Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 23rd, 2007
John A. Keel rarely attends conferences these days. However, he will be lecturing in October 2007.
UNIV-CON, the national paranormal conference, is to be held at Penn State University, in the town of State College, Pennsylvania, over the weekend of October 18-21, 2007.
As noted, among the conference lecturers is scheduled to be Fortean researcher and author John A. Keel of The Mothman Prophecies fame. Keel will specifically be coming out of retirement to give a talk on Saturday, October 20, 2007.
The organizers’ promotional material claims that UNIV-CON is considered to be the largest paranormal conference in America and is the only paranormal conference held at a university. (There may be some disagreement on that final point, among other conference organizers.)
Most of the other lecturers are associated with ghost and/or psychic phenomena.
Another speaker will be author and vampire researcher Michelle Belanger.
The timing of this conference is intriguing as it will be competing with various conferences, gatherings, and informal local celebrations being planned around North America, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the filming of the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot footage on October 20, 1967, at Bluff Creek.
For full and complete info on the UNIV-CON and the scheduled speakers, please see here.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.