New Haven Cryptozoology Article: The Rest of the Story

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 20th, 2013

Last Tuesday, January 15, 2013, I made a charity appearance at the Institute Library in New Haven, Connecticut.

Reporter Randall Beach of the New Haven Register in Sunday’s January 20, 2013 edition, gave a good overview of the flavor of the crowd. As often happens in reports coming from the notes of the writer, some items are the ones that different factions in Bigfootery settle on in recalling an event, even if what is reported to have been said is not exactly what happened.

Read the article, “Could it be? Looking for Bigfoot and Other Cryptids of the Wild,” and then take note of my clarifications here:

In discussing the recent DNA news, I quoted John Hawks, the Wisconsin anthropologist, in my agreeing with his notion that “no data, no discovery” is the stance to take. My attribution to Hawks was absence from the article.

I said that quotes supposedly from the researcher in Texas, saying ridiculous things like “These are angels from heaven,” were released on Facebook, and that does not help the cause of serious research on Bigfoot. Those remarks were denied later as having been said by the Texas individual. The article does not make it clear I was talking about the leakage and not the exacting quotations.

In the solving of the source of the “Montauk Monster,” at my New Haven talk, I was clear to credit myself and others for pointing to a “raccoon in second-stage decomposition,” as what the thing on the beach was. Besides myself and a New York game official, Darren Naish was behind the solution too.

My quote about Bigfoot hoaxers being “really evil people” came in the midst of some joking between myself and the reporter who was supporting a past presenter as not being “evil.” I agreed, because, of course, I was not talking about the “fun element” that his friend seemed to get from being a trickster. Therefore, I limited the “evilness” just to Bigfoot hoaxsters, alone, in a light moment between the reporter and me, in front of the entire audience. But that is not too obvious in the article.

Also, the news item said: “He got interested in the field when he was a kid. The date was March 20, 1960. He saw a Japanese documentary, Half Human, about the Yeti (the Abominable Snowman).”

Actually, I would never call Half Human a “documentary.” It is a narrative science fiction film made by a former documentary filmmaker. I am rather certain I may have called it a “docudrama,” but not a “documentary.” That’s a big difference.

The last paragraph tries to capture the last story and joke I told for the night.

The article says:

He took his son with him. When his boy got back and told his teacher he had spent his summer “looking for the Loch Ness monster,” the teacher told Coleman, “I think your son is delusional. You need to come down here for counseling.”

What I actually said was that I took my two sons, Caleb and Malcolm, with me on my Loch Ness expedition in 1999. Upon returning to the USA, and after the beginning of the school year, one of them was required to write an essay on “what did you do last summer.”

One of my sons wrote about how he had gone to Loch Ness, searching for the Loch Ness Monster. A teacher called me and was worried that perhaps my son was making up things, delusional, and needed counseling. I went to the school, educated them about my work, books, television appearances, and the reality of the expedition. I said, with a smile and a laugh, “No, my son is not delusional, but you might think I am the one who is delusional.”

Great laughter broke out, and Joshua Foer turned to me, saying, “On that, let’s end and go to questions….”


Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, left, speaks with host Joshua Foer during a talk about legendary creatures such as the Abominable Snowman and Bigfoot at the Institute Library in New Haven. Photo-Peter Casolino 1/15/13


Loren Coleman and Joshua Foer. Photos above and below by Michael Esordi.


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.

5 Responses to “New Haven Cryptozoology Article: The Rest of the Story”

  1. drjon responds:

    Glad to see you cleared this up! The reported remarks certainly looked atypical of you, to me.

  2. John Melland responds:

    I can’t believe that teacher thought that kid had psych problems. Wow! I think it was great that his dad went to have a presentation at his boy’s class. That would have made me proud!

  3. mandors responds:

    Hoaxers are evil. You don’t have to equivocate.

  4. omarsmith responds:

    i watch finding bigfoot all the time and the out come is always the same . i believe this creature does exist due to an incounter with something when i was younger . i see these folks goin out tryin to find this creature with absolutly no results week after week . theres a reason for this , and its not because they are not there . its because of the manner they do their investigations . when you go out into the woods to hunt for any thing . the very first rule to follow is to be as quite as you can and this is for even the dumbest of creatures . i dont care what it is . the very first thing they do is go out and start doing all these hollors and screams , lol my god man id run . these things arent stupid and if they ever plan on getting even the smallest glimpse of this thing , they have to be silent and willing to stay in one spot for a long period of time . doing things that are normal behavior . thats why they get seen when they do , its because they are curious as to our life style . and when you start making load noises out in the middle of nowhere everything within hearing will go out of their way to get away . you dont hunt deer or bear by doing deer or bear calls ? lol

  5. sasquatch responds:

    Yeah I know…The other night on the Colorado show, they split up as usual and Matt made a call, then Renae on walkie talkie says “O.k. now I’ll answer with a wood knock” !!!??? What the…I thought they were ‘spose to wait for the BIGFOOT to answer! Of course-nothing.
    Disappointingly goofy.

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