Rebsamen Tribute: Scott T. Norman

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 15th, 2008

Bill Rebsamen Scott Norman

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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.

3 Responses to “Rebsamen Tribute: Scott T. Norman”

  1. SOCALcryptid responds:

    Bill, as much as I enjoyed looking at this tribute painting, Scott would have loved it. Is this painting going to be at the movie house in Fullerton along with his Fedora hat?

  2. creatureart responds:

    Thanks for the kind words.
    This image is actually a fully digital creation. I found this pic of Scott with a baby genet on his shoulder from a bunch of pics he had sent me after his African Expedition – it just seemed perfect for the collage with two of his favorite cryptids.
    But certainly, if the Norman family approves, the Movie House can take this file and print it as a framed artwork in Scott’s honor.

    One could only wish that perhaps someday the BBC will see fit to produce the Mokele Mbembe documentary they filmed with Scott, John Kirk and Bill Gibbons. According to Scott, the BBC shot about 24 Mini-DV tapes while on expedition.


  3. gguessman responds:

    Great graphic design work Bill. I really want to get a print of the picture to hang it in my house. You really captured Scott in this picture.

    I got fairly close to Scott the last couple of years. He was a marvelous friend. He was an upbeat, competent, and passionate researcher. Mix all that with a strong physical frame and deep Christian humility and you begin to have a description of Scott Norman. The day before he saw the possible pteranodon we hiked up a ridge to the top of a small mountain. Scott was a very strong man, that is why his death was so unexpected. The morning after his 2 AM sighting, I documented everything he saw in a formal written interview questionnaire. Scott even sketched the outline of the creature for us.

    Bill, if you would like, I can scan and send you a copy of the sketch along with the interview data. Maybe you could use your artistic talent and draw or design a nice picture of what Scott saw based on this information. Just a thought.

    You have done a wonderful and fitting work to honor our friend brother, and fellow researcher.


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