Happy birthday, Loren Coleman!
It isn’t often that you run into an author like Loren Coleman.
His work is innovative, entertaining, and informative.
He is a “go to guy” for the media on various topics. You certainly may have seen him on The Learning Channel or Discovery, lending his accessible expertise.
Most likely, that’s been on topics of cryptozoology…Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and lesser known cryptids like the Loveland Frog and the Dover Demon.
Coleman also gets consulted on issues of mass suicide and “The Copycat Effect”…his studies include anthropology, zoology, and psychiatric social work.
Certainly, there are other authors with knowledge…but one reason Loren Coleman has succeeded for decades is that he is also a nice guy. 🙂
We’ve had some correspondence, although we’ve never met in person. That’s just me as a fan, and Coleman as the established author. I started using the term “Bufo’s Weird World” years ago, and Loren let me know that he had previously used “Weird World”. Rather than asking me to cease and desist, he said I could go ahead and use it…I’ve always been thankful for that, and it’s a generosity you don’t always encounter, either in authors or in those who are in what has been called “fringe topics”.
Definitely, the place to start with Loren Coleman is his books (after all, that’s what I did). 🙂
Coleman is an active presence on the internet, and has a list of his books here:
While I started with Coleman’s very earliest books, you might want to begin with
It’s an easy entry point…a fun read, and you may find some place you want to visit (or perhaps avoid, depending on your temperament). 😉
On the other hand, if you want more of a narrative feel with a bigger connection to world events, I’d suggest
There are many choices.
If Loren Coleman had just written books and appeared on TV and radio, that would be enough of a contribution to the world.
However, there is an important additional accomplishment, and one that you can support.
One of the biggest issues in the study of topics that are part of the weird world is that they haven’t tended to get respect. Respect and belief are two different things. Culturally, Bigfoot has had a big impact. Yet, there has been very little effort in academic circles to preserve artifacts and literature related to it.
Important items that affected the national consciousness, even if it was only for a few days, have simply disappeared through neglect.
To remedy this, Loren Coleman created the
You can visit it in Portland, Maine…but you can also support it through donations.
I donated online today, through the site above, in honor of Loren’s birthday…and you can do that, too. It’s easy to do (you can use a credit card), and in doing so, you can show your thanks to Loren if you have already read him, and help to preserve parts of America’s popular culture that are otherwise often ignored.
Thank you, Loren Coleman, for sharing your critical thinking, sense of wonder, and big heart with the world. I appreciate all you’ve done yourself, and all that you have encouraged others to do.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.