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Grover, His Bones, and Kiwis

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 18th, 2009

Tena koe to you, Cryptomundo’s Kiwi reader.

Here is a programming note for Cryptomundo radio listeners in New Zealand.

There is something in the wind regarding a forthcoming segment on a show called “Nights,” hosted by Bryan Crump, about Dr. Grover Krantz, his bones, and Bigfoot.

I was interviewed during the early morning of June 18, 2009, about Krantz’s Sasquatch research, his body being at the Body Farm in Tennessee, and his skeleton mounted as a teaching specimen in the Smithsonian.

Grover S. Krantz, an anthropologist who was never afraid to take the unpopular academic position that the primates called Sasquatch actually exist, died peacefully, on the morning February 14, 2002, in his Port Angeles, Washington home. He donated his body to Science.

My recorded interview will be on a future evening segment of “Nights” on Radio New Zealand National.

The skeleton model at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was based on the above photo of Grover Krantz. “It was an outlandish wish,” his wife Diane Horton said. But “he wanted his bones someplace. … He thought he would be a good teaching specimen.” (Grover Krantz Papers — National Anthropological Archives.)

Gordon Krantz and his wolfhound, as the scholar wanted to be preserved. (Washington Post photo by Linda Davidson.)

At top, fifth-graders from Charlotte, N.C., take in the display at “Written in Bone,” a forensic anthropology study, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The skeletons of professor Grover Krantz and his beloved Irish wolfhound, Clyde, are the realization of Krantz’s ultimate wish. (Washington Post photo by Linda Davidson.)

Keep research happening…

About Loren Coleman
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.


3 Responses to “Grover, His Bones, and Kiwis”

  1. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    I hope this doesn’t sound too hokey, but I can’t ever look at that photo of Krantz and his wolfhound, locked in an eternal dance, and not get a little choked up.

    I know that to some folks the skeletons might seem a little morbid, but to me it’s just beautiful on so many levels; not least of which being the dedication to learning and discovery that Krantz exemplified.

  2. cryptidsrus responds:

    That is so cute!!! :)

    Very moving.

    Great tribute to a great man.

  3. dogu4 responds:

    An excellent example in death as in life. There are many more of us than you’d imagine who likewise would prefer to see the bones of our ancestors and ourselves above ground and illustrating the intricate beauty of our skeletal structure rather than being buried or burned, though social conventions, as artificial as they are, and the practical aspects of storing and/or luggin’ around an inamimate bag of bones, need to be respected….darn.
    Were I in Port Angeles now, I’d go down to the Salty Dawg and hoist one in his honor. Cheers.



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