Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009



On cryptomundo Loren gives some sad details of the final days of fortean legend John Keel. Having nursed my own father through his final illness, and seen an imploring, giant of a man both physically and mentally - someone who forged the empire like an escapee from the pages of Kipling - reduced to a frightened, frail figure, who was doubly incontinent, and scared of the dark, and had to be tucked in to bed and kissed goodnight like a small child, was a particularly humbling experience. So my heart goes out to Doug, and everyone else who supported Keel at the end. When my time comes, I hope that at too have friends like that around me....


Loren Coleman said...

Jon, my absolutely heartfelt condolences to you on your loss of your father again. You bring it vividly home, those last days for him ~ and you.

Those we have had to say good-bye to, indeed, do remain alive, don't they, inside of us. Hopefully, you, I and all our friends and foes can spend some time in comfort, with others, before we pass into the next phase of our search for the answers to old and new mysteries.

You take care of your health, and hang out for several decades more, yourself!

My best to you, my friend and all at CFZ,

Jon Downes said...

Thank you Loren. That is very sweet of you to say so.Losing my parents was a very strange experience, and whenever I read about people who - like John Keel appears to have done - go through psychological changes at the end of their lives which isolate them from their friends and family, I cannot but remember the deaths of my own parents.

Senescence is a strange thing.

I have long been of the opinion that `death education` should be taught in schgools. After all, kids have sex education, and death is an evcen more universal experience...