Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 10th, 2012
As the Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum, I thought folks might be interested in a formal position the museum is now taking for at least the next year. We will not be involved in next year’s summer Halloween celebrations at our local minor league baseball park, and shall be rejecting involvement in any of this year’s possible Halloween Bigfoot costume contests in the wake of the Randy Lee Tenley event.
As you all recall, Mr. Tenley decided to wear a Ghillie suit in August and go out on Highway 93, to create a Bigfoot hoax. He was killed when hit by two cars.
For the next year, the museum will not be associated with Bigfoot costume contests, giveaways, and other events that might end in a hoax. A fake YouTube film. Or a death.
It is just too soon.
More discussions need to occur about the responsibility of reality television shows in these events.
Thomas Byers took a tape of “Bigfoot” along Golden Valley Church Road in Rutherford County, NC on March 22, 2011.
It is obvious that such programming has promoted people crossing highways in Bigfoot costumes, and having someone else electronically record their antics for posting on YouTube, with the hope of the fake footage being used by major cable television production companies.
What are your thoughts as Halloween approaches?
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.