Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 29th, 2009
The Texas Bigfoot Conference for 2009 has come and gone, and it was a success. My thanks to all the great people who introduced themselves to me, and said hi.
The city of Tyler was a wonderful host city. No doubt, you will see the gathering back there in the future.
The conference functioned on many levels.
The one seen by most folks (over 350 attendees) was an intensively scientific one, in which serious talks by world-class biologists, authors, and experts occurred in a huge lecture hall and at the evening banquet.
Then there was the popular cultural aspect of the event, taking place in the long area next to the lecture hall, filled with vendors of books, DVDs, keychains, bumper stickers, tee-shirts, other souvenirs, and a collectible watch.
Finally, around the edges, the attendees, members of the TBRC and the speakers engaged in the social interactive component. Some fine discussions occurred during the breaks in the lectures, in the vendor area, at the bar-b-que the night before, before and after the talk at the banquet, during the Sunday zoo tour, plus late into the nights, in the hotel lobby sitting area.
Because the first photos are in from one of the vendors, Yolie Moreno, producer of the world-famous Sasqwatch, that is where I will start.
Due to her winning smile (pictured above and below, along with someone else), Moreno convinced some of us, for nothing more than a “thank you,” to become hand models (a la’ Seinfeld) and be photographed wearing her Sasqwatch.
So here are some of the first photographs from the event, happening in the vendor hall, away from the serious talks in the conference venue.
Can you recognize some of these faces and the people in the background?
I will post more on the other aspects of the Texas Bigfoot conference today and in the coming days.
Wear your Sasqwatch and join the past patrons in supporting the International Cryptozoology Museum as it opens in downtown Portland, Maine.
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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.