Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 17th, 2011
Does Jael make you want to watch a cryptozoology show? The cable executives think so.
Is Anna Nekaris of Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide the hottest television spokesperson on a cryptozoological program? How about Jeff Meldrum? How do they rank against Destination Truth’s Jael? (Yes, people just use her first name alone, these days.)
Well, to some, does Matt Moneymaker fill the bill? Is Moneymaker some folks’ idea of their new Josh Gates-level stud for television programming?
Those within television have to think about such things to get viewers, right?
We have scientifically partially surveyed this arena before, in the photographic essay, “The Top Ten Sexiest Cryptomundo Images Of The ’00s” (complete with a video produced by Swamp People talent Dana Holyfield).
Dana Holyfield, the granddaughter of Harlan Ford, one of the original Honey Island Swamp Monster eyewitnesses.
So, it’s time to revisit this topic, don’t you think? Enough of Finding Bigfoot debates and face prints speculation for at least one day.
According to a new list compiled online, Jason Martell (associated with Craig Woolheater’s CryptoZocial efforts), Nekaris and Jael are ranked among the “Top 5 Paranormal Hotties.” Jael de Pardo has made these lists before, such as this one in 2009. And this one.
Who would you rank for your “Top Ten Hottest Cryptozoology Program Personalities”?
Jael de Pardo?
DT’s Araceli Haldeman?
Erin Ryder, also of Destination Truth?
Ooops, Finding Bigfoot personalities have to be mentioned, don’t they, as possible candidates?
Matt Moneymaker in 2005?
Matt Moneymaker in 2011?
Jim “Bobo” Fay?
Young Jeff Meldrum?
Seasoned Jeff Meldrum?
Okay…just to make certain CM is represented too…How about….
Or is there a new person, out there, like Raven Meindel, waiting in the wings?
Who is in your top ten? Who else should be here?
Where is the science in cryptozoology on television, you ask? The sexuality of the television personality is more important to the production companies, for some programs, than what the person brings to the show. For example, Anna Nekaris is one of the most intelligent people in the field, and yet she is showcased like a Hollywood starlet. But then, we have to be realistic, too. We are dealing with ratings, human nature, and attractiveness when cryptozoology is drawn into a relationship with television.
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.