is an investigative journalist and the author of DB Cooper and the FBI - A Case Study of America's Only Unsolved Skyjacking. He writes extensively about Norjak at his online news magazine, The Mountain News-WA, and has consulted or appeared on numerous podcasts and documentaries on DB Cooper, most notably the History Channel's "Case Closed?" in 2016, and the Travel Channel's "Expedition Unknown" episode in 2017 on the money find at Tina Bar.
Eric is the author of GHOST: Unraveling The Enigma of DB Cooper. In 2019 his research enabled him to re-identify the 1980 money find spot on Tena Bar. Eric was a commentator and producer on the TV show High Stakes Hold'em which aired nationally on Comcast SportsNet. In addition to the Cooper mystery, Eric is a fan of politics, sports, a good drink and a good cigar. After putting college on hold for “far too long,” Eric matriculated at the Extension School at Harvard University. Eric resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
THOMAS COLBERT has also stated he has the date marked on his calendar to attend, however, cannot fully commit to attending at this time.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019
START-OF-CONFERENCE SOCIAL :: DETAILS TBA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM :: INTRODUCTION | ERIC ULIS
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM :: PUBLIC FASCINATION WITH THE CASE | DARREN SCHAEFER
10:55 AM - 11:25 AM :: PARACHUTES & JUMP | MARK METZLER
11:25 PM -12:25 PM :: LUNCH BREAK
12:30 AM - 1:10 PM :: TIE & TIE PARTICLES (2018 REPLAY) | TOM KAYE
1:15 PM - 1:55 PM :: DB COOPER JEOPARDY GAME W/ 3 CONTESTANTS FROM AUDIENCE
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM :: CONSPIRACIES | BRUCE SMITH
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM :: BREAK
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM :: PANEL DISCUSSION W/ LOCALS ABOUT THAT DAY IN 1971
4:20 PM - 5:10 PM :: PANEL DISCUSSION WITH EXPERTS & AUDIENCE
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM :: GIVE-AWAYS & CLOSING
DB COOPER MOVIE @ KIGGINS THEATRE :: DETAILS TBA
END-OF-DAY SOCIAL :: DETAILS TBA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019
BOAT TOUR TO TENA BAR :: DETAILS TBA
DB COOPER ESCAPE ROOM :: DETAILS TBA
END-OF-CONFERENCE SOCIAL :: DETAILS TBA