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Sunday, July 12, 2009

NEIL ARNOLD: THE CFZ CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL DOCUMENTARY ARCHIVE

I have known Neil for fifteen years now, since he was a mod schoolboy with ambitions for adventure and I was an earnest young hippy who merely wanted to start a club for people interested in unknown animals. Nothing much has changed over the years; we are just both a tad older....

I recently spoke with Jon as he knows of my large collection of paranormal-related documentaries and films and I mentioned about it becoming part of the CFZ Museum/archive as such. For many years I’ve collected documentaries, news clips, tv shows, films and series pertaining to monsters, ghosts, UFOs, etc, etc. I did this because I felt that too many great programmes from many years ago were simply forgotten and would no doubt be wiped from T.V. archives etc. I thought it a great idea that maybe the CFZ could have dvd copies, which kids, and whoever else was interested, could maybe view at the museum etc.

If anyone has any material they’d like to share, or wants to find an old crypto-documentary then let me know. Much of what I have will be put to disc and eventually Jon and co. could store these copies at the CFZ. I have a big list of material, from ‘big cat’ docu’s and news clips, to rare lake monster footage, to zooform shows. If you think it’s a good idea, let me know.

2 comments:

Morbus Iff said...

I'd be interested in such an archive as well. morbus@disobey.com.

stormwalkernz said...

as would I.
A Definate good idea Neil.