Posted by: John Kirk on April 5th, 2011
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I have waited a long time for someone to come along and explore the life and disappearance of Col. Percy Fawcett, Amazon explorer extraordinaire and describer of cryptids of the region. My good friend Peter von Puttkamer of Gryphon Productions decided to take on this subject full on and now he is ready to show the fruits of his investigation in a new television program.
Lost in the Amazon – The Enigma of Col. Percy Fawcett airs as a special presentation on Secrets of the Dead on PBS on April 20th, 2011. To learn more about the engrossing life of Fawcett and this new show read Searching for Z: Col. Percy Fawcett: A filmmaker goes in search of the original Indiana Jones on the Adventure Travel News website.
Most in the realm of cryptozoology remember Fawcett’s claim to have shot a huge anaconda that was double the size of any that we know today.
Readers might recognize a familiar voice in the production. I had the privilege of voicing over Percy Fawcett and his plummy upper class British officer accent. This is a great production and I am sure readers will find it informative and entertaining. The Brazilian backdrop is spectacular and worth viewing for just that alone.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.