Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 22nd, 2006
Vance Orchard passed away March 7, 2006, in Walla Walla, Washington, ending a wonderful life of Bigfoot searching and reporting.
Discussed here was Vance’s personal journey and what he appreciated from his quest.
Vance also mentioned, in talks with me, a 1966 incident that drew him into the hunt for Bigfoot. Due to that incident, which he wrote about and was picked up by the Associated Press, Vance received a visit from Roger Patterson.
Thanks to Scott McClean who has finally found the original article (below), and shares this news item with Cryptomundo.
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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.