Rickie Traeger Blog: Missing My Dad Alot, Walking Dead, Late Night Blog


Tonight is a late night blog. I thought I would wait and write a bit at night time. Usually my blogs are in the mornings (or whenever lol)  but I figured I would wait tonight and blog.

So here it is 10:30 pm as I sit here and blog. I been working on my paranormal page (hope to have it finished later tonight) on my website here. I been working on that for awhile, maybe a week or so. I been writing stuff in depth and hope to have that active soon.

We watched the winter Olympics earlier. Pretty cool stuff. I still do not understand curling, lol. But we watched the lug, snowboarding, figure  skating, etc… I was hoping the USA would be doing better. I think the judges are biased, because the whole USA/N Korea situation. But hey that is just my thoughts lol.

I am binge watching one of my favorite shows as I write this. The Walking Dead!  They have been playing it alot!  I am super excited!  Sure does bring back memories. I actually forgot some the scenes, so I am glad they are replaying them.  Good to watch them and remind me of what happened over the years. Yes, I am a huge Walking Dead fan, but I did forget some stuff. I think they should go back to their roots and focus alot of the walkers, not so much of the living.

One month and nine days.  That is my dad’s birthday and also the first day of spring.  Bittersweet.  I miss my dad ALOT!  Is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him. I think about him all the time.  I would give anything, to see or hear him one last time. I was hoping that he would become a ghost and I would see him. But that has not happened yet. Maybe that is a good thing, and he crossed over. I sure do miss my dad ALOT!

Anthony “Tony” Traeger, 55, of Loves Park passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014. Born March 20, 1959 in Rockford to Earl and Doris (Logsdon) Traeger. Employed as a CNA and Bus Driver for the Harlem School District. Married Pamela Slatton on November 3, 1978 in Rockford. Tony enjoyed fishing, bingo, playing the lottery, going to garage sales, and was a Green Bay Packer Fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela Traeger; mother, Doris Traeger; sons, Rickie (Sarah) Traeger, Adam Traeger; grandchildren, Brittany Traeger, Melodie Brandt, Savannah Traeger, Isabella Davidson; sisters, Sheryl (Dan) Morgan, Tina (Steve) Pace; and mother-in-law, Char Slatton. Predeceased by his father, Earl; and father-in-law, William Slatton.

A visitation will be held from 6 – 9:00 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 in Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory – Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park. To share a memory or condolence please visit www.honquestfh.com




Murder And Mayhem in Rockford

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I recently read a book I bought on my Amazon Kindle called “Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, IL” by Kathi Kresol.

I thought it might be a good read about our history in the area. I am glad I did buy it and read it. I was very impressed with the book.

I was impressed by the in depth research that she did, for her book. She has put a lot of time and effort into the research and history of Rockford. I definitely learned a lot from her book.

Stuff I learned from the book: When Rockford was founded, how it was founded, the first murder happened a year after it was founded, a lot of violent crimes have happened over the years in the Rockford area. The Courthouse collapsed. A Sheriff was murdered. They even held public executions at the Winnebago County Courthouse. This is barely the tip of the iceberg of what is inside this amazing book! This book was well written and a lot of history in it.

Murders that happened locally, went nationwide.  Crimes so violent that you would think that it was in the movies. But it reality, they happened here in Rockford.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

Check it out on her website and many local bookstores.

This is by far one of the better books I have read recently.  And I personally recommend you reading her book.  She has also came out with other books, which I am actually about to buy and read soon.

Not only did I learn a lot, but I am also supporting a Rockford artist/author!

Her website is http://www.hauntedrockford.com/
Alot of great information on her websites also

Also at http://kathikresol.com/

Murder & Mayhem in Rockford is a collection of never-before-published articles on the history of Rockford, Illinois.  Written by local historian, and owner of Haunted Rockford, Kathi Kresol.

excerpt from Book Back~

“Rockford rightly prizes its prosperous heritage, earned by manufacturing concerns like the Rockford Watch Factory and the Manny Reaper Company. But the town once named Midway also harbors a history of crime and calamity. Gunfire broke out in the streets when networks of Prohibition informants slid sideways. In 1893, John Hart forced his own sisters to drink poison. Three years later, James French shot down his wife in the street. Over the years, a courthouse collapsed, a factory exploded and trains collided. Join local historian Kathi Kresol as she explores the mayhem milling about in Rockford’s past. ”

Kathi Kresol

I want to close this out by sending her a shout out for putting all the time and effort into her research and sharing it with everyone in this book.

