Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 12th, 2010
In New Zealand, on Friday night, February 12, 2010, the long ago announced mockumentary ripping into the conference goers attending Don Keating’s Bigfoot gathering in 2009 was televised.
Photo By Michael Neilson/The Daily Jeffersonian/May 4, 2009
Caption published by the Ohio newspaper: Area Bigfoot authority Don Keating is interviewed by Leigh Hart, host of Mysterious Planet, a New Zealand television series dealing with strange phenomenon. The interview was during the 21st annual Bigfoot Conference/Expo Saturday at Salt Fork Resort and Conference Center. Filming is videographer Brent Spillane.
Leigh “That Guy” Hart’s Mysterious Planet: The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries has not been viewed yet, but the way it is being portrayed in the Kiwi media, one does wonder how much fun is being made of the Bigfooters. It will be recalled that Hart misrespresented himself as a straight-forward documentary filmmaker, and ended up giving a presentation to the crowd when a MonsterQuest producer reportedly cancelled. (Read more here: Kiwi Hoax.)
On Friday, the New Zealand media had this to say:
Hart said the study of Big Foot [sic], the first show in the six-part series, almost turned into a study of the strange habits of fanatics at a Big Foot [sic] conference in Ohio.
He says the Bigfoot fanatics spend most of their time blogging about the hairy creature, and “unless Bigfoot goes online, I don’t think they are going to catch him”.
We haven’t seen any footage from the show, but we shall share what comes our way.
Hart is a master of disguises to fool the people he wishes to make fools of, or at least he thinks he is.
One of Leigh Hart’s previous trips to Bigfoot country:
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.