Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 21st, 2006
There is finally a political candidate we can all back, totally, and support, unconditionally.
Tim the Yowie Man may be running for election in Australia in 2008.
According to the media reports out of Australia for June 21, 2006, the threat is a serious one:
The wrath of parents may be the least of ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope’s concerns after the announcement the nation’s chief Yowie hunter may fight him at the next election. Tim the Yowie Man has issued a challenge to Mr Stanhope to reverse a string of Budget cuts announced on June 6 or face him at the polls.
He formally changed his name to Tim the Yowie Man after spotting an unidentified black hairy creature in Canberra’s Brindabella Mountains in 1994, and has since carved out a curious career as a mystery investigator.
“Today, is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and given the short sightedness of the Stanhope government’s budget, I feel it is an appropriate day to announce this challenge,” Mr Yowie Man said.
Mr Stanhope announced plans to shut 39 schools and raised taxes 6 per cent in the Budget but still delivered a deficit of $80 million.
The Yowie Man, better known for his books on the mythical beast and as the operator of Canberra ghost tours, said he would offer his hearse to the Government.
“I should offer the hearse to Jon Stanhope and (ACT education minister) Andrew Barr to commute to work – especially because their policies are killing our local schools,” the Yowie Man said.
According to the Australian account, a comment was sought from Jon Stanhope. Since the media didn’t publish any from Mr. Stanhope, I guess we are to assume the Chief Minister was left speechless by Tim the Yowie Man.
Footnote to our friend Tim the Yowie Man (the former Mr. Tim Bull): Let us know when your headquarters open so we may publish an address for contributions and volunteers.
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.