Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 27th, 2010
Did you know that Superman’s complete Earth name is “Clark Jerome Kent”?
A friend and frequent coauthor of mine is a superwriter indeed: Jerome Clark. His birthday is November 27th, and I wish him a happy one!
As many of you realize, I have worked closely with Jerry for four decades. The years 1975 and 1978 saw his first two books, The Unidentified and Creatures of the Outer Edge, coauthored with me, appear from Warner Books.
The Unidentified and Creatures of the Outer Edge: The Early Works of Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman was then published by Anomalist Books, a few years ago. To read part of the new introduction to Creatures of the Outer Edge and The Unidentified, see here.
Also, I coauthored Cryptozoology A to Z (NY: Simon and Schuster) with Jerry Clark in 1999. It remains one of the bestselling cryptozoology books of all time. Click here to see its sales rank, even today, eleven years after it was published.
Few people are aware that Jerry is also a famed songwriter, with several of the songs that Clark has written having been recorded or performed by musicians such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Carpenter, and Tom T. Hall. He has often collaborated with Robin and Linda Williams.
Read more about Jerry here.
The 2008 Tim Dinsdale Award was given to Jerome Clark, “for his prolific publications and editorial work on anomalies, concentrating especially on the UFO phenomenon, which have brought to the general publication comprehensive and trustworthy information presented from a sophisticated perspective.”
Tim Dinsdale (above), the adventurer and Loch Ness hunter, lives on in the Tim Dinsdale Memorial Award.
The Dinsdale Award was established in 1992 by The Society for Scientific Exploration’s founding member, councilor, and editor of the SSE Journal, (now retired) Professor Henry Bauer, so that the SSE could recognize “significant contributions to the expansion of human understanding through the study of unexplained phenomena.”
By a strange coincidence, November 27th is also the date of Toni-Marie’s, my first wife’s, birthday, and I wish her a happy day, too, if she sees this. Of course, having lost track of her, she’s sort of like a cryptid.
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.