Coleman, Loren (1947– )
Loren Coleman, a cryptozoologist and investigator of the
unexplained, was born on July 12, 1947, in Norfolk, Virginia,
and when three months old moved with his family to Decatur,
Illinois, where he grew up. His interest in mysterious creatures
originated in his youth and as a teenager he began to correspond
with Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, pioneer
investigators of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster.
He had his first hands-on experience in 1962, when he
found a set of ape-like footprints in south-central Illinois. He
attended Southern Illinois University (1965–1969), but
dropped out following his marriage. Over the next years he
worked at various jobs (including two years of alternative service
as a conscientious objector), attended classes at several
schools, and eventually completed his degree in 1976. He
moved on to complete a master’s in social work at Simmons
College, and during the next decade was employed in social
work and social service administration. In 1989 he became an
adjunct associate professor in social work at the University of
Southern Maine (where he continues to teach) while also teaching
at several other nearby colleges. His continuing interest in
unknown animals led to an acquaintance with Jerome Clark,
and together they authored two books, The Unidentified (1975)
and Creatures of the Outer Edge (1978). He went on to write several
books during the 1980s, among the more notable being Tom
Slick and the Search for the Yeti (1989), a chronicle of the eccentric
Texas oil millionaire’s quest to obtain undeniable evidence for
the existence of the abominable snowman. Slick died in a 1962
plane crash and much of his research had been lost. Through
the 1990s, Coleman wrote numerous articles on cryptozoology,
appeared on many radio and television shows, and
consulted on a variety of projects connected with the search for
hidden animals. Strange Magazine carried his column, ‘‘The
Cryptozoo News,’’ and he currently authors the ‘‘Mysterious
World’’ column for Fate and ‘‘On the Trail’’ column for
Fortean Times. His research over the years has culminated in
two books at the end of the decade, The Field Guide to Bigfoot,
Yeti and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide, with Patrick Hughe
(1999), and Cryptozoology A to Z The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters,
Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
(1999). In the latter volume he returned to his fruitful collaboration
with Jerome Clark. As the new century begins,
Colemen continues active research on unknown animals across
North America. He has built a large library on cryptozoology
as well as a large collection of artifacts. In 1997 he was inducted
into the Roger Patterson Memorial Hall of Fame (Patterson
being known for his film of Bigfoot) housed at the Bigfoot Museum
in Portland, Oregon.
Sources
Coleman, Loren. Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti. London
Faber and Faber, 1989.
———, and Jerome Clark. Creatures of the Outer Edge. New
York Warner Books, 1978.
———. Cryptozoology A to Z The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters,
Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature.
New York Fireside, 1999.
———. The Unidentified. New York Warner Books, 1975.
———, and Patrick Hughe. The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti
and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide. New York Avon, 1999.

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