She did an amazing job on it and I learned a lot. It is pretty cool to learn the history of our area. Many kudos!

I was impressed with her work and plan on buying more of her books.

It is good to know there are talented people in the area and I am always happy to support them.

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Rickie Traeger Blog: X-Files Is On Tonight!!! Finished Reading Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, IL. Also January 10th National Holidays.


Good morning everyone!

I want to start off by saying Good Morning and also warn everyone to be careful driving this morning. Roadways have become very slippery in some areas and several accidents are coming across the airwaves. So if you have to travel, please allow extra time and drive slow.  CLICK HERE

X-Files is on tonight!    I am super excited!!!   I will be glued to the TV later on tonight watching my X-Files 🙂  And will probably blog later on tonight about it.

Sorry I did not blog yesterday. I spent most my day reading a book. I finished reading the whole book in 1 day. Been awhile since I been able to do that. The book is called “Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, IL” by Kathi Kresol

She did a wonderful job in the book. I was impressed. I learned a lot about the history of the area. And some very interesting facts.  She did a good job on the history and stories.  I want to send a shout out to her for doing an awesome job in her book. I am going to be buying her other books probably this weekend.  I do highly recommend you buying her book

Check it out at ~ CLICK HERE 



I was able to change my oil yesterday.  When I took it to Walmart to do an oil change last time, they over tightened the bolt and broke the washer. So I had to change the oil and replace the bolt and washer. Everything is back to normal now.  Thank god. I had to personally do it. Was not bringing it anywhere to get done. That way I knew if there is an issue this time, it would be my fault, lol.  I was going through oil like crazy for awhile there.  But I was able to do some well overdue preventive maintenance and shes all good to go now. So I can go and work some scenes again.

Today and tomm. is supposed to be nice temps. outside. Thursday night will be back to normal with teen low temps and back to reality of winter, lol.  So if you have any outdoor activities that need to be done, get them done today.  High of 45 today. Which is like a heat wave these days.  It will definitely melt to remaining snow, if the sun pops out.

January 10th

  • National Oysters Rockefeller Day
  • National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • National Save The Eagles Day

Scheduling an appointment to get your heating system tuned up, would be one of the many ways to participate on January 10 for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. Did you know that tuning up your heating system can save you up to three to ten percent?

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to look for ways to reduce energy costs and save on their energy bills.

It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:

Weatherproof your home
Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
Properly maintain furnace
Use solar heat if possible
Turn down thermostats
Turning off lights when leaving a room
Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
Lower water heater temperature
Take shorter showers
Unplug unused appliances
Carpool whenever possible
The above list is just a few of the many ways to conserve energy. Use these tips, along with others you may already have in practice, many available online and you will be able to create energy and financial savings the entire year.


Do what you can to conserve energy.Use #CutYourEnergyCostsDay to post on social media


Save the Eagles Day is observed annually on the 10th of January. Some species of eagles are on the endangered list. However, due to the work of scientists and the public, the Bald Eagle was removed from this list in June 2007.


There are more than 70 species of eagles throughout the world.  The only exception is Hawaii, where no species of eagles reside. Poaching, pesticides and other dangers continue to threaten eagle populations.


Use #SaveTheEaglesDay to post on social media.

I enjoy posting these National holidays.  I try to as much as I can. I think it brings awareness to things and people can learn.   I was thinking about posting the National Holiday for the weeks also. But have yet to do so.  I think it be a good addition.

Depending on how I feel, I might be adding a new page to my website here. I don’t want to spoil it yet, but I hope to bring a new page to my website here 🙂  I been under the weather a bit, and busy doing other stuff, I have yet had the chance to work on my website much the last week or so.

I will close this out for now.  I hope everyone has a good and safe Wednesday!



Rickie Traeger’s Saturday Blog: Youtube, Phil Schneider, Ham Radio, Etc…


I want to wish everyone a safe and fun weekend!  It is still cold outside, but it is suppose to “warm up”  Sunday, so that will make things a little easier for us.

I want to send a shout out to the St Anthony ER staff and CT scan.
Keep up the great work!

