Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 15th, 2011
Creator’s Caption: Our resident little joker in the Wump Mucket Puppets troupe. Would you believe that this puppet is 35+ years old? Just don’t tell him that.
Over the holidays, someone send along notice that a “Coleman the Sasquatch” puppet existed, created by Terrence Burke (Wump Mucket Puppets).
Filling in a little background, the creator wrote: “I bought the original around 1973-74 at a fun fair that I attended as a child. I added the googly eyes, and of course his personality. For many years this puppet lived in a box without a name, then when my daughter was very young I pulled him out to be the companion to ‘Cyril the Sea Serpent.’ The act just grew from there. Eleanor used to call him ‘Furry Guy’ (we still do at home). When I started performing in public last year I dubbed him ‘Coleman’ in tribute to cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, and after the camping gear that I used as a boy. Thanks for all your positive comments!”
Wump Mucket Puppets is a group that is very aware of cryptozoology, with Kelpies, Sea Serpents, and Sasquatch in their troupe.
I thank creator Burke for the tribute Coleman puppet. I wonder if he would be interested in sending one of the retired Colemans to the museum, for display?
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.