Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 24th, 2008
Okay, so the power was turned off in the bfters’ freezer in Georgia, they are telling us. Okay, they are being harassed. All the July fees for the bftrackers “expeditions” are being refunded. What does this all sound like to you? Is an exit scenario being developed?
As I mentioned here yesterday, late last night a “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” producer invited me to come on as their guest to discuss the Georgia Bigfoot body case and the Grassman episode of “MonsterQuest.” I was exhausted from the Royal Alberta Museum jetlag, so I respectfully declined. The program then asked Matt Moneymaker, and he appeared last night.
Here is the C2C summary of what he said:
First hour guest Matt Moneymaker responded to the story of a policeman claiming to have a dead Bigfoot. He explained that this story has been brewing in the Bigfoot research community for the last few weeks but has just recently garnered mainstream press. Moneymaker passionately declared the “Bigfoot body” tale to be a hoax.
Later, he talked about the Ohio “Grassman” and said that this was just a regional name that had been given to Ohio’s version of Bigfoot. Moneymaker observered that the state has a high number of Bigfoot reports and speculated that this was due to the strong deer population in the area.
Of course, what I don’t understand about Moneymaker is why he wants to pick fights with everyone, per usual, these days.
Recently on one of the Bigfoot forums, Moneymaker had this to say about my and Patrick Huyghe’s The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates:
There is NOT more than one species of undiscovered giant primate in North America. Some people may want to ‘believe’ that … and other people may want to sell books by suggesting that (and may even include hokey sketches to illustrate different types of undiscovered primates in North America). But that is total nonsense. Those types of authors are only concerned with selling books, rather than truth or the progress of sicence. The BFRO collectively knows far more about these animals than than those authors, and we know they are wrong on that issue.
As offensive as the Georgia Bigfoot body? The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates
Moneymakey demeans himself and the field to the public by talking about “types of authors” as if I am not in this for the science of cryptozoology and that I do not consider my conclusions based on valid evidence of pongids vs hominids. Not liking Harry Trumbore’s art, I suppose, is in the eye of the beholder, and I need not get defensive about that.
I am open to saying I don’t have all the answers but have a few suggestions, apparently unlike the BFRO, which seems to say they know all. I view the diversity in the reports, worldwide, that they do not. Why is that threatening to them? Nevertheless, I understand there is a place for the BFRO, in all of this, too. I do not dismiss their work by questioning their products or appearances or calling it “nonsense.” Moneymaker’s statements, however, would be like me saying that he went on Coast to Coast AM last night to merely sell tee-shirts or promote his expeditions (which I am not even against placing a link here to the BFRO descriptions of their treks).
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.