I been spending more and more time on Youtube.  Pretty much anything you can think of, is on there these days.   I been watching the conferences and interviews with the UFO topic, and Phil Schneider, etc…    Note: Click on Phil Schneider name, to watch the last interview he ever made.  Pretty interesting stuff.   I also been watching videos on how to make ham radio equipment, How-to videos, DIY videos, weather videos, etc…   I love how Youtube is a wealth of knowledge these days.  I guess I should toss another disclaimer in here, lol.  Not everything you see or read is true, so use common sense and your own judgement for your opinions on the content on Youtube.

Speaking of weather.  Northern Illinois SKYWARN net starts up this Thursday the 11th at 8PM on the 147.195 repeater. So tune in and listen!  If you are a ham radio operator, then check in.   ARES net is at 7pm.

I was listening to the Friday Night Fun Net with Jimmy last night.  And listening to other ham radio operators goals for 2018.   And Gary response was reading the manuals to his radios.  I like that goal.  I need to do that on my end as well. I have a radio, that I need to learn the in and outs of.  So I think that is one of my goals for 2018, learn the in and out of my ham radio.

I am going to pop off here for now. I want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Weekend!






Rickie Traeger Blog: X-Files Season 11 is Back On!


OMG, I am super excited that X-Files season 11 came back on!

As you know, I am a huge fan of the X-Files!

Wow, it was soooooo good to see tonights episode!   I think everyone aged, but Monica though.  Heads up I will probably be putting some spoilers in here.

The show was good!   I have been anticipating the show for awhile now!  And when it came on, I made sure there were no distractions, lol.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the 2 new FBI agents, will probably be replacing Scully and Fox at some point in the future.   As long as the X-Files show goes on, I am open to this idea. But prefer Mulder and Scully as long as possible.

I hope they bring in the episodes of paranormal investigations in the future. I know the theme is finding William.  But I hope they stay on theme of doing paranormal investigations as well.

The ending of tonight episode, was mind blowing!  Cigarette smoking man said he was the father of William!!!  If Mulder finds out, I bet he kills him. Then the other 2 that wanted Mulder to kill him, will get their wish.

I wonder what the real agenda is behind those 2?  They said for space exploration. But there is obviously another agenda. It is the X-Files 😛

I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to watch tonight’s episode.  So I will close this out.

I am beyond super excited that X-Files is back on!  And look forward to many episodes and seasons in the future!!!  






Rickie Traeger Blog: New Years Eve, What Was Good & Bad In 2017


Today is Sunday December 31st 2017. The last day of 2017! It is kind of bittersweet. Leaving 2017 and entering 2018.

2017 flew by!  I mean i can’t complain because if you think about it,  it won’t be long before it is Spring 2018 🙂    But on a serious note, winters always drag by and Summers always fly by. Never fails.

I was asked what was my favorite and worst memories of 2017.

My worst one is definitely losing Jeff.  N9IMI.   Him and I talked on the radio every night for many hours each night for a long time.   Him and I became close friends through the ham radio. Losing him took a toll on me. I distanced myself from ham radio for awhile as well.  So by far, the worst of 2017 was losing my good friend Jeff (N9IMI) May he Rest In Peace

The positive thing for 2017 would be just being able to wake up each day and spending time with my family and those I love and trust.  Nothing can ever top that.   If I had to choose a specific event, I think it would be that the New York Times revealed a big thing on UFO’s!  The government was doing a secret project to research UFO technology and released a military video of a UFO, from the USS Nimitz . CLICK HERE  That might even be the news of the decade!

2018 is just literally hours away!  I can not wait for the 3rd. The X-Files is coming back!  3 more days!  I am beyond excited!!!  I was asked about my New Year resolution. I have not put much thought into it.  I think if I had to choose one, it will be doing more photography in 2018.  I use my body camera a lot, and want to use that for time lapse and other photography projects.  I been getting back into the monochrome stuff again (black and white photos) so I might do that.  I am thinking about starting a 365 or 52 week photo project. What better time to start one, than January 1st 🙂

I know many people will be going out to party tonight, so please be safe. Use your head and think responsibly.  As you know, when it hits midnight there are numerous gunshots that go off. What goes up, comes back down.  So please please be safe out there tonight!  Do not drink and drive!

HAPPY New Year 2018!!!





