Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 28th, 2012
The Portland Press Herald for Saturday, July 28, 2012, had a weirdly headlined article on Page One, to greet my morning:
Okay, I said to myself, I’ll read this to see what Doonesbury has to say about Maine politics. You can imagine my surprise when I found Sasquatch in the story.
Here is the section of the article that specifically deals with our area of interest here:
The strip begins with Jimmy Crow saying: “Here in Maine, folks love to vote! They’re tops in turn-out!”
In the second frame, Crow says: “Sadly, too many of them (voters) are Democrats, who like to ‘steal’ elections, according to GOP chair Charlie Webster.” Below the text are anonymous figures representing the elderly, disabled people and college students, groups that could be disenfranchised by voter ID laws, according to critics.
The comic then mocks claims by Webster and other Republicans who argue that voter ID laws are designed to prevent voter fraud. It mentions that Maine has had just two convictions for voter fraud over the last 38 years.
The convictions, the strip says, is the “same number of confirmed Bigfoot sightings! Coincidence? You decide!”
Considering Michelle Souliere and I are coauthoring a book entitled Bigfoot in Maine, I immediately wondered if Doonesbury’s creator/author Garry Trudeau knows something we don’t know. Our count is way above “two.”
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.