Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 8th, 2009
Excuse me for being a little sad today. I am seeing an old friend (that Bigfoot on my porch) leave my home in a few days. And a girlfriend too (the FeeJee Mermaid). And other companions. Change is difficult even though what is happening is good.
Oh, then too, I’m so very busy. Packing and getting ready for the big move. Ever since I fell off a cliff on September 25, 1993, bursting my L1 vertebra, I’ve had to limit my fieldwork and lifting has been a pain – pun intended. Moving around boxes has been a chore, but I have great volunteers. As I say goodbye to the home museum, once again, I say “thank you” again to all of you and more.
I have much to be thankful about. Michelle for that call that offered the space comes to mind, of course. I appreciate the logo artwork design Duncan donated to the museum a few years ago, to my first on-site docents Jess and Jeff for assisting now with the packing of the museum, for all the assistance my sons Caleb and Malcolm have given to the effort, for new volunteer Sarah this week for some insightful internal design ideas at the new site, for Rob for working on exacting blueprints of the museum in the fight we lost to the IRS, for the people who sent in welcome donations a few weeks ago, for the BCSCC for their generous moving funds (which will take care of about half of what that’s costing), for Richard & Patrick supplying books for the opening, for Lee finishing up Caddy before the opening, and for all the others of you who have been there in the past and recent future. More thanks down the road.
As a way to say goodbye to my home-based cryptozoology museum, here’s Boing Boing TV’s video of their visit:
I can’t bear to watch it anymore.
Good publicity, such as from USA Today, also results in papers like the Bangor Daily News dragging out old photos like the one above. Okay, so I agreed to the photographer doing something creative. What kind I say. It was Halloween! LOL.
Please positively assist the move of the International Cryptozoology Museum, as it soon opens in downtown Portland, Maine. Please click on the button below (not the one up top) to take you to PayPal to send in your museum donation. Your donations are needed badly, as you can imagine, as the moving expenses and set-up mounts.
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.