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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
JE: Well Golly Bob Howdy! My Name is Jamol Eli (AKA) GreenHorn #1.

MW: How did you get cast for Ghost Mine on SyFy?
JE: Well in 2012 it just kind of fell in my lap. I met a friend of a friend and they needed a jack of all traits, They asked if I wanted to try out. I said heck yes, I was nervous to leave my family but it was worth it. I actually had been putting together a treasure show since 2001 when I worked at the Navy Base in Lemoore, CA as a MWR Shop Supervisor and trip coordinator. You get to use all kinds cool GPS and satellite thing a majigs in the Navy!

MW: Had you already worked in a mine before?
JE: Ha I couldn’t mine my way out of a snowman’s butt with a blow torch so No! By jack of all traits I mean…cook, mechanic, carpenter.

MW: What was your favorite mine to work at? And why?
JE: well there only be one for me…and that be the Ghostmine arrrhhgg! For the simple fact I met a heck of a lot of cool down to earth people. That goes for the Miners the production crew and the Townsfolk.

MW: What is the craziest thing you ever saw during the production of Ghost Mine?
JE: Duck Naked.

MW: Were you a non believer of the paranormal before you went into the show?
JE: No sir I have had things happen to me that are unexplainable and I have always been in touch with the grey line of life. I see life as a yin yang and I am the line in the middle.

MW: Do you believe in the paranormal now?
JE: Oh sure, but I also am a man of faith. Most people would say that’s a contradiction but what is a spirit but a soul who is afraid of judgment or hhhmm on the lamb. Ha Ha a soul on the lamb.

MW: What would you say to the people who watched Ghost Mine that says the show is fake?
JE: Well I would have to say its easy to sit in the comfort of your own home or office and make yourself try and understand the unexplainable, but most people who do that are afraid of something. Now sure some things can seem enhanced when you have loud music playing during a clip… it adds maybe more excitement then even you remember, but I think in all the production team made one heck of a series!

MW: What happened that there is not going to be a third season?
JE: Ha Ha Ha Ha well you are the first to ask so I suppose I can open up the can a bit… I truly believe that there were some things a (certain person) did off camera that upset a lot of people and cost the companies way to much money. Not to mention the false insurance claims and bad mouthing of the cast. You know this person would lie to people and try and manipulate others as best they could. I mean no one was safe. Towns people, Production People, Miners.. Ha Ha you name it. This person created so much drama off camera and cost everyone so much time and money that I wouldn’t be surprised if they are just waiting for that person to blow far away in the wind before even attempting a new season.

MW: Are you upset there will be no third season of Ghost Mine?
JE: Well sure, I had a blast and lived a lot of men’s dream. I got paid to blow stuff up, get dirty and go for the Gold and not to mention I met a ton of really cool people.

MW: How can fans reach out to you?
JE: Come on down to Oregon and I will share a pint with you… Or you can find me on Facebook and twitter.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamolEliGhostmine Twitter: @Jamoleli

MW: What do you do in your spare time?
JE: I like to fish, camp, cook, write, play guitar and build stuff. But mostly hang with my kiddos.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
JE: I would like to thank the people that did such an amazing job putting up with us. The people of Sumpter Oregon, Baker Oregon as well as the production staff at 51 minds. Also the SyFy (Imagine Greater) co. they made it the best couple of months a guy could have wanted (and paid my Rent). Last I would like to thank The miners themselves.

Papa Smurf Who kept me grounded and out of trouble as best he could, even when I was being a bit of a rebel. Love ya Stan.

Eddie for teaching me some great skills and accepting me for who I am Not what I know. Wait that sounds weird. LOL

Dingus for showing me a man the size of a Mack truck can be compassionate and have dreams just like the rest of us. Big guys are cool!

Bucket : LOL He didn’t teach me anything because I couldn’t understand a word he said. Ha Ha Ha Ha. Just kidding I understood everything he said. Bucket is an original and everyone knows it. He taught me a lot and made it a fun time when time seemed to stand still.

Dick and Duck, (Aka greybeard) You both gave me a look in what it meant to care about the ground you were looking at, how it flowed and felt. and where it was going. I had a blast kickin’ it old school. Love you guys.

To the wives I adore you all and thanks for keeping the boys in line because you are the only ones who could on this planet!

This thank you goes to all the Miners for keeping me safe in the deep dark ground were death may be around the corner if you are there with someone you don’t trust and I honestly trust you all…

Patrick and Kristen, You did such a great job explaining things and helping everyone open there eyes to the possibilities of the unknown. Very classy indeed.

And Jaybird…. My brother from another. I had a blast and I know you did to. Here’s to a rockin 2014 buddy. It was Rad!

Last I would like to thank my wife and kids for letting me yet again do something crazy! It was hard but with your love I can do anything!

To the fans I thank you as well for all the support.

See you on the flip side !

Jamol Eli / Ghost Mine

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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
PS: Hello everyone my Name is Stan Griffith aka Papa Smurf from Ghost Mine.

MW: How did you get cast for Ghost Mine on SyFy?
PS: I was contacted by the producers and asked if I would be interested in doing the show. I had never done anything like that before and said, yes I would give it a try.

MW: Had you already worked in a mine before?
PS: I have been in the mining trade for 45 years and done quite a bit of mining in new mines and old mines.

MW: What was your favorite mine to work at? And why?
PS: I can’t really say I had a favorite mine that I worked as all of them where exciting to hire on and work at first until another was available to go to. My first love in mining was when I was contracted to open up old mines for exploration or an assaying programs to find any values that would make it worth mining again.

MW: What is the craziest thing you ever saw during the production of Ghost Mine?
PS: One of the craziest things I saw while filming was Jamal trying to cook for the crew.

MW: Were you a non believer of the paranormal before you went into the show?
PS: I have always believed in the paranormal even before the show.

MW: What would you say to the people who watched Ghost Mine that says the show is fake?
PS: I always thank then for watching it when they did and tell them I hope they find a show they like.

MW: What happened that there is not going to be a third season?
PS: Well I’m not happy about it as we (the Crew) thought we had a very good show that was different and would go on for a few more seasons. We thought the ratings were pretty good and higher than some of the other shows that are still on.

MW: Are you upset there will be no third season of Ghost Mine?
PS: It was a shock to all of us and our fans were really upset and let down about it. As for being upset about no 3rd season, hey that’s life, what can you do about it? We have a very devoted fan base not only here in the U.S.A. but world wide that stay in contact with us everyday.

MW: How can fans reach out to you?
PS:  Most of us are on face book and can be reached such as Papa Smurf/Ghost Mine. Our fans have been voicing their feelings to SyFy and continue to do so in the hopes of the show returning. Bless them they are really what it is all about.

MW: Will you be making any appearances in 2014?
PS: As, far as making any appearances in 2014 you never know just depends when and where I’m open to that. Right now I’m dealing with family matters with the passing of my older brother who had been very ill for the last couple of years so that has been keeping me pretty busy.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
PS: I would like to say that it was a lot of fun doing the show and that the people we worked with were great and had a lot of patience working with us, they made us look good. To our fans worldwide you made our show and for that we thank you. What the future holds we have to wait and see. Thanks, Stan Griffith aka Papa Smurf.