Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 9th, 2010
I received an extremely depressing email this morning.
Mark Fraser of “Big Cats In Britain” wrote:
“Bad news for us here regards the conference; we have problems with the venue; they have now told us they are double booked….We had a bad job getting a venue and everywhere else seems to be booked up. It is with regret that we feel we will cancel the conference this year. I apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Inconvenience? Giving talks and selling books at such events are that extras needed to support the rent and running of the museum, of course. So much for a doing this job and getting some funds for the museum. I am a little more than upset, although I don’t blame the BCIB, of course, for any of this. Things happen.
Delivering the keynote lecture at the mystery cats conference in Scotland was to have the much anticipated, exciting, added benefit of a promised sidetrek to Loch Ness, and an on-site investigation of the “Nessie is dead” rumors. That would have triggered an article I could have sold, for more income for the museum. Figgering frustrating. The best laid plans and all that.
Amber Waterman/Sun Journal
Since the BCIB had already moved this from March/April to June, due to someone having a baby, I wondered.
Now my wondering is over, and Scotland and Loch Ness in June are off the travel plans. Bloody damn it!
Anyone interested in having me for a talk to your group in June or any other time this year or in the future, please get in touch through this clickable contact form here.
If you have been thinking about contributing some cold hard cash (even $10 each) to the museum, any and all donations would be appreciated today and in the near future. This is depressing news since there has been a downturn in visitors since my 50th anniversary celebration, especially over Easter (zero!) and during this rainy week of weather (two folks). Thank you!
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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.