Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 28th, 2007
In the wake of “Krantz Is Dead: Comment to Anthropologist Hawks,” a couple updates are worthy of passing along.
The Associated Press dispatches on the Michigan search for Bigfoot, being published since yesterday afternoon, have been revised to note that Krantz is no longer living. The media mentions the “late Grover Krantz, a Washington State University professor who specialized in cryptozoology, the study of creatures that have not been proven to exist…”
Wikipedia’s definition of “Cryptozoology,” which is fully available to the AP, has a more developed examination of the word. Saying Krantz “specialized” in cryptozoology is overstating the realities. He cared less about general cryptozoology, and more about Sasquatch studies and hominology.
Additionally, I received this reply from John Hawks:
Hi, Loren — well, I can sympathize, but whenever I discuss a quote from a newspaper article I am always careful to indicate that it may be a misquote, since I have seen many in my time. On the other hand, sometimes the *reporter* is correct, and the source really did have foot-in-mouth disease. So I’m always noncommittal. This one was a howler.
As to whether they are serious; well, there’s no doubting that, but I don’t think that seriousness deserves respect. If I thought otherwise then I would have to treat the cranks who send me anti-evolution screeds more generously.–John [Hawks, Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Madison]
I am assuming the “they” he mentions is the BFRO, and not the media.
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.