The AP & Dr. Hawks Respond

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 28th, 2007

Grover Krantz

In the wake of “Krantz Is Dead: Comment to Anthropologist Hawks,” a couple updates are worthy of passing along.

The Associated Press dispatches on the Michigan search for Bigfoot, being published since yesterday afternoon, have been revised to note that Krantz is no longer living. The media mentions the “late Grover Krantz, a Washington State University professor who specialized in cryptozoology, the study of creatures that have not been proven to exist…”

Wikipedia’s definition of “Cryptozoology,” which is fully available to the AP, has a more developed examination of the word. Saying Krantz “specialized” in cryptozoology is overstating the realities. He cared less about general cryptozoology, and more about Sasquatch studies and hominology.

Grover Krantz

Additionally, I received this reply from John Hawks:

Hi, Loren — well, I can sympathize, but whenever I discuss a quote from a newspaper article I am always careful to indicate that it may be a misquote, since I have seen many in my time. On the other hand, sometimes the *reporter* is correct, and the source really did have foot-in-mouth disease. So I’m always noncommittal. This one was a howler.

As to whether they are serious; well, there’s no doubting that, but I don’t think that seriousness deserves respect. If I thought otherwise then I would have to treat the cranks who send me anti-evolution screeds more generously.–John [Hawks, Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Madison]

I am assuming the “they” he mentions is the BFRO, and not the media.

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.

4 Responses to “The AP & Dr. Hawks Respond”

  1. Bob K. responds:

    John Hawks is typical of the play it safe, go along, get along, get yer tenure crowd. Sure, an education can help you aquire knowledge, but only God-and life-can impart wisdom. In short: the halls of academia are quite often patrolled by educated fools.

  2. DWA responds:

    There’s a poll on AOL.

    As of the time I checked in:

    Do you think the [BFRO] team may find something? Yes, there is a chance – 52%

    Do you think Bigfoot exists, or ever existed? Yes – 65%

    The results of the first question may be lower because of a continuing misperception that the critter is unique to the Pacific Northwest, of course. But more than half.

    Over 31,000 responded to each question. And I think it’s quite a stretch, given the nature of the numbers, to say that only cryptonuts vote on stuff like this. I’ve voted on more than one of these when the topic wasn’t really something I cared that much about.

    This is why I think it’s a legitimate question, despite the naysay braying that goes on in much of the mainstream press: does a majority of the American public, in fact, think the animal may be real?

    I’ve never held more hope for the so-called wisdom of the electorate.

  3. sschaper responds:

    Apparently Hawks isn’t a very decent person, and wants people to know that. OK, now they do. Hopefully, he won’t be working for a land-grant university from now on, as he doesn’t intend to meet the requirements for those organizations in the Northwest Ordinance.

  4. jodzilla responds:

    Am I reading this right? Did he actually compare cryptozoology to creationism? If so, what an idiot!!!

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