Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 27th, 2012
Cryptozoologists watch out for each other. Richard Ellis had my back in 1999.
Richard Ellis, painter and author of Monsters of the Sea (1994), The Search for the Giant Squid (1998), and co-curator of Mythic Creatures (American Museum of Natural History, 2008) wrote online on the cryptolist in 1999:
Influential People of the Century
“Outside” magazine (December 1999), in its list of “The 25 Best Careers in the Outdoors,” included our own Loren Coleman, whose “job” seemed to be that of Cryptozoologist.
Mythical-beast sleuth Loren Coleman, 52, has a job worth envying — the hunter of Bigfoot and the Himalayan yeti treks the backcountry and interviews eyewitnesses. “So many flakes used to contact me about strange sightings,” he
says, “I had to get an unlisted address.”
Loren Coleman in 2012. Photo credit: Greta Rybus.
How the times change things. With my sons grown, in the age of the Internet and the physical location of the International Cryptozoology Museum at 11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine, it is relatively easy to find me, online and to meet me, face-to-face, today.
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.