2006: Mothman’s 40th

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 14th, 2006

“Batman” (starring Adam West) premiered on January 12, 1966 – 40 years ago!

Which reminds me that this will be the 40th anniversary of all things Mothman.

The large bird-like cryptids were said to be “first” seen in the Ohio River valley area around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in Mason County. After the initial sightings, they were given the name “Mothman” by a copyeditor at an Ohio newspaper who was a big fan of the new Batman television series. The first Mothman sightings that received widespread media attention occurred on November 15, 1966.

As it turns out, TNT broadcast The Mothman Prophecies on January 14, 2006, and on Friday the 13th, the Travel Channel’s Weird Travels has an episode called “Creepy Creatures,” including a discussion of Mothman.

Will this year’s “Mothman Festival” in Point Pleasant be the biggest yet?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

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