Rickie Traeger Blog: Interesting Interview on Coast To Coast AM tonight

I am sitting here listening to Coast to Coast AM, and it is by far one of the better episodes I have heard in awhile.  The guest David Wilcock has been saying some interesting stuff. If what he is saying is legit,  It is mind blowing!

I don’t want to spoil it for others. But he said he interviewed a man who said he has autopsied over 3,000 extraterrestrials.   I have an open mind on many things.  But I am really up in the air on that topic.  I guess it is plausible, because our universe is enormous.  He came out with the mans name who only came public, because of safety reasons.  It be interesting to see what comes about on this topic.

The guest David Wilcock, is just the messenger. From the people he has interviewed. So I want to make sure people have that clear. He is the middle man, relaying what was told to him. And he is telling everyone on Coast to Coast AM.  

If you want to listen to it, which I recommend. It is the December 23rd 2017 episode on Coat to Coast AM.  ~ CLICK HERE






Rickie Traeger Blog: I Get Asked A Lot, “Do I Believe In Aliens”, My Thoughts On The Topic

I was asked earlier on my thoughts of Alien life.  I get asked this a lot. So I thought I would make a quick blog about it, so when I am asked I can send everyone to the website to read it.

First off, I want to explain “UFO”  UFO means Unidentified Flying Object.  That does not mean there are aliens on the object. That just means there is an object in the sky that can not be identified.  Plain and simple.  I think many people think of aliens, when they hear the word UFO.  But in reality, it just means there is an object in the sky that can not yet be identified.

As for Aliens:  We are just a mere spec in an enormous universe.  I mean a tiny tiny spec in this vast universe! See that photo below! That will give you an aspect of how enormous our universe is!

I believe if we are alive and well here on Earth, then it is plausible that there might be other life forms out there as well.  Like I said, we are just a mere speck  in this vast universe. So, why is there not the possibility of other life forms out there as well?

The one thing that bothers me is, scientist and others believe the other life forms have to have the same environment as us here on Earth.  So they go looking for Earth like planets, for other life forms. I think that is wrong on many levels. Yes, it is good if we want to go explore other planets and all. But what makes you think other life forms have to have our environment?

I believe other life forms are possible and they do not need our same environment to live in.  I think the aliens are out there and also they might be closer to us than we think. I think that they may live in different environments as us (Hence it is space) and they don’t necessarily need Earth environments to live in.

As for visiting us, I think it is possible.   I researched and read some very good books on the Roswell incident. I think that incident alone, was true.   I think we have been visited by other life forms.  Watching the videos of Boyd Bushman (https://youtu.be/xPt6LU1ZKk8) I think he was legit. It has been proven who he is, what he has done, etc… and with his deathbed confession video, I think is legit.  I will embed the video below, be sure to watch it all! Make up your mind.

Recently NASA said there was 7 Earth like planets that was 68 light years away. The same distance Boyd Bushman said the aliens were from. That is in the area of Trappist-1.  That is located in the Aquarius constellation.  They even reported that the outer planets might have water on them as well.

I do think the government these days and also citizens, make a lot of stuff up now and tries to make it appear that people who believe in this topic, are crazy. Even though they are not. People do not choose to see this stuff. They just happen to be in the right spot at the right time. Or some may think of it as the wrong place at the wrong time. Either way, many don’t want to see strange objects in the skies above us.

Overall, I do think people take the term UFO in a wrong sense.  They automatically assume it is “Aliens” which is wrong. I do believe that it is very possible that other life forms in the universe is very possible. I do think we might be going about searching for them, the wrong way.

I might update this, with a more in depth blog on this topic at a later date.




Rickie Traeger Blog: Very Quick Friday Blog

Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday.  It is supposed to start warming up a bit. It has been nice to see the snow on the ground, I am sure we will have alot more in the next few months lol.

I am watching Ancient Aliens and they had the Boyd Bushman stuff on there. Many say he is lying, but I think he is legit. Why in the heck would a man with a ton to lose, come out and say all that? I mean seriously, it was a deathbed confession of a well know man that worked in that field for many years.  I fully believe him. If you don’t know who he is, a quick google search will pull up him and his video.

I will post another blog later on tonight. I just wanted to make this quick one real quick, lol.

Enjoy your day!





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Sometimes the best things in life, is starting over!  



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