Abominable Snowman

Death of Bob Warth

The Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained was founded by Ivan T. Sanderson. Sanderson created the society to further his research interests and writings of Forteana, from Abominable Snowmen reports to out-of-place objects. SITU’s journal was Pursuit, and the editor from 1980 onward was Bob Warth. I’ve been informed, indirectly from his wife, via former SITU member Bob Durant that Warth died on Halloween, October 31, 2005. Bob Warth died from a hemorrhage secondary to undiagnosed colon cancer. Warth was a long-time supporter of Fortean thought, and counted among his many friends, old line SITUers, as well as individuals [...]

Yeti at Bates

Yeti at Home at Bates This weekend’s Bates College Cryptozoology Symposium will bring together artists and cryptozoologists, for the first time, as far as I know, in a credible academic setting. It is the kickoff to the June-October 2006 exhibition, and will have a good schedule of talks on cryptozoology, art, science, creativity, and more. One change in the talks is a cancellation of Rachel Berwick for personal family matters, to be replaced by June O’Neill, discussing The Great New England Sea Serpent. The weekend should be informative and fun. I am also happy to announce that the Museum has [...]

Michael Ward has died

English newspapers are reporting today, October 18, that Michael Ward has died at the age of 80. Ward was the expedition doctor on Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to explore routes up Mt. Everest. Ward, more importantly, to cryptozoology, was the doctor who was along with Eric Shipton when the now well-known Yeti or Abominable Snowman tracks were taken in 1951. “Michael Phelps Ward was born on March 26 1925 in London, and educated at Marlborough….Michael Ward, who died on October 7, married Felicity Jane Ewbank in 1957. She survives him with a son,” reported the London Telegraph, in today’s editions.