March 20, 2012

Year 52 on 3.20.2012

Tuesday, March 20th will be my unofficial, official 52th anniversary of being involved with cryptozoology. For me, this all began on March 20, 1960.

Casually, curiously, and unconsciously, I zoomed into being a cryptozoologist after watching Half Human , while concurrently reading Charles Fort (don’t forget, he has some great sections on Sea Serpents and the Jersey Devil), Raymond Ditmers, and Roy Chapman Andrews. Then I quickly discovered Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson.

Decatur Herald & Review, Decatur, Illinois (1963)
“Carrier of the Week”
Zoology Boy’s Career Aim

{The article tells of Loren Coleman being picked as “Carrier of the Week” of the newspaper. It shared the following:}
His hobbies include photography and a collection of data on the Abominable Snowman….His parents say the paper route has given Loren a greater sense of responsibility and maturity. It has shown him the value of
money and of working for and obtaining objects he desires, they say.
His supervisor, Gay Keyl, said “Loren does an excellent job all the time and his customers appreciate his fine service.”

Loren in Illinois, investigating, 1960s.

Life choices were made, from what I would read to where I went to school, from what I would write to where I would live, based on cryptozoology, oftentimes.

No doubt about it, my sons have always been my first priority, more than they may ever know, but in the background, between supporting their baseball, taking them to Loch Ness, working with suicide prevention, teaching/researching at a university, making media and more, it has always been cryptozoology – a passion that has never died.

This year could be another exciting one. I’ll see Atlas Obscura Day come to the International Cryptozoology Museum again this year, on April 28th ~ and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Dover Demon at that event – with a visual presentation.

In 2012, I’ll be traveling about the country (including to West Virginia, Michigan, Texas, and other locales) to give talks and look into various cryptozoological mysteries. Additionally, late in September and early in October, 2012, I will go to Paris, France, to speak at two conferences.  I hopefully will give myself enough time to visit both the natural history museum and the zoo in Paris.

Help celebrate my 52th anniversary with a donation to my life’s cause, now physically realized in the world’s only nonprofit museum on cryptozoology.

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Start 2012 on a positive note. Give to a good cryptozoology cause.

Much appreciation.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

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