Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 20th, 2007
I just appeared on the BBC radio in Ecuador “Radio City.”
I was invited to come on by María Gracia Dejo, the producer of the radio station “associated with the BBC of London in Ecuador ‘Radio City’ and with the most important newspaper of the country, El Universo.”
Here’s what Ms. Dejo had to say about their program:
In Radio City, we have a late lifestyle show called “El Aguacate”, where we have interviews from around the world with personalities from entertainment, music, cusine, sports, science, culture, technology, tourism and more mixed with news and music.
We are very interested in Loren Coleman. For today Monday 20th we are preparing a special program dedicated to Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatchs, and more. This is why we would love to have a telephonical interview with him so he could share with us a little bit more about these enigmas and cryptozoology. Our audience will be thrilled hearing about this in our program.
We had the opportunity to interview people like: Nancy Sinatra, Donald Trump, Henry Hill (Goodfellas ), John Rhys Davies (“Gimly” from The Lord of the Rings), Andy Serkis (“Gollum” from The Lord of the rings) , James Marsden (“Cyclops” from X-Men and The Notebook), David Carradine (“Bill” from Kill Bill), Jeremy Bulloch (from Star Wars), Jennifer Beals (The L Word ), Thea Gill (Queer as Folk), Ricardo Chavira (Carlos Solis from Desperate Housewives ), producer Douglas Gresham (The Cronicles of Narnia), Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) and Director Chris Wedge (from “Robots”), Peter Ostrum (Willy Wonka and the Chocolat Factory ), Deep Roy (Tim Burton’s Umpa Loompa), David Fury (LOST’s writer). Tom O’Neil (Oscar guru), Gustavo Santaolalla (music composer for Brokeback Mountain ), Dan Futterman (writer for Capote) and James Mangold (Walt The Line – Director), DD Bridgewater, John Leguizamo, Danny Glover, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Mario Batalli, and Chris Johns (senior editor of National Geographic).
It would be such an honor and pleasure to have Loren Coleman on our show. Thank you very much for your time and attention.
MARÍA GRACIA DEJO
RADIO CITY (BBC – EL UNIVERSO)
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How could I refuse after being told about such a well-established lineup?
Actually, I was honored, and I love going global, of course.
It was a fun interview in which the questions were asked in Spanish, then English, and after I replied in English, my answers was translated into Spanish, instantly.
I learned a bit about the topics that my hosts take to be the most popular in cryptozoology. They wanted to talk about the Loch Ness Monsters (rather skeptically), Bigfoot (open-mindedly), animals discovered in the oceans (such as the coelacanth and megamouth shark), and what television documentaries were my favorites. They wanted to know about a recent documentary, in a followup question, so I told them of the April expedition with Nippon TV to Lake Champlain in pursuit of Champ. The topics were asked, intriguingly, in that order.
When I was discussing Bigfoot in North America (which they asked about), I threw in that the reports of Bigfoot-Sasquatch were quite similar to the Ucu of the Andes. They had never heard the name “Ucu,” and I had to spell it out three times. It was the only word they had me spell.
While I’ve been on radio and television programs in such countries as Spain, Austria, and Japan, all have been done in realtime English. This was interesting, as I got to stop and hear the translations in process.
Cryptozoology is truly international.
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.