Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 19th, 2007
Setting the Record Straight: CareerBuilder.com
I have been told and asked about some statements that have been attributed to me in an “article” that appeared a little over a week ago. Apparently, in various Sunday CareerBuilder.com special insert sections of The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, and other newspapers for February 11, 2007, I was profiled. I have been identified as having the profession: “Bigfoot Hunter,” in some versions of the piece. I was not paid for this item, and wonder if it is more an ad than an article?
Anyway, the written treatment in the CareerBuilder.com section sounds like it may have been hastenly written. Regarding my involvement with the Dover Demon, the piece notes that I “discovered” the Dover Demon. Apparently what this writer was trying to say was that I “investigated” the case, and “coined” the term “Dover Demon,” as detailed in Mysterious America.
I have seen discussions of this on one Skeptics site, and now am getting emails from skeptics and others.
Too bad the piece was so badly mangled, as there are many extremely available online sites that have clearer biographical information about me, which could have been used to fact-check some items.
For some skeptics who wish to worry about this planted piece (really a CareerBuilder.com ad), I assure them, there are a lot more interesting stuff to discuss than whether or not my career in cryptozoology qualifies me to be called a “Bigfoot Hunter.” If the written piece said, “Dream Job? Here’s One: Searching For Bigfoot,” well, then I guess it was basically correct, within the parameters I’ve discussed here before. Seeking and looking for Bigfoot has taken me to 57 states and provinces in the USA and Canada, doing many levels of fieldwork, interviewing, investigating, and chronicling since 1960.
But people other than me write these articles, based upon their own criteria. What I have done and continue to do within the field of cryptozoology is part of the public record, of course.
Wikipedia gets closer to the truth than CareerBuilder.com does.
But remember, don’t believe everything you read. I haven’t “discovered” the Dover Demon, per se. Yet.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.