Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 1st, 2009
Ken Gerhard’s hat worn on MonsterQuest has brought up some feelings in some readers.
Some folks seemed to grow defensive. One comment maker, Cryptidsrus asked: “I did not know Cryptozoologists had to adhere to a certain ‘dress code.’ Do you, Loren??? ”
Are there some stereotypes out there? Certainly there are, as shown in the above “cryptozoologist” from a recent film.
I don’t know, folks, what do you think? Are there reasons for the way the public sees me and others, or wishes to see cryptozoologists?
Let’s take a peek around the field.
Roy Mackal (second from left).
Loren Coleman and Scott Norman.
Jack Young, Adelaide “Su-Lin” Young, and Quentin Young.
Let’s conduct a comparative experiment. Do skeptics/debunkers/scoptics have a dress code? Here’s a random sampling.
What do you think?
Where do you fall in the ranks? Who do you most look like?
Update addition: Here are two images of Matt Bille, a self-described skeptical cryptozoologist and good friend of Cryptomundo, who has characterized himself as one who does not do fieldwork but engages more in the bibliographical and archival research end of things. These two photos of Matt are found all over the Internet, and perhaps speak to two parts of his personality as projected through these presentations?
For more on this topic, see “Hats and Heads, Part Dos,” with more images and videos.
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.