Beckjord Resurfaces

Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 26th, 2007


Scott Marlowe

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Erik Beckjord

Scott Marlowe of the Pangea Institute in Florida is circulating the following document, and is giving permission to reprint it here. It is carried here for information dissemination purposes.

The contents of the following document are entirely the remarks of Scott Marlowe, and do not, necessarily, reflect the opinion of Cryptomundo or any associated works or organizations of Loren Coleman and others linked to Cryptomundo.

As Mr. Marlowe notes, this is to be shared widely, and Cryptomundo is thus publishing this, without commentary and unedited (even for misspellings). Our caution about past associations with certain individuals is already part of the public record.

I’m writing to clear up a bit of disinformation that is circulating.

Several people have called my attention to an erroneous posting on Erick Beckjord’s blog website claiming that my cryptozoology classes are defunct at Florida Keys Community College.

As most of you know, I took a sabbatical for this semester to attempt some “research” with Tom Biscardi. This project did not pan out for professional reasons I need not go into here.

I have no idea where Beckjord got his information, but I have a copy of an email he sent to the college in an attempt to solicit a teaching post there and oust me from the faculty.

People who are genuinely interested in cryptozoology subject matter will be pleased to know that the college HAS asked me to offer at least one workshop during the spring term 2008. I have agreed and the date or dates will be announced after the Winter Break.

We are also considering the full course, but I don’t think that time will permit this coming term as I have already committed to complete the second part of my Bigfoot in Art trilogy for “Elementum Bestia II” to be compiled by Craig Heinzelman and a number of video projects currently are in the works during the spring term time frame.

If the cryptozoology course is not offered during the summer term, when things should quiet down, I will offer it in the fall of 2008. I can also offer, in the highly unlikely event the college would decline, on the Pangea Institute’s Academy “sister website’ (that would be good news for students as the tuition would be much less than through the college).Scott Marlowe, Pangea Institute, Winter Haven, Florida.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

13 Responses to “Beckjord Resurfaces”

  1. Cryptid Hunt responds:

    I would love to go to a cryptozoology workshop. That would be amazing!

  2. KashaPaw responds:

    Definitely have to check that out! Searching for colleges this summer anyway.

  3. Rangoon responds:

    It’s fairly obvious that Erik simply isn’t relevent, nor is anything he has to say unless you like a good chuckle.

    But in an attempt to be relevant, I must ask; Why does Scott have a Jackalope?

  4. scmarlowe responds:

    Actually, Goon, The Jack-a-Lope was a gag routine that my children played on me a couple of years ago during my birthday party at a local Texas Steakhouse.

    I sent the photo to Loren so he’d get a few yucks out of it, and it’s become a kind of inside joke among my cryptozoology colleagues.

    But, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, Loren, Cryptid Hunt, Wildlifephotographer, Brian, Nick and everyone else who have responded to Erick’s slanderous rants and unethical antics — some with pretty forceful challenges to EB’s postings. It’s nice to know that one has friends and supporters when the chips are down and an attack is on.



  5. bill green responds:

    hey everyone interesting article. thanks bill green

  6. bigfootsdad responds:

    “I have no idea where Beckjord got his information, but I have a copy of an email he sent to the college in an attempt to solicit a teaching post there and oust me from the faculty.” It appears from Beckjord’s history, he had no source. He seems to have the personality type that tends to live in an alter-reality. Reality to him seems to be whatever achieves him the gain or upper-hand, because he wants to be the center of attention. Being an adjunct professor myself, I have encountered personalities just like this. Mr. Marlowe, thank you for all of your hard and persistent work in the field of cryptozoology. I will definitely visit your website.

  7. Terry W. Colvin responds:

    I’ve seen Erik Beckjord’s rants and raves on at least two mailing lists. His ego is monumental. What are his credentials, academic and in the field?

  8. mystery_man responds:

    Beckjord seems to me to be one of those characters in the field whose antics and reputation proceed any actual qualifications they may have. I have been pretty taken aback by some of the antics that Beckjord has gotten up to over the years and in my opinion he has become almost a cartoon character within the field, a larger than life caricature rather than an actual person. Maybe that is what he wants to draw attention to himself and his agenda, but I find the kind of slander seen here to be inexcusable.

  9. scmarlowe responds:

    Bigfootdad — Thank you!

    Terry — He claims to have an undergraduate degree from Tulane and Masters in Sociology from Berkley. However, people have tried (including me) to obtain verification from these institutions of his credentials and have been unable to do so.

    He says that he’s provided viewings of his transcripts to Bill Green and others, but they haven’t confirmed his claims (at least not to me).

    Others and I have asked for proof on his website only to be banned. The college library at Berkley can not find a copy of his Masters Thesis in their collection.

    I have come to believe that his credentials are “vaporware” as a result of these omissions and actions.

  10. Rangoon responds:


    Good luck on your attempt to professionalize this field by teaching a college course about it.

    We here who actually have attended college do understand that some courses come and go from curriculums for various reasons and this has no reflection on you personally.

    The “infamous one” obviously sees that you are his diametric opposite and he just can’t stand it! (grins)

  11. squatch-toba responds:

    I stopped listening to Beckjord after his disaster on Letterman’s show a few years back. It was too funny, but at the same time it just made me cringe! I totally agree with Mystery-man,  this guy just has to find something better to do. Don’t go away mad, just go away!

  12. chrisandclauida2 responds:

    Beckjord…is definitely deserving of such behavior modification techniques.

    On to the subject of Biscardi: I guess if he wants his reputation raised a bit then he should continue to have his name mentioned along with Beckjord. After all anyone would look like a scholarly sanctified Bigfoot expert when mentioned with or compared to Beckjord.

    I am sad that Beckjord and Biscardi are still so often mentioned to the public as being “Bigfooters”. They are the worst two examples of those involved in our endeavor. If not the top two, they are on everyone’s top 5 list of the jerks of the Bigfoot world.

  13. subrosa responds:

    With the recent ‘flap’ over the “Bigfoot Massacre’ and letters to District Attorneys, I think Mr. Marlowe is in good company with Mr
    Beckjord and Mr Biscardi.
    Mr Marlowe has yet to produce his ‘crredentials’, and has the gall to question EB’s HMMMMMM.

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