Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 15th, 2010
At last night’s Portland Phoenix annual “Best of Portland” Red Carpet VIP Dinner and Awards Party, the International Cryptozoology Museum won, in its first year of operation, as this year’s “Best of Portland” winner for “Best Museum.” In a night filled with surprises, where the awards to be announced were picked randomly out of a presentation box, the “Best Museum” award came first. I found myself having to break the ice by going up to receive my plaque at the start of the evening, not even knowing if an acceptance speech was part of what was expected. (They were not, thus making the event of scores of awards go by, thankfully, “quickly,” between 7 and 10 p.m.)
Incredibly, against five listed and previously nominated choices, minutes later, it was announced that I ran away with the write-in victory, as the 2010 “Best of Portland” award-winner for “Best Author.” The host, the Portland Phoenix managing editor, yelled out to the audience that I was the author of not 17 books, but 30 books. So much for my low profile in Portland for all these years, in this, my 50th year of cryptozoology!
Jeff Meuse, Chief Docent Coordinator, and Loren Coleman hold the awards, while Jeff’s wife takes the photo (above). Loren’s two sons show the plaques for the night (below).
Thanks to everyone for voting for the museum and me, sincerely.
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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.