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Fossil Float Group

Group Photo from a Recent “Fossil Float” Adventure Trip

 

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Spooky Empire Rescheduled

This year’s Spooky Empire had to be scrubbed due to the untimely arrival of Hurricane Matthew.  The popular horror fest was thought lost until next year due to the Orange County Convention Center’s cancellation for public safety reasons.

SpookyEmpire2010But, good news Fans!  The OCCC was able to arrange a “rain date” for the three-day event which has been rescheduled for the weekend of December 2, 2016.  It will still be held at the West Concourse of the Convention Center on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

Pangea’s Scott Marlowe and Owl Goingback are being scheduled for book signings as well as discussion panelists for the Expo’s very popular “Author’s Track”.

Stay Tuned for additional details as they are received.

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New on YouTube

Pangea’s Ken Gerhard (Mothman Segment) and Scott Marlowe (Monkey Man Segment) are featured on a William Shatner’s Weird or What episode recently added to YouTube. Actually, the entire paranormal series is now streaming on the system.

Here’s a link to the episode:

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Marlowe Tells Creepy Tales

On Halloween week, Pangea’s Scott Marlowe told a packed house some creepy tales about things that go “bump” in the night!

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“This is the third time we’ve had Scott do a presentation for our customers and he’s brought in crowds,” said Copperfish Books co-owner, Cathy Graham.

This year, Marlowe’s new book, Weird Monsters, was featured and he also talked about backstory tidbits from his book Cryptid Creatures. Serena Wyckoff, another co-owner of the popular book stop said, Scott wove together fiction and truth, telling stories of people’s encounters with strange creatures in Florida and other places in the south: It was terrifying and fascinatng!”

Everyone is looking forward to next year!

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Mothman Festival Report

This year marked the 15th Anniversary of the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  Pangea Fellows, Ken Gerhard, Scott Marlowe, and Robert (Reese) Marlowe were there to celebrate.

The event, held in Mid-September celebtates the mysterious, winged creature — first spotted 50 years ago – that has become a cryptozoological legend and the central focus of the Hollywood Movie ‘The Mothman  Prophecies” starring Richard Gere. (The movie was based on Jeff Keel’s 1975 book.)

According to Robert Marlowe, who had time to visit the Mothman Museum this year, “Many of the propsused in the movie are on display in the museum.”

Thanks largely to the movie, and the collapse of the Silver Bridge (which the Mothman ostensibly forewarned)  the simple mention of “Point Pleasant, W.Va.” even thousands of miles from the sleepy town on the Ohio River will prompt people to ask “You mean, where that Mothman comes from?”

For those few that don’t know about the Mothman,the creature was first reported spotted near Point Pleasant, at a former ammunition depot locally called “the TNT area,” in Kanawha County between November 1966 and December 1967.

The Mothman, described as a “large, flying humanoid with ten-foot wings and glowing red eyes.” There’s a statue representing the creature stands in a park in central Point Pleasant today.

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Mothman Statue

This year’s event featured cast members from Destination America’s TV show “Mountain Monsters,” the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS), including John “Trapper” Tice, Jeff Headlee and Willy McQuillian (who investigate mysterious sightings of creatures and phenomena in the Appalachian Region), and presentations by Nick Redfern and Pangea’s Ken Gerhard, star of TV’s “Missing in Alaska” series on cable.

Pangea’s, Scott Marlowe, manned the organization’s vendor table on 4th Street – right next to the Mothman Statue. “There must have been at least 10,00 people there this year,” commented Marlowe. “We were swamped and sold out of every book we had brought along for the author’s signing table.”

The event draws fans of the paranormal; cryptozoology, new age, ghost hunters, and UFO buffs, from all over the world – even a far away as New Zealand and Australia.

Both Gerhard and Marlowe signed books that they have authored for their many readers and were “thrilled to see all their Fans and Supporters.”

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Left to right: Ken Gerhard, Jen Detviller, Robert Marlowe. Front, Scott Marlowe.

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Pilgrimage to Monroeville

Pangea’s Scott Marlowe and Robert Reese recently made a pilgrimage to Monroeville, Alabama to pay their respects to Harper Lee at her gravesite.

