Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 20th, 2006
During the last few weeks and finally coming to a terrible implosion on Wednesday, October 19, 2006, I have lost all my emails, all my email addresses, and all archived material that I was stupidly keeping stored in e-messages. In total, yesterday, I lost over 60,000 saved emails (the “good ones” collected during the entire time I’ve owned this computer – since 1999).
Lesson learned, of course. I have no one to blame but myself, but I could not make my computer email work or open or be “seen” on yesterday’s wacky Wednesday. I had to clean, clear, dump, delete, trash, and empty trash all day to get back online. I am sure I erased the emails myself to try to get back into a system that is old but has been reliable, even though I did not fully realize that was what was happening. When it finally worked and I got back online, everything was gone.
I need your help, directly, if you have emailed me recently. I have no one’s email addresses, as I said. I have no one’s recent or old emails.
If you sent along a cryptozoological request, ordered a book from me (backed up by PayPal), emailed me with an educational inquiry, shared a photo (please no attachments yet), obtained a possible media interview time or promised one, requested a speaking engagement, promised me money, I have no records of any of those. But I can’t email you; no addresses. My emails were my “memory.”
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.