Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 18th, 2010
When I introduced Monster in the Woods (2008, director Andy Davis) at Merrill Auditorium two years ago, humorist Tim Sample introduced me. I remarked that my work had been laughed at more often than his.
Pause for the laughs.
Okay, I’m not a comedian and sometimes my jokes do bomb. But as a cryptozoologist, you do have to retain your sense of humor, so on Saturday, January 12, 2008, I naturally talked a bit seriously about what a “cryptozoologist” does, as three characters in that 2008 indie feature-length fiction film assumed that role (including me).
So, what does a cryptozoologist do?
I’ve been replying to this question for most of my last 50 years, in person and in print.
A cryptozoologist does what?
The answer may be as elusive as Yeti and Sasquatch, or merely amusing and revealing.
What does a cryptozoologist do?
I decided to search a bit, and found this footage of another’s answer to this often-heard question:
This clip is from The Shabbos Bigfoot (2006), which is directed by Patrick Coleman Duncan (no relation); starring Andrew Goldenberg (Reeling in Reality, Outtakes of the Christ), Heidi Schooler (Inland Empire, Calling Hedy Lamarr), Rebecca Metz (Nip/Tuck, Without A Trace); full running time: 22 minutes.
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.