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“Nellie” Harper Lee

Nellie Harper Lee is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller “To Kill a Mockingbird” (published in 1960) and the recently released “Go Set a Watchman” (published in 2015), which portrays the Finch family years after the events for which they were immortalized in Mockingbird.  However, Watchman was actually written by Ms. Lee before Mockingbird and locked away for decades before being published.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” is about racial injustice in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression.  The book sold more than 40 million copies and became one of the most taught works of fiction ever written by an American author.

Ms. Lee died in her sleep at the Meadows, an assisted living facility, on Friday, February 19, 2016, in Monroeville, Alabama where she lived. She was 89 years old.

Marlowe and Reese wanted to stop by Monroeville to pay their respects while on a book signing tour of the Southern States this spring that included locations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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Harper Lee Gravestone

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Marlowe at Lee Gravesite

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Reese at Lee Gravesite

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Davies Films New Episode with Josh Gates for the Travel Channel

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Adam Davies

I have recently returned from Nepal,where I have been searching for the Yeti with television celebrity, Josh Gates.

Our investigations will be featured as part of Gates’ new series `Expedition Unknown ` which appears on the Travel Channel. Expedition Unknown chronicles the Josh’s adventures as he investigates iconic mysteries around the globe.

As you can understand, I am not able to talk about specifics until the show airs, but I can promise you that it will be an excellent episode!

Adam Davies in the Himalayas

This photo was taken by a Nepali colleague as I was descending from the Himalayas after filming with Josh Gates and his crew.

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Davies and Gerhard to Speak at International Bigfoot Conference

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Adam Davies

At the beginning of September, l will be speaking at the International Bigfoot Conference in Kennewick, Washington. A very strong line up of speakers includes Dr Bindernagel, Dr. Meldrum, Loren Coleman and another Pangea Institute Fellow,  Ken Gerhard, to name but a few will be making presentations.

My talk is about the quest for Science when doing field research, and the importance of dealing in hypothesis rather than certainties.

I will start with a general introduction to my field work, before focusing in on Bigfoot and ending with a recent investigation into the controversial Soha site in Oregon.

You can be sure that during the conference at least four of the speakers will be presenting ground breaking new evidence. If you are able, the conference will be well worth attending.

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Pangea’s Scott Marlowe Appears on Good Day Orlando

Good Day Orlando’s Amy Kaufeldt interviews cryptozoologist Scott Marlowe about Cryptids on Fox Network Station WOFL. Broadcast on July 23, 2016. By permission of WOFL Fox.

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Monster Meet Up Scheduled

Pangea, in cooperation with Author, Dave Gibson and Monster Hunter, Scott Mardis, are announcing the first Monster Meet Up expo to be held in the Ocala, Florida area.  Mark your calendars for February 18, 2017!

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The Great Icon Deliberation

Pangea’s Lamp of Learning (AKA “Aladdin’s Lamp”) icon has been around since the organization’s very beginning.  The lamp servicemark, along with our name, intending world harmony through education and the slogan, “We make learning and adventure,” epitomizes our belief in the poet Mark Van Doren’s quotation “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery” is pretty much realized.  The lamp symbolizes lighting the way to knowledge.

At the time it was selected, the lamp chosen for the icon was simply a graphic we had found that appealed to us.  Little did we know that “Life (really does) imitates art.”

One of Pangea’s many friends, Kevin A. Ranson, a Content Creator, Horror Writer, Film Critic, & US Navy veteran, who is a Fan of Pangea Institute that follows our organization on Facebook, happened to notice that our beloved icon was a dead on match to an object d’ art he had in his collection of unusual pieces he had accumulated through his world travels. Kevin was kind enough to put together and propose an “update” to the original lamp icon for us (see the images below).

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Original Lamp Icon

New Pangea Lamp Logo

Proposed Lamp Icon

Well, this creates a bit of a controversy amongst Pangea’s many Fellows, Fans, Friends, and Followers.  You see, our “traditionalists” don’t want to change our recognized symbol – even a little bit.  Yet, our “progressives” favor the change as reflecting our progress over the years we’ve been around.

This upshot is that we need your opinion to help us resolve the controversy.  So, please let us know what you think by commenting on the artwork.  After a while, we’ll assemble all the comments and the Fellows will make a decision, yay or nay, on updating or not Pangea’s esteemed symbol.

Thank you for your input!!

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