Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 31st, 2005
I flew to New York, and I just flew back. "Fox & Friends" had been promoting that they were going to talk about Bigfoot this morning and I was the guest. They were showing footage of the Patterson-Gimlin film (I sure hope they paid Mrs. Patterson the user fee for this tease).
They put the makeup on me (ugh) so my nose won’t shine. They sent me from the first Green Room to the second one, closer to the studio. I had my Yeti hair, reproduction of the 1967 filmsite footprint, and my Gigantopithecus blacki skull as my on-camera props, all set to go.
Blam. Fox Alert! Bush to nominate Supreme Court justice at 8:00 a.m. I was suppose to go on at 7:45 a.m.
"Why would Bush do this on Halloween?" I asked myself. Into the Green Room walked former Maine Senator George Mitchell, and he was immediately shuttled over to the set. First it was Mitchell’s talking head commenting on the upcoming nomination on screen, right through "my time’s" segment, and then there was President Bush’s talking head. Ooops, there went Bigfoot’s window of opportunity.
That’s life in the fastlane of live news and so thus ending Creature Appreciation Week, ah, not exactly on a high note on Halloween.
Nothing anyone could do about it, that was for sure. But some American, nevertheless, will get $5000 for a photo of Bigfoot, Yeti, or Nessie evidence anyway in Feburary 2006, and that has not changed.
Bush bumped Bigfoot. Back to the Newark Airport.
Amazingly, while I had no problem bringing my show-and-tell artifacts into New York City, I almost missed the early flight back to Maine when I got stopped at the x-ray machine. I was slowed at security, in the middle of my mad dash for the jet, because the TSA folks had to search my bag. They were confused by the Gigantopithecus skull in the screening, and I was asked six (6!) times if it was "real" and if it was actual "bone."
"No, it’s a resin museum quality skull, but it is not real bone," I had to tell them over and over. Giganto and Bigfoot made no sense to them, but "not bone" and "replica" did, after some explaining. I was asked if I had picked this up in New York, to which, of course, I told them, no, I’d brought it from Maine and was trying to take it back home. Finally, I was "allowed" to completely unwrapped it, show it to them, and then I cleared security.
The mixing of politics with Bigfoot is a funny business, but hey, let’s not lose our sense of humor. Afterall, it’s Halloween.
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.