Charles J. Adams III
Charles J. Adams III was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1947 and resides there today. In addition to his books, Adams also writes regular features on travel and local legends in the Reading Eagle newspaper and has written travel stories for several other magazines and publications. He has also been the morning air personality on radio station WEEU in Reading, where he has been employed since 1978.
Adams has been a speaker at the International Ghost Hunters Alliance and GhostWorld conventions in Gettysburg, Pa., and at regional paranormal conferences in New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He has been interviewed on ghostly topics in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and on several American radio and television stations.
He has also appeared on The History Channel's "Haunted America: New York" and "Haunted America: Philadelphia" programs and has served as consultant and on-air "expert" for programs on hauntings and ghosts on The Learning Channel, MTV, and The Travel Channel. His latest television work is a segment at the haunted Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia for The Travel Channel's "Mysterious Journeys" series.
Adams has also organized and escorted tours of haunted places in the United States, England, and Scotland.
He has produced, written, and conducted "ghost tours" in Lancaster County, Reading, Hamburg, and Philadelphia, Pa.; Cape May, N.J., and Greenwich Village, New York City. His stories have been selected for inclusion in several anthologies, including "Classic American Ghost Stories" (August House Publishing). At the personal request of the producer M. Night Shyamalan, his book, "Bucks County Ghost Stories" was used as a prop in the 2002 movie, "Signs," which stars Mel Gibson.
In 2006, he donated nearly 400 books he had collected in his travels to the Exeter Community Library as the "Charles J. Adams III Paranormal Research Collection." The books deal with legends, folklore, and ghost stories from across the United States and world. It is recognized as the largest single collection of its kind in any library in the nation.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Adams has also been a singer and keyboard player in rock bands since his high school days. Adams has also written numerous commercial jingles and songs, and several have been recorded and released on CDs and music videos, including "From the River to the Mountain," written for the city of Reading's 250th anniversary celebration and "There's a Game Tonight in Baseballtown," which can be heard during Reading Phillies games. He has also recorded several railroad folk songs.
He has served on the marketing committee of the Reading Symphony Orchestra; has recited dramatic work with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Reading Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Reading Pops Orchestra; and has been a guest conductor for the Exeter Community Band. His play, "Curtains," was produced and presented at the Genesius Theatre; and his "Storybook Murder" mystery was produced and performed as a fund-raising event for the Reading Public Library. He has been co-host of the "YNOTs Awards" (that's "TONYs" spelled backwards) show, which recognizes the best of high school musical presentations and performers in Berks County, since its inception. He is co-host of "Travels With Sue and Charlie," a monthly travel program on BCTV, the Greater Reading, PA, community access television station.
Charlie has also served as president of the Reading (Pa.) Public Library, the Board of Directors of the Exeter Township School District, and on the boards of the Penn State Berks Campus Alumni Society, Exeter Community Library, Crestwood Swimming Association, Humane Society of Berks County, and the Historical Society of Berks County. He is presently a member of the editorial board of the Historical Society and is chairman of its Publications Committee. In 2006, Adams organized the inaugural and highly successful "READING READS: The Greater Reading Literary Festival."
He is very active in civic affairs in Berks County, and has served for more than a two decades as the master of ceremonies of both the Reading Labor Day and Christmas parades. He is in constant demand as a speaker and storyteller.
Among all his interests and accomplishments, he lists among his personal favorites his singing, a capella, of the National Anthem before several Reading Phillies baseball games.