Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 15th, 2012
Titanic’s Grimm Link to Cryptozoology, Including Big Bird, Bigfoot, Yeti and Nessie
by Loren Coleman
On page 102 of my 1999 book, Cryptozoology A to Z,, I wrote about a man who had just passed away: Jack Grimm.
As today is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, I reproduce that short biography:
Grimm, Jack (1925- 1998)
Jack Grimm, who came to be known through media stories about his “quixotic quests” to find Bigfoot, Noah’s Ark, the Loch Ness Monsters, and the Titanic was, with Tom Slick and F. Kirk Johnson, among the Texas millionaries who gave financial and other support to cryptozoologists.
Founder of Grimm Oil Company, the man known in his native Ablilene as “Cadillac Jack” spent a reported $2 million to find and salvage the Titanic in the 1980s. He recovered approximately 1,700 artifacts from the wreckage in 1987 but has not been credited with finding the legendary ship first.
In the 1970s Grimm spent millions of dollars in quests for Noah’s Ark and Nessie. He hired two photographers to slog through the western Canadian wilderness in a futile hunt for Sasquatch.
Grimm died on January 8, 1998.
Jack Grimm promotes his 1982 book, Beyond Reach: The Search for the Titanic.
Grimm furthermore, reportedly, sponsored search parties seeking the Abominable Snowmen in Nepal. In a 1983 newspaper, he was also credited with having hunted for Texas’s Big Bird of the 1970s.
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.