Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 8th, 2008
The cryptozoology artist Bill Rebsamen remembers Scott Norman.
Cryptozoology has lost a passionate heart in the person of Scott Norman.
I met Scott 10 years ago after I purchased my first Mac for home use and tried out a free membership to AOL. Within the first week I had used AOL’s search engine to locate other people of cryptozoological interests. The first people I met that week were Scott Norman and Matthew Bille.
Scott and I became fast friends and he kindly built my first ever website to showcase my art. Scott was always very patient and helpful towards me since I was new to the whole world of computers and the internet.
Scott was a wonderful Christian brother and lived an honest Christ-like walk. He truly loved the Lord, his fellow man and all God’s creation. Scott was gentle soul, very thoughtful of others. There is no telling how far reaching he kind spirit was considering his many contacts worldwide.
Scott was one of the few Cryptozoological researchers to have actually had an encounter with a cryptid (or cryptids as the case might be). Both times were a total surprise to him. He once ended up on the flat on the ground ducking a mysterious winged creature and the other time was yanked into an African river by an unseen creature on the other end of a sonar line!
We will miss Scott, but rest assured, he now knows the answers to a myriad of mysteries while in the presence of God who created all things great and small. Bill Rebsamen
Mokele-mbembe (and River Ness, middle of the page) art is all courtesy of Bill Rebsamen. Click on image directly above for a larger view.
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.