Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 1st, 2009
Cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans once remarked, in essence, that cryptozoology was a field where a multiplicity of disciplines would be needed to bring to bear all the evidence to establish that new species exist.
The most recent episode of “MonsterQuest” (“Ape Island”) gave a sterling example of this principle.
Perhaps only the good doctor’s local newspaper would get the spelling of his name correctly and the title of his occupation precisely, but instant celebrity status is the outcome of Wednesday’s broadcast:
Podiatrist on History Channel show…
The History Channel TV show “MonsterQuest,” [which originally aired April 29, 2009],… feature[d] Crown Point podiatrist Michael Nirenberg and his examination of casts of footprints possibly made by the apelike creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot.
“MonsterQuest” producers flew Nirenberg, a forensic podiatrist, to a remote area of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to examine the footprint casts.
Before viewing the footprints, Nirenberg said he was a bit cynical about the existence of Bigfoot, but kept an open mind.
“I met with (Sasquatch investigator John Bindernagel) and we looked at the prints, and they videotaped me talking to him about the footprints, and looking at them and studying them,” Nirenberg said. “After that, they gave me a few hours to study the footprints. They then asked me what I thought: Did I think they were a hoax? Did I think they were real?”
“At the end of all of this, there was nothing there I saw that screamed hoax. I think for someone to hoax these footprints would be very difficult.”
~Source: Elizabeth Lisican, Post-Tribune [3/16/09]
Meanwhile, as the week comes to a quick close, take a moment to…
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.