Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 2nd, 2009
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I was just interviewed by a news reporter in Vermont who will be breaking the “Champ video” story in the mainstream media overnight. (Needless to say, he wanted to ask me my opinion on this breaking news item, based on my research in this arena.)
More importantly for now, the journalist mentioned some details of the May 31st incident with me.
I first asked him about the identity of the YouTube poster.
I bet some youthful masters of the Internet who read Cryptomundo could find out much info on “mookiebone,” if they tried. The name behind the YouTube handle was discovered quickly by journalistic cyberdetectives, I was told.
The reporter won’t share the name of the casual videographer with me today, but it will be published tomorrow. As it turns out, the reporter, by chance, learned that he knows the 37-year-old man, who happened to have been a former tenant of his in Burlington. He said the YouTube poster used the name, just like everyone else does on that site, but that the man is grounded and “just an ordinary guy.”
The video individual isn’t really interested in publicity, and doesn’t make any claims that he filmed Champ. All he really says is that what he recorded was too large for a dog, didn’t look like anything he’d seem in Lake Champlain before, and doesn’t know what it was/is.
How the taping occurred was that the person was down at the lake, using his cellphone to capture the early morning scenery. He’d done the same thing the week before, and that footage is also up on Facebook and/or YouTube.
The man saw something, remained quiet, pushed the zoom button that is on his cellphone, and continued recording what he was seeing.
To answer a question mentioned by Cryptomundo comment makers, this eyewitness turned off his cellphone because he got worried that he was running out of memory in the cellphone. He felt that if that happened, he might loss all that he’d recorded, and he didn’t want that to occur.
The cellphone cameraman then stayed around for a half hour or so, waiting to see if “it” came back, came out of the water, and/or came on shore. Nothing happened and no re-appearances occurred.
The newsman knows exactly where the footage was taken, and the size of the object filmed is, he assured me, quite large, with the indication of the seeming separate structure (tail? a young animal?) behind the main creature being rather apparent to him.
The reporter was level-headed about his news approach to the story, neither sensationalistic nor ridiculing in his discussion with me, but sincerely curious.
I’ll post the article by this reporter as soon as I am aware of it.
The name and background of the 37-year-old individual who took the footage has been revealed in the newly published article, and enhanced enlarged photos have been added to the greatly revised posting, “Media and Others Take Closer Look At ‘Champ Video’” of June 3rd. Please examine those images, and leave comments there, if you wish.
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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.