On July 9th, from NBC’s Today Show to worldwide news service rewrites of the Sunday New York Times article, this all is keeping this new Mapinguary mania alive. And we all thought the interest in this creature was dead a decade ago. Sadly, the articles being spread from the UPI are often headlined with this one, “Numerous Tribes See Brazillian ‘Bigfoot’,” but then open with comments on the locals “have spoken throughout the years of seeing a giant, fearsome, slothlike creature that roams the rainforest.” The articles are going with the Bigfoot/primate headlines, but talking only about the giant ground [...]
Men in Cryptozoology
Sterling Edmund Lanier, 79, who just died in Sarasota, Florida, harkens back to an era of early cryptozoologists and adventurers. Lanier worked as an editor at Chilton Books in the 1960s, alongside Ivan T. Sanderson, also an editor at Chilton. Chilton Books in 1961 published Sanderson’s famous book, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life. Sanderson and Lanier moved in similar natural history and publishing circles for a few years. Lanier wrote the foreword for one of Sanderson’s friends, Roger A. Caras’ 1964 Chilton-published book, Dangerous to Man; Wild Animals A Definitive Study of Their Reputed Dangers to Man. Born in [...]
John Hawks, (Ph.D., 1999) an anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, writes a popular blog on all subjects he feels impact on anthropology. His contributions are usually intelligent and look at various sides of anthropological debates. However, once in a blue moon, usually with tongue-in-cheek, Hawks writes about Bigfoot-related items, such as his take on the 2005 Texas conference. Intriguingly, the way most cryptozoologically-oriented students find their way to Hawks is when they search for information on Gigantopithecus, as he noted in 2006, here. Now his newest assault on hominology is about how Bigfooters have brought back [...]
Blake Mathys was born in Ohio on May 31, 1980. On June 17th of that same year, a local Ohio farmer saw a hairy creature at the end of a field. The next day, 17 inches-long footprints were found in a wet area in the woods near where the creature had been standing. Blake’s uncle, Donald Mathys, made a plaster cast of one of those footprints. Blake grew up hearing the stories of that birthyear incident. He also would look often through a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the sightings and footprint discoveries, which occurred around Logan and Union Counties [...]
Missing: The virtual vanishing of Dennis Hall, the founder and director of ChampQuest, is upsetting seekers and friends. Dennis Hall is shown above during the happier days of the U-Haul Champ promotion. Used with prior permission. For months, Lake Champlain Monster hunter Dennis Hall has not been able to be located. His old website, ChampQuest.com is now posting this message: “Gone. The requested resource is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource.” Attempts to reach Hall that I have made to his (old?) telephone number in Paton, Vermont, [...]
Can you identify the cryptozoologist? This recent photograph of a cryptozoologist was taken in the wilds of Washington State. What’s your CZ IQ? Do you know whom this person is? If you are immediately aware, because you know this person, please hold off with an instant answer. Allow others to have a bit of speculative Friday fun. Thanks.