Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 6th, 2011
Loren Coleman is to appear at Ripley’s Museum on January 7th for True Giants and Monsters of New Jersey signings, while researching a forthcoming work on the famous 19th century Florida Monster. He will be doing an indepth study of the cryptozoology exhibits shown at the Ripley’s museum on January 8th. Coleman will also be appearing on Ripley’s Podcast Radio show, as well.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum has issued this press release. (Will it lead to researchers finding ignored old True Giants accounts in their files?
Ripley’s St. Augustine Hosts World Renowned Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Dec. 28, 2010) – Loren Coleman has spent more than five decades looking for creatures many people think don’t exist. As the world’s leading living cryptozoologist, Coleman has been involved in researching, writing about, and traveling the world searching for Bigfoot, Yeti, and The Loch Ness Monster since 1960.
Coleman [is] to appear at Ripley’s museum on January 7 for a book signing while researching a forthcoming book on the famous 19th century Florida Monster.
Perhaps the only creature as elusive as those cryptids is Coleman himself. Coleman’s public appearances are rare, and book signings even more so. But he plans to arrive in St. Augustine Friday January 7 for just such an event at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
The author of 35 books and a popular blogger at Cryptomundo, Coleman will be signing his two books published in 2010, True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? and Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State from 6 to 8 p.m. Additionally, he will have copies of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and his biography of the Yeti hunter, Tom Slick.
Coleman, who is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, also intends to research material for two new books while in St. Augustine. Over a century ago, the Nation’s Oldest City made headlines for the so-called Florida Monster that washed up at St. Augustine Beach, the mysterious event of 1896 which still has modern day scientists baffled. Believed at the time to be the carcass of a giant octopus, the 25 foot long body of the unknown sea creature has never been positively identified. While in St. Augustine, Coleman also plans to profile the Ripley’s collection for an additional forthcoming book.
Coleman’s appearance on the Ripley’s Podcast Radio show will be recorded during his visit and be broadcast from their website shortly thereafter